Ensuring Access to Safe and Legal Abortion: Evidence and Experience

Side event organized by Norad under the 16th General Membership Meeting of the Reprodutive Health Supplies Coalition in Oslo. 
5 okt. 2015

7:00 - 15:00

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Auditorium 4th floor

Ruseløkkveien 26, 0251 Oslo

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Unsafe abortion is one of the leadling causes of maternal mortality. Each year, 21.6 million women experience an unsafe abortion worldwide; 18.5 million of these occur in developing countries.

In relationship to the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) General Membership Meeting in Oslo 5-9 October, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) is organising a seminar on the access to safe and legal abortion.

Various partners and organisations will be sharing the progress and lessons learned with a broader Norwegian audience and RHSC members. Target groups are Norwegian researchers, members of civil society and graduate-level students in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). Norwegian government officials and technical staff.

This meeting is a side event organized by Norad under the 16th General Membership Meeting of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition that will take place in Oslo 5-9 October 2015.

Registration through "påmelding" on this page. 


08:15 Coffee

08.30 Welcome by Lene Lothe/Head of the Global Health Section in Norad

08:35 Opening remarks by Fredrik Arthur; Ambassador for Women's Rights and Equality, MFA

08:50-10:15 Morning session I: Mapping the Issues and Global Response

  • Introduction to the morning session – Moderator Berit Austveg
    Including introduction of the agenda for the day and audioclip from MSI 
  • Overview of the Global Data by Guttmacher Institute - Gilda Sedgh, Principal Research Scientist, Guttmacher Institute
  • Presentation by Population Council - Ian Askew, Director, Reproductive Health Services and John Townsend, Vice President, Population Council. Topic: “Evidence on emerging issues in programming for safe abortion services”
  •  Presentation by International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) – Jessie Clyde, Programme officer (advocacy UN/local)

Q&A – moderator Berit Austveg

10:30-12:00 Session II: Strengthening the health sector; commodities and the results of civil society engagement

  • Introduction to the session by Berit Austveg
  • Expanding Women’s Access to Safe Abortion Care – WHO – Caron Kim - presenting elements of the WHO Safe Abortion Guidance and the new guidelines on task-shifting
  • Presentation by Concept Foundation - Helena van Hertzen: Experience in introducing abortion services in restrictive settings. 
  • Presentation by Ipas - Tibebu Alemayehu, Senior Health Systems Advisor for Africa, Ipas
  • Presentation by IPPF - Manuelle Hurwitz and Annet Kyarimpa Special Projects Coordinator RHU Uganda (IPPF field)

Q&A – moderator Berit Austveg

12:00-12:45 Light Lunch (simple boxed lunches – sandwiches and drinks)

12:45:13:30 Session II continues with focus on the results of civil society engagement.

  • Berit Austveg as moderator.
  • Presentation by MSI – Ulla Muller, regional Director, Mary Stopes International
  • Presentation by Safe Abortion Action Fund (SAAF) - Maite Matos Ichaso, Senior Programme officer SAAF and Radha Paudel, Action Works Nepal (SAAF grantee)

Q&A – moderated by Berit Austveg

 13:45-14:45 Session III: Access to Safe and Legal abortion in the SDGs

  •  Safe Abortion and the Sustainable Development Goals - a panel discussion with:
    • Renee Van De Weerdt/UNFPA
    • Johanne Sundby/Professor, University of Oslo
    • John Worley/AmplifyChange 
    • Ann Lennard/Ipas
    • Fredrik Arthur/MFA

    Questions and Discussion lead by moderator Lars Grønseth, Senior Adviser, Department for Global Health, Education and Research, Norad

14:45-15:30 Session IV: historical reflections and final remarks

  • Reflections on the history of safe and legal abortion in Norway and Norway’s international role. With Berit Austveg and Ingrid Vik
  • Closing remarks – Lene Lothe/ Head of the Global Health Section in Norad