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The 2018 EuroNGOs Conference titled “Act on Hope. How the European SRHR community can help unlock rights and care for all” will take place in Gent (Belgium) on 6-7 November 2018. During this year’s conference, we would like to examine how reproductive and sexual justice is linked with understanding and overcoming other forms of structural oppressions that pose a threat to democracy as well as prevent the meaningful exercise of political, social, cultural and economic rights of women and marginalized groups, in particular. A two-day dialogue will allow participants to identify the ways in which the SRHR community can work together within human rights groups and other actors with linking interests such as LGBT, Disability or Migration movements as well as it will help set up a 2019 SRHR agenda for Europe in which the partnership, it’s members and allies can implement and act on.

You can read more about the conference’s theme and objectives here.

Details

Start: 6 November 2018
09:00
End: 7 November 2018
16:30
EuroNGOs

Ghent Marriott Hotel, Korenlei, Ghent, Belgium

Korenlei 10
9000 Gent Vlaanderen
Belgium

Related documents

  • 2018-eurongos-conference-background-document.pdf

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Speakers

Aleksandra Sremcev

Advocacy Officer
Serbian Association for Sexual and Reproductive Rights
Aleksandra Sremcev
  • Aleksandra Sremcev

    Advocacy Officer in Serbian Association for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights - SRH Serbia since 2013., dedicated to work on advancement of fundamental human rights and access to basic services for all.

    Working on advocacy initiatives related to sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender issue, anti - discrimination and human rights of vulnerable groups, through establishment of cooperation with relevant stakeholders at national and local level, as well as through work with Parliamentarians.

    One of the authors of SRH Serbia’s accredited programme for Comprehensive sexuality education in school environment for professors and children/youth.

    Education:

    Studied Law (Group for International relationships) at the Faculty of Law University of Belgrade; Alternative Gender Studies, Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research on Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade and Interdisciplinary Master studies of Terrorism, organized crime and security at University of Belgrade.

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Andreas Berglof

Senior Advocacy Officer
The Swedish Association for Sexuality Education
  • www.rfsu.se
  • Andreas Berglof

    Andreas Berglöf currently works at RSFU as a senior advocacy officer advocating for sexual and reproductive health and rights on the national level in Sweden, but also on the EU-level. Andreas holds a bachelor’s degree in social science at Uppsala university.

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Anna/ Anikó Orsós

Women Rights Officer
European Roma Rights Center (ERRC)
  • www.errc.org
  • Anna/ Anikó Orsós

    Aniko Orsos joined the ERRC as Programmes Assistant in 2009. Ms Orsos studied Human Management in PTE-FEEK and completed an international programme in NGO Management, Advocacy and Public Campaign Facilitation at the International Peoples’ College in Helsingor, Denmark. Before joining the ERRC in 2009, she worked as a regional coordinator at the National Educational Integration Network and at the Amrita Association for Integrated Education of Roma Youth in Hungary. Her experience includes work with PHARE and HEFOP projects, and numerous research projects. She also mange several international projects in disadvantage youth’s education with specific attention on the teenager girls and women. Anikó is working as a Women Rights officer at European Roma Rights Center from 2017 focusing in Compulsory education.

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Anna Zobnina

Strategy & Policy Coordinator
European Network of Migrant Women (ENOMW)
Anna Zobnina
  • Anna Zobnina

    Anna is a Strategy & Policy Coordinator of European Network of Migrant Women (ENOMW) - a Europe-wide feminist platform of migrant, refugee & ethnic minority women. She has over 10 years of experience in the area of feminist analysis of violence & discrimination against women, with specific focus on migrant women, SRHR and sexual exploitation. She is a selected expert with the European Institute for Gender Equality and a member of the Executive Committee of European Women’s Lobby (EWL).

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Arthur Erken

Director-Division of Communications and Strategic Partnerships
UNFPA
  • www.unfpa.org
  • Arthur Erken

    Since joining UNFPA in 1993, Arthur Erken has held a range of increasingly senior positions, both in policy (ICPD Secretariat; Technical and Evaluation Division; Office of the Executive Director), and programme (Division for Arab States and Europe; Africa Division; Asia and Pacific Division). He has served in both Headquarters and the field.

    Since April 2015, he is the Director of the Division of Communications and Strategic Partnerships. Prior to that, he served as UNFPA Representative in Vietnam, providing strategic leadership and direction to the country programme and office. Prior to that, he served as UNFPA Representative in Bangladesh, where he successfully positioned UNFPA as a leader in maternal health and onthe prevention of violence against women.

    Arthur Erken, a national from the Netherlands, holds a masters degree in cultural anthropology. He is married and has two daughters.

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Berit Austveg

Chairwoman of the Board
Sex og Politikk
  • sexogpolitikk.no
  • Berit Austveg

    M.D. by profession, Berit was a clinician for immigrant women for 12 years. For the last 30 years she has been involved in work related to SRHR at global and national levels, in the Norwegian government and in UNFPA. She has also been involved in various NGOs, including at the board of directors of IPAS and the board of trustees of Reproductive Health Matters.

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Brenda Bartelink

University of Groningen
Brenda Bartelink
  • Brenda Bartelink

    Dr. Brenda Bartelink is a specialist in the anthropology of religion, sexuality and gender in the context of international development and migration. She conducts academic and applied research and has rich experience in working with the NGO and policy sector.

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Brenda Mbaja Lubang'a

SRHR Youth Advocate
Internation Youth Alliance on Family Planning (IYAFP)
  • iyafp.org
  • Brenda Mbaja Lubang'a

    Brenda is a 27 year old SRHR Youth advocate, from Kenya. She currently lives in Germany where she came for study purposes. She is passionate about SRHR needs of the adolescents and youth, and works to ensure no one is left behind.

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Catríona Graham

Campaign and Policy Officer
European Women’s Lobby
  • www.womenlobby.org
  • Catríona Graham

    As a policy and campaigns officer with the European Women’s Lobby, Catríona coordinates the lobby’s work on SRHR, prostitution, pornography, surrogacy and migration. She supports member activities and international, institutional engagement. Catríona has a background in campaigning, advocacy and strategic communications and is from Dublin, Ireland where she has worked on migration and children’s rights. Catríona is on the board of the National Women’s Council of ireland and was formerly on the board of Co-orch Dublin.

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Charlotta Norrby

Head of Civil Society Cooperation
Sida - Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
  • www.sida.se
  • Charlotta Norrby

    An economist by profession, Charlotta has worked with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, for 24 years, most of the time on the Africa desk, and has been posted both to Tanzania and Zambia for several years. For the past eight years, she has been headingSida’s Civil Society Cooperation. Charlotta has a keen interest in issues of multi-stakeholder partnerships and creating a more development effective and innovative development cooperation in line with the SDGs.

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Clare Hart

Vice-president
Le Refuge
  • www.le-refuge.org
  • Clare Hart

    Clare Hart is vice-president of Le Refuge, a non profit association providing temporary shelter and support to young adults victims of homophobia and transphobia. She is very active in non profits and is also President of the FACE Association (French companies against exclusion). She also manages a translation and interpretation company and serves as a city councillor for the Montpellier area.

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Drashko Kostovski

Youth Lead
International Planned Parenthood Federation - European Network
  • www.ippfen.org
  • Drashko Kostovski

    Drashko Kostovski, is the lead youth at the IPPF EN regional office. His main field of expertise is training, provision, advocacy and M&E related to Comprehensive Sexuality Education. His academic interest is concentrated on possibilities for transforming and engaging men in gender equality.

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Daniela Draghici

Advocacy Consultant & Trainer
Society for Education in Contraception and Sexuality (SECS)
  • secsromania.wordpress.com
  • Daniela Draghici

    Daniela Draghici is an international advocacy consultant and trainer with experience in Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Africa. She is a EuroNGOs Steering Committee member, a Regional Executive Committee member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF-EN) on behalf of the Society for Education in Contraception and Sexuality (SECS) and an Advisory board member for ASTRA Network.

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Eimear Sparks

YouAct Representative
YOUACT
Eimear Sparks
  • Eimear Sparks

    Eimear sparks is a youth advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights and has been a member of YouAct for three years. She has experience campaigning for abortion rights in several contexts, including at the EU level, during the repeal the 8th campaign in Ireland, where she founded her own pro-choice arts initiative, and with women on waves during their campaign in Mexico in 2017.

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Elisa Slattery

Senior Program Officer, Women’s Rights Program
Open Society Foundations
  • www.opensocietyfoundations.org
  • Elisa Slattery

    Elisa Slattery is a Senior Program Officer of the Women’s Rights Program at Open Society Foundations. Prior to joining OSF, she was a consulting researcher at Amnesty International, and with the health law program of the International Development Law Organization. Before that, she was the Regional Director of the Africa program at the Center for Reproductive Rights focused on promoting reproductive rights through national, regional, and international accountability mechanisms. Her fact-finding projects include abuses of women in health care facilities; discrimination against women living with HIV; mandatory pregnancy testing and expulsion of pregnant schoolgirls; and, the impact of restrictive abortion laws. She holds a JD from Columbia Law School and a MA in History from Duke University.

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Emilie Weidrud

Policy Advisor
CHURCH OF SWEDEN
Emilie Weidrud
  • Emilie Weidrud

    Emilie Weiderud is Policy Adviser at the Executive Directorate at Church of Sweden and thematic advisor on Sexual, Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for its International Department. She used to work for an IPPF member organisation and academic background in social anthropology and public health.

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Fabienne El-Khoury Lesueur

Postdoctoral researcher
INSERM : The French National Institute of Health and Medical Research.
  • www.inserm.fr
  • Fabienne El-Khoury Lesueur

    Fabienne is a postdoctoral researcher working in the department of social epidemiology at the French national institute of health and medical research (INSERM). Expertise in the fields of: migration and women’s health, addictive behaviors, and interventional studies.

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Frédéric Gal

CEO
Le Refuge
  • www.le-refuge.org
  • Frédéric Gal

    Frédéric Gal is the Managing Director of Le Refuge, a non profit association providing temporary shelter and support to young adults victims of homophobia and transphobia.

    He trains social workers on gender topics, and occasionally teaches at Montpellier University on non profit association issues.

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Finka Heynemann

Linguist on Natural Language Processing
PONTON Group of Sex Educators
Finka Heynemann
  • Finka Heynemann

    Finka graduated in Polish Philology and Speech-Language Pathology; She worked as a teacher for three years, now I work as a linguist on Natural Language Processing. I have been a volunteer in PONTON for more than 9 years. Finka been conducting sex-ed workshops for children and adolescents, writing various articles, statements and papers on SRHR, sex-ed, feminism. She also represents PONTON in media as well as on various conferences and meet-ups.

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Heather Doyle

Senior Coordinator
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria
  • www.theglobalfund.org
  • Heather Doyle

    Heather is currently the Senior Coordinator in gender at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, where she focuses on integrating gender responsive policies and programs into the core business model of the organization. Prior to this role, Heather directed the Sexual Health and Rights Project (SHARP) at the Open Society Foundation, and managed OSF’s Roma Health Project. She also founded Lutian Advisors to provide strategic advice to philanthropies and other international organizations. She started her career in public health working with organizations such as Catholic Relief Services, Plan International and MSF, implementing maternal and child health, HIV and other health and education projects.

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Iliana Balabanova

BULGARIAN PLATFORM - EUROPEAN WOMEN’S LOBBY
Consultant
Iliana Balabanova
  • Iliana Balabanova

    Iliana Balabanova is a free-lance consultant and manager for activities and projects related to Women’s Human Rights, Gender Equality and Violence against Women. She is Co-founder and President of the Bulgarian Platform of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL), and the Bulgarian National Expert on the EWL Observatory on Violence against Women. She has also served as a Vice-president of the EWL, the largest network of women’s associations across the EU. Iliana Balabanova has been actively involved in various think-tanks, advisory boards and expert groups, EU wide research projects, and acted as a consultant at a national and international level.

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Jelena Jovanovic

Policy and research coordinator
ERGO NETWORK
  • ergonetwork.org
  • Jelena Jovanovic

    Jelena is a policy and research coordinator for the European roma grassroots organizations network in Brussels. Her interests are focused on combating anti gypsyism and the analysis of social and equality policies. She is also research affiliate of the center for policy studies at central European university, Budapest, Hungary.

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Karen De Wilde

Trainer
Sensoa
  • www.sensoa.be
  • Karen De Wilde

    Karen De Wilde has a masters degree in pedagogy and a master degree in sexology.She has been working on comprehensive sexeducation since 1991, as a trainer of professionals. She has large expertise onsexuality and disabilityand works a lot on prevention of and reacting to sexual abusive behaviour.

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Karen Hoen

International Development and Management Consultant
Faith to Action Network
  • www.faithtoactionetwork.org
  • Karen Hoen

    During 14 years working in Washington, DC and 15 years in Brussels, Karen Hoehn has raised US$1.65 billion to improve health and reduce poverty among impoverished communities and vulnerable people in the US, Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe by developing programs and systems; influencing public policy; mobilizing resources; facilitating stakeholder consensus; cultivating and managing talented teams; and helping organizations grow. 

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Luisa Bosisio

Member of the Women’s Committee
European Disability Forum
  • www.edf-feph.org
  • Luisa Bosisio

    Luisa is a member of the EDF women committee; President of a foundation providing support to adult with disabilities; Member of the Italian Disability Forum working group on the alternative report to the CRPD (Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities)

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Marine Uldry

Human Rights Officer
European Disability Forum
  • www.edf-feph.org
  • Marine Uldry

    Marine is Human Rights Officer at the European Disability Forum. She is covering human rights related issues affecting the rights of persons with disabilities, in particular work conducted at the United Nations, EU and Council of Europe levels.

    Before joining the organisation in April 2018, she collaborated with the International Disability Alliance in Geneva and worked for the EU delegation to the United Nations in New York.

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Maia Nukri Tabidze

Researcher
IVANE JAVAJISHVILI TBILISI STATE UNIVERSITY
Maia Nukri Tabidze
  • Maia Nukri Tabidze

    Nukri is a researcher and queer activist from Georgia. since 2018 teaches at Tbilisi State University. at the moment works as a presenter of feminist podcast. Her main interests are economy, sexuality, visual art.

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Natasha Noreen

Activist
European Network of Migrant Women
Natasha Noreen
  • Natasha Noreen

    Natasha is a 24 year old Pakistani feminist activist who migrated with her family to Europe when she was 14, grew up in Italy. She just graduated from school and begun her studies in media / communication at Bergamo university. Her dream is to become a feminist film-maker. Natasha is a member of European network of migrant women and works to raise awareness among European, migrant and ethnic minority youth and adults about the rights and problems faced by women and girls.

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Nenette Bouithy

Migrant Women Sexual and Reproductive Health; the Impact on their Mental Health.
Akidwa
  • akidwa.ie
  • Nenette Bouithy

    Nenette is a psychologist with 9 years of experience in psychosocial and clinic care. Humanitarian missions with MSF in Haiti, Colombia and Malawi; with experience in war and natural disaster contexts, sexual violence and children affected by HIV/AIDS. Currently working as Woman Support Officer with Akidwa; a national network of migrant women living in Ireland.

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Niall Behan

Chief Executive
Irish Family Planning Association
  • www.ifpa.ie
  • Niall Behan

    Niall Behan is the chief executive of the Irish family planning association (IFPA). For over 20 years, he has engaged civil society, parliamentarians, human rights institutions and medical professionals to advocate for safe and legal abortion services in Ireland.

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Olof Granstrom

Educator
GAPMINDER
  • www.gapminder.org
  • Olof Granstrom

    Olof Granstrom is a political scientist with a background as an educator. The need to understand our world and to make it understandable for everyone has always been Olof’s motivation. He’s now working for Gapminder where he develops the ignorance project, lectures and workshops and create free teaching material.

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Rebekka van Roemburg

Special Adviser
She Decides
  • www.shedecides.com
  • Rebekka van Roemburg

    Rebekka van Roemburg is an internationally-operating social development expert. She currently co-leads the SheDecides support unit in London. SheDecides is a global movement that seeks to create a world where every girl and woman can decide about her body, her life, and her future, without question. Rebekka has a master’s degree in Human Geography of Developing Countries.

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Robbie Stakelum

FEANTSA
Policy Officer
  • www.feantsa.org
  • Robbie Stakelum

    Robbie is a policy officer with Feantsa, the European Umbrella group of homeless organisations across Europe. His key policy areas relate to youth homelessness, lgbtq homelessness, employment & supporting cities developing policies to reduce and end homelessness.

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Sári Halász

Hungarian Women’s Lobby
  • noierdek.hu
  • Sári Halász

    Sári Halász is an antipornography activist, counselor and educator. She gives regular workshops and talks on male violence, the sex and the beauty industries. She organizes consciousness raising groups and personal counseling for women harmed by pornography, specializing in supporting young women. She currently coordinates Hungary's only feminist sexual education project. She is a member of the EWL Taskforce on SRHR and CSE.

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Tanja Dordevic

Facilitator
ASSOCIATION OF THE COORDINATORS FOR ROMA ISSUES
  • iyafp.org
  • Tanja Dordevic

    Tanja is a Human rights activist from 2010. Eight years working as coordinator, assistant and consultant in many projects relating to vulnerable and marginalized groups of people in Serbia, especially Roma, children, women and youth. Since April 2018, Tanja works as facilitator on the romacted program of the council of Europe. Has field experience in education of Roma, Roma youth, promoting double mainstreaming, policy making, women empowerment and social inclusion. Working with international, national and local organizations and institutions, Roma NGOs, women organizations, human rights organizations.

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Tendaishe Changamire

National Coordinator, Right Here Right Now Zimbabwe
Population Services Zimbabwe
Tendaishe Changamire
  • Tendaishe Changamire

    Ms. Tendaishe Changamire, 31, is the National Coordinator of Right Here, Right Now (RHRN) Zimbabwe. RHRN is a global strategic partnership of organizations focusing on Advocacy of Adolescents and Youth Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights. RHRN is found in four continents across the globe and in Africa it is found in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Senegal and Uganda. It envisions a world where young people, in all their diversity, acquire full and uninterrupted access to comprehensive sexuality education, and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services, including safe abortion.

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