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We invite you to the online forum on sexual and reproductive rights!



On May 13th and 14th, 2023, we have an appointment you can't miss :)


As one of the final activities within the framework of the first phase of the project "Guaranteeing Sexual and Reproductive Rights and the Right to a Life Free of Violence," funded by the ACCD and initiated in February 2022, we are organizing an online forum to address issues related to sexual and reproductive rights.


And how are we going to do it?


We have gathered activists and human rights defenders from various countries in West Africa to provide their insights on different issues and share their approaches.


From Togo, Mali, Gambia, Senegal, Guinea, Ivory Coast, and Benin, individuals who champion sexual and reproductive rights will discuss topics such as female genital mutilation, early pregnancy, sexual violence, abortion, and violations of LGBTI rights.





Registration is free and you can do it at the following link: https://forms.gle/e7HDx65trJo1jk5z5




Two days of forum have been scheduled, divided into a total of three thematic blocks and spread over a total of 6 hours (3 per day).



FORUM AGENDA


May 13th at 11:00 AM (GMT) - The evolution of sexual and reproductive rights in West Africa over the past 100 years. In this session, we will discuss local traditions and ancestral practices related to sexuality and reproduction in West Africa.


May 13th at 12:30 PM (GMT) - The red lines of sexual and reproductive rights in West Africa today (Part 1). In this debate, we will start with access to information about sexuality and methods of protection during sexual intercourse. We will continue the discussion with early pregnancy and move on to talk about female genital mutilation. We will work from an alternative approach to proposal presentation, avoiding victimization and paternalistic discourse.


May 14th at 11:00 AM (GMT) - The red lines of sexual and reproductive rights in West Africa today (Part 2). In the second part of this block, we will address two important topics: sexual violence and the situation of abortion in the different countries involved.


May 14th at 12:30 PM (GMT) - Sexual and reproductive rights in specific groups. In this debate, we will discuss the sexual and reproductive rights of invisible minorities such as people with diverse gender identities, sex workers, refugees, and migrants.




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