How will you use your power to drive progress for girls and women?

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The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 will bring together diverse voices to discuss and unite around the Programme of Action. We asked Women Deliver Young Leaders, Humanitarian Advocates, and Deliver for Good Campaign Partners to share their thoughts on how they will use their power during ICPD25.

How will you use your power during ICPD to help drive progress for girls and women?

 

"I will use my power to hold decision-makers accountable against their broken promises in Cairo 25 years ago.  Our sexual rights are our basic rights and we will not allow our governments to veto decisions around them and compromise them. Women and girls, youth, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual violence, LGBTIQ individuals, and migrants have a right to live in dignity."

- Diana Abou Abbas, Executive Director of Marsa Sexual Health Center and Women Deliver Humanitarian Advocate

"I will be advocating for more funds to implement comprehensive programs that target women and girls in humanitarian settings, including initiatives that provide greater access to lifesaving, quality, and human rights-based SRH services."

- Cecilia Chami, Program’s Officer at Lebanon Family Planning Association for Development & Family Empowerment and Women Deliver Humanitarian Advocate 

"I will use my power to stand with women from all over the world to advocate for access to HIV prevention, care and treatment options, informed choices for women along with integration of HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights services towards achieving the global goal of ending AIDS by 2030."

- Dr. Lilian Benjamin Mwakyosi, Tanzania Youth Alliance/DARE Organization Tanzania and Women Deliver Young Leader

"As an ambassador for SDG5 and activist for sexual reproductive health and rights in my country, I am interested in the robust implementation of ICPD in Central Asian countries. By participating at the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, I want to amplify youth voices from Central Asia to push our governments and the broader international community to catalyze commitments into real action backed by financial resources and political will. As a young person, I will use all possible technologies to mobilize and involve more young people to lead us towards a more sustainable world."

- Asel Kubanychbekova, Founder of Public Union Women's Entrepreneurship Development Fund and Women Deliver Young Leader Alumni

"I will use my power to speak up on the pressing issues faced by women and youth in Latin America, shedding light on the lack of access to legal and safe abortion and proper SRHR in countries such as my own, Nicaragua, which has one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancies in the region. I will also use my power to promote youth-led accountability by holding my government, the United Nations, and other reporting agencies accountable for data and information sharing when creating reports that leave out the perspectives of vulnerable populations and civil society." 

- Beverly Moise Morais, Gender and Social Inclusion Advisor at Cuso International and Women Deliver Young Leader

"I will use my power to advocate for girls’ rights to education and to sexual and reproductive health services. Often, adolescents do not have access to information on sexual health and contraception because of the sociocultural, economic, and religious constraints they face in today’s world. We must help girls access the various services available, firstly by fighting to remove all obstacles to their development at school."

- Ibrahima Fall, Youth Project Manager at Jeunes Ambassadeurs SRPF and Deliver for Good Senegal Partner 

Why is ICPD such an important moment for girls and women around the world?

 

"Twenty-five years later, we live in a world where women and girls are facing a pushback on all the gains from ICPD 1994. In the Global South, social pressure, violence, and stigma dictate how women and girls lead their lives and control their health and wellbeing. We need to take this opportunity to push for an updated Programme of Action that does not leave anyone behind and takes into consideration the current needs for women and girls. A high-level conference that does not amplify the voices of women and prioritize women's needs and rights will not reach high enough by our standards!"

- Diana Abou Abbas, Executive Director of Marsa Sexual Health Center and Women Deliver Humanitarian Advocate

 

 

"All five themes that will be covered at the ICPD directly impact the lives of women and girlswhich means that world acknowledges that women and girls are at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals and are a force to reckoned with."

- Cecilia Chami, Program’s Officer at Lebanon Family Planning Association for Development & Family Empowerment and Women Deliver Humanitarian Advocate

"I am witnessing a real time opportunity to advance universal health coverage for girls and women – including their sexual and reproductive health and rights – so current and future generations can benefit and thrive. I urge decision-makers to enable an environment for implementation."

- Dr. Lilian Benjamin Mwakyosi, Tanzania Youth Alliance/DARE Organization Tanzania and Women Deliver Young Leader

"I am one of the lucky ones who is alive today and who wasn't forced into marriage during childhood because of the commitments and actions taken by my government in 1994. Even before I was born, the ICPD Programme of Action was endorsed by the world, including by my country. We’ve made great strides in reducing maternal mortality and child marriage. At a time when the world is changing so quickly and we see new challenges and barriers in the lives of the next generation of girls and women, iis crucial that we come together, renew commitments, and galvanize action to achieve and build on the vision we laid out 25 years ago."

- Asel Kubanychbekova, Founder of Public Union Women's Entrepreneurship Development Fund and Women Deliver Young Leader Alumni

"ICPD25 marks an important moment because it is the spark can reignite the world's commitment to achieve SRHR and gender equality as a means to achieve the sustainable development goals by 2030. This moment will afford us the space to reflect on the progress we have made and unite at a time when powerful actors are backsliding and turning their backs on their commitments, having us fight battles we thought we had already won. It is also important because now more than ever, girls and women are fighting for a seat at the decision-making tables and we need to make sure our voices are heard not as a token gesture but in a real way that honors our expertise and experiences."

- Beverly Moise Morais, Gender and Social Inclusion Advisor at Cuso International and Women Deliver Young Leader

"In 1994, the ICPD made it possible for governments to make important decisions to support girls and women. Today, these decisions have helped a great deal from a programmatic perspective, but much remains to be done to empower girls and women. As a civil society organization, we must continue to advocate so that the member states keep the promise they made in 1994."

- Ibrahima Fall, Youth Project Manager at Jeunes Ambassadeurs SRPF and Deliver for Good Senegal Partner

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