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Dear Inspire Members, Partners and Friends, welcome to our 2019 Conference Website!


We invite you to join Inspire in the millennial city of Athens, Greece, this upcoming 1-2 October 2019, for our annual conference:

“Inspire for the Future: A Journey Towards Success”.

In this edition, participants will be taken on a journey to think and build towards a stronger future and to reflect and acknowledge the successes and accomplishments realized so far. Additionally, and in line with past annual conferences, our goal is to address key current SRHR issues throughout the sessions.


We have decided to focus on three key priorities, namely:

Future Agenda / Nairobi Summit on ICPD25

Anti-Gender Movement
Access to Medical Abortion

Additionally, as part of the Inspire Conference, we are thrilled to have YouACT, Inspire Member, leading on the organisation of the Youth-Led Pre-Conference, which will take place on 30 September in the afternoon.

In general, participants attending the entire event, will have the possibility to attend plenary sessions as well as workshops. We will also offer opportunities for self-care and networking by organising morning yoga sessions and opportunities to network. Interactivity, exchange and active participation are encouraged throughout the conference.


We are looking forward to seeing you all in Athens!

Details

Start: 1 October 2019
End: 2 October 2019
Inspire c/o IPPF - EN

Titania Hotel, Panepistimiou, Athens, Greece

Panepistimiou 52
106 78 Athens
Greece

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Ana Aguilera

Deputy Director for Adolescent and Youth SRH
Engender Health
  • www.engenderhealth.org
  • Ana Aguilera

    Ana Aguilera is the Deputy Director for Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health at Engender Health. In her role, she is responsible for the development of programming to advance young people’s access to and meaningful participation in sexual and reproductive health and rights programs and initiatives. EngenderHealth knows that sexual and reproductive health and rights are completely and inextricably intertwined with gender equality. They strive for a world in which women and girls exercise their rights to gender-equitable sexual and reproductive health services and participate as equal members of society. A former Women Deliver Young Leader, Ana is passionate about increasing access to safe abortion care for adolescent girls and young women around the world.

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Hazal Atay

P.H.D. candidate at Science Po
Women on Web
  • www.sciencespo.fr
  • Hazal Atay

    Hazal Atay is a Paris-based feminist activist from Turkey. Since 2013, she has been working with Women on Web on access to abortion in restrictive settings. In 2016, Hazal was elected as Women Deliver Young Scholar. Hazal is also a member of the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, where she served as the Chair of the Board of Directors in 2017-2018. Currently, Hazal is working towards her Ph.D. degree in political science where she specializes in women's rights in Turkey. Hazal has taught and published extensively on women's sexual and reproductive rights in the Middle East and North Africa.

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​Pooja Badarinath

Advocacy Advisor
Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI)
  • www.sexualrightsinitiative.com
  • ​Pooja Badarinath

    Pooja Badarinath is the Advocacy Advisor on Special Procedures and Knowledge Translation for the Sexual Rights Initiative - a coalition of national and regional organizations based in Canada, Poland, India, Argentina, and South Africa. The coalition works to advance human rights related to sexuality at the United Nations. Pooja has worked on the intersection of gender, sexuality and law globally as well as at national and regional levels. She is committed to bringing feminist global south voices to the international human rights spaces and has a keen interest in understanding the relationship between law and sexuality and the way they interact with each other.

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Sophie Beria

Chair
YouAct
  • youact.org
  • Sophie Beria

    Sophie Beria is the current Chairperson of YouAct, the European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights.

    She is a human rights activist, and has experience advocating for Comprehensive Sexuality Education on both local, and EU levels. She is a trainer, and the co-creator of the first-ever sexuality education website in Georgia, called “All about You”. Her work is currently focused on mainstreaming SRHR and gender equality in marginalized communities on a grassroots level. Her most recent projects centre around combating abortion stigma, and empowering young refugees, asylum seekers, and IDPs in Georgia.

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Lucía Berro Pizzarossa

Post Doctoral Researcher
University of Groningen
  • www.rug.nl
  • Lucía Berro Pizzarossa

    Lucía Berro Pizzarossa (PhD) is a post-doctoral fellow at the Global Health Law Groningen Research Centre and the Network and Partnerships Coordinator for MAMA (Mobilizing Activists for Medical Abortion Network). Her academic work has been published in renowned peer-reviewed journals such as Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, Harvard Health and Human Rights and BMC International Health and Human Rights.

    She also works as a legal advisor for MYSU (Women & Health in Uruguay) where she designed, fundraised and is currently implementing the first strategic litigation project oriented to the realization of sexual and reproductive health and rights.

    She is a Women Deliver fellow and has worked as an advocate for women's access to sexual and reproductive rights in forums such as the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and the High-Level Political Forum.

    She obtained an INSPIRE Grant (European Union) to conduct research and support the projects of the Socio-Economic Rights Project at the University of Western Cape in South Africa. Lucía has worked for, among others, the Brazilian Constitutional Court, Committee members of the United Nations Human Rights Committee and Oxford Pro Bono Publico (OPBP).

    She is one of the academic coordinators of the Gender & Diversity Summer School at the University of Groningen, a board member of the Centre for Gender Studies and a member of the Steering Committee of the Audre Project that seeks to understand the experiences of LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual) youth and young adults with their time in out-of-home care.

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Rafail Bilidas

Fundraising Coordinator
Positive Voice
  • positivevoice.gr
  • Rafail Bilidas

    Rafail Bilidas currently works as a Fundraising Coordinator for the Greek Association of People Living with HIV-Positive Voice. Since 2016, he has also been a member of the Organising Committee of Athens Pride since 2016, working as the PR and Communications Manager. As a young adult, Rafail has worked on the field of human rights education and served the board of Tandem NGO, working on de-institutionalisation and disability in Greece. Hi involvement with the European AIDS Treatment Group and the International Gay, Lesbian, Youth and Student Organisation (IGLYO) allowed him to help make the voices of young HIV people in Greece heard on an international level. To do so, he spoke at conferences, campaigned for LGBTIQ rights and raise awareness on HIV-related stigma. Rafail completed his academic studies at the University of Hertfordshire and the Panteion University in Athens.

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Florin Buhuceanu

LGBTIQ and SRHR activist
ACCEPT
  • www.acceptromania.ro
  • Florin Buhuceanu

    Florin Buhuceanu is a human rights activist working with ACCEPT and SECS in Romania at the intersection between LGBTI rights, sexual and reproductive rights, and freedom of religion.

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Ton Coenen

Inspire Chair
Executive Director at Rutgers
  • www.rutgers.international
  • Ton Coenen

    Elected as Inspire Chair in 2016, Ton Coenen is the Executive Director of Rutgers, centre of expertise on SRHR in the Netherlands and operating in 18 countries. Ton holds Master’s degrees in Public Health and Public Management. Before starting at Rutgers, he was the executive director of Aids Fonds STOP AIDS NOW! and STI/AIDS Netherlands for 17 years and worked in public health before that. He has been involved in strengthening civil society in many ways – among others: as the co-chair to the EU civil society Forum on HIV/AIDS, as co-chair to HIV in Europe, Board member to Icaso, as Board member to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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Peter Dankmeijer

Director
GALE
  • www.gale.info
  • Peter Dankmeijer

    Peter Dankmeijer was trained as a teacher, but works now as senior consultant on LGBTI and safer schools. He has previous work experience in training and education, HIV/AIDS prevention, empowerment of grass roots organisations and consultancy for municipal policies. He is director of GALE (Global Alliance for LGBT Education) and of Edu-Diverse (Dutch Expertise Centre on Education and Sexual Diversity), with each organisation having a history of 20-30 projects on LGBTI in schools. Dankmeijer has published extensively on these areas; a full list of publications can be found here.

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Neil Datta

Secretary
EPF
  • www.epfweb.org
  • Neil Datta

    Neil Datta founded the European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Rights with a select group of parliamentarians and with the support of IPPF in 2000, becoming Secretary in 2004, and has been responsible for its growth a network of over 30 all-party parliamentary groups on population and development issues. Throughout this period, he has also conducted in-depth research on anti-choice activity in Europe, publishing a report in 2018 that continues to receive worldwide media attention.

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Bilge Eylem Dedeoglu

MD; Internal Communications Officer of YouAct
YouAct
  • youact.org
  • Bilge Eylem Dedeoglu

    Bilge Eylem Dedeoglu is an SRHR advocate and medical doctor from Istanbul, working in Eastern Europe and Middle East region. She is the Internal Communications Officer of YouAct – European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights where she has promoted comprehensive sexuality education for youth in Europe. In addition, Eylem is an active member of Y-PEER Turkey – Youth Approaches to Health Association where she has campaigned for accessible and affordable SRH services for young people. She is currently working as a consultant for migrant survivors of sexual violence and ill-treatment at an international humanitarian organization. During her medical education, Eylem also completed Gender Studies and Community Engagement programs at Koç University.

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Steven de Grauw

Intervention Officer and Researcher
Rutgers
  • www.rutgers.international
  • Steven de Grauw

    Steven is an intervention officer and researcher at Rutgers, centre of expertise on SRHR in the Netherlands. His work focuses primarily on comprehensive sexuality education (CSE), mainstreaming gender and sexual diversity, and the prevention of gender-based violence. Among others, he develops school materials, trainings and campaigns. Steven studied Ecological Economics at the University of Edinburgh and International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

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Chantelle de Nobrega

Programme Officer for Body
Mama Cash
  • www.mamacash.org
  • Chantelle de Nobrega

    Chantelle de Nobrega is the Programme Officer for Body at Mama Cash, an international feminist women’s funds based in the Netherlands. Chantelle’s work focuses on sex, gender and sexuality, reproductive justice, and gender-based violence. She is a South African feminist based in Cape Town and has worked in the human rights field for over ten years, working locally, nationally and globally with a particular focus on feminism, women’s rights, queer rights, socio-economic rights, good governance, and ending racism. Chantelle has experience in grant making, research, fundraising, community organising and advocacy.

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Daniela Draghici

Inspire Steering Committee
SECS Romania
  • secsromania.wordpress.com
  • Daniela Draghici

    Daniela Draghici is an international advocacy professional, certified by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with experience in Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Africa. For the past 20 years, Daniela has been forging coalitions and partnerships, advocating with policymakers and training key civil society leaders in advocacy in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights. She conducts media advocacy training for young lawyers in Central and Eastern Europe & Central Asia on behalf of the Women’s Human Rights Training Institute. At European level, Daniela is an Inspire-the SRHR Partnership Steering Committee member, an Advisory board member for the ASTRA Network, and a Regional Executive Committee member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF-EN). At national level, she serves as advisory board member for the Society for Education in Contraception and Sexuality (SECS), a member of the Society for Feminist Analyses, and vice chair for the Romanian Women’s Lobby, the Romanian chapter of the European Women’s Lobby.

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Lewis Emmerton

Advocacy Coordinator
CHOICE for Youth & Sexuality
  • www.choiceforyouth.org
  • Lewis Emmerton

    Lewis Emmerton is the Advocacy Coordinator at CHOICE for Youth & Sexuality, a youth-led organization that actively promotes meaningful youth participation and supports the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) of young people worldwide. Within this position Lewis coordinates youth-led advocacy at the national and international level, championing the rights of young people to make decisions about their lives. Prior to joining CHOICE for Youth & Sexuality Lewis worked with Girls Not Brides, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), British Red Cross and supported youth-led and refugee rights organisations in the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom. Lewis is a member of the UNFPA Youth Leadership Working Group, the Young Feminist Caucus, Generation Now Core group and is an Advisor to Refugee Rights Europe as well as International Programme Committee member for the ICPD+25 Nairobi Summit and a Steering Committee member for Share-Net, the Netherlands network on Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights. 

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Françoise Girard

President of the International Women’s Health Coalition
IWHC
  • iwhc.org
  • Françoise Girard

    Françoise Girard is the president of the International Women’s Health Coalition. A lawyer by training, she is a longtime advocate and expert on women’s health, human rights, sexuality, and HIV and AIDS. Girard is regularly consulted by governments and UN agencies and has been instrumental to ensuring that global normative frameworks include and further women’s rights. Her articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Science and Journal of Adolescent Health. Recent speaking engagements include C2 Montréal 2018, and 2018 Aspen Ideas: Spotlight Health.

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Rebecca Gomperts

Women on Waves Founder
Women on Waves
  • www.womenonwaves.org
  • Rebecca Gomperts

    Rebecca Gomperts, MD, MPP, PhD studied medicine and visual arts in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In 1999 she founded Women on Waves, a Dutch non-profit organisation that uses innovative tools and campaigns like abortion ships, drones, robots, apps and hotlines that circumvent and challenge restrictive abortion laws, break the taboo, create awareness about the availability of abortion pills and access to safe abortions. In 2005 she founded Women on Web, a tele-medical abortion service. The service supports women living in countries where safe abortion is not available, to obtain information and access abortion pills. Scientific research in the outcomes of the abortions provided by Women on Web, has shown telemedical abortion are as safe and effective as clinical abortions. In 2011, she completed a masters Public Policy at Princeton University and in 2014 she completed her PhD at Karolinska Institute Rebecca Gomperts received many awards and recognition for her work and was named one of the global thinkers by Foreign Policy in 2015.

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Catriona Graham

Policy and Campaigns Officer
European Women’s Lobby
  • womenlobby.org
  • Catriona Graham

    Catríona Graham is Policy and Campaigns Officer with the European Women's Lobby, where she coordinates member campaigns and political advocacy on women's sexuality, health, wellbeing and rights, including leading our work to combat commercial sexual exploitation, and coordinating mainstreaming our engagement on supporting rights of migrant women and girls. Graham is an active musician and formerly sat on the Board of Co-Orch Dublin, a charity fundraising orchestra. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Women’s Council of Ireland, has worked at the Immigrant Council of Ireland and the Children's Rights Alliance and volunteered with Ruhama and for repeal of the Eighth Amendment on abortion in Ireland. Graham coordinated the successful national Turn Off the Red Light campaign for the introduction of abolitionist laws on prostitution in Ireland.

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Frida Gunnarsson

Steering Committee Member of YouAct
YouAct
  • youact.org
  • Frida Gunnarsson

    Frida Gunnarsson is a gender studies masters student and steering committee member of YouAct, the European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights. Through YouAct, she is involved in projects related to preventing gender-based violence and ensuring access to contraception, and also in ensuring meaningful youth engagement at the Nairobi Summit. She is a RFSU Body Rights 2030 ambassador and gives trainings on how abortion rights, sexuality rights and sexuality education is crucial for achieving global development. For her Bachelor's thesis in history she examined the different histories of abortion rights in the Netherlands and Germany, and whilst at university in Utrecht, the Netherlands, founded a feminist society.

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Marianne Haslegrave

Inspire Steering Committee
Director at Commonwealth Medical Trust
  • ngosbeyond2014.org
  • Marianne Haslegrave

    Marianne Haslegrave has been the Director of the Commonwealth Medical Trust (Commat) since 1995. Her work has focused primarily on the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action and the outcomes of the follow-up review conferences. Most recently she has concentrated particularly on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Marianne has also served both as President of the British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) and the International Federation of University Women (IFUW). She has a MA in History and she has been part of the Inspire Steering Committee since 2017.

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​Karen Hoehn

International Development and Management Consultant
Independent
​Karen Hoehn
  • ​Karen Hoehn

    Karen Hoehn is an international development and management consultant supporting non-profit, for-profit, academic, foundation and multilateral partnerships operating at global, regional and national levels around the world from her base in Brussels. For more than 30 years, Karen has developed programs, influenced public policy and mobilised resources to improve health and reduce poverty in Africa, Asia, Europe and the USA.

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Laura Honders

SRHR adviser
Liliane Foundation
  • www.lilianefonds.org
  • Laura Honders

    Laura holds the position of SRHR adviser at the Liliane Foundation, a Dutch organisation working on the inclusion of children and youth with disabilities in low and middle income countries. Among others, she advises the Liliane Foundation and its partner organisations on SRHR, develops programs and curricula, is responsible for trainings on this topic, and also coordinates the SRHR working group of the Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development. Her work is currently focused on mainstreaming disability in the field of SRHR and vice versa, comprehensive sexuality education, meaningful youth participation and child protection, and the prevention of gender-based violence. Laura is also a member of YouAct – the European Youth Network for SRHR - and has experience advocating for comprehensive and inclusive sexuality education on EU level. With a Master in Anthropology and Development Studies, Laura is currently attending the Advanced Master in International Development program at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

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Saskia Hüsken

Programme Manager
Rutgers
  • www.rutgers.international
  • Saskia Hüsken

    Saskia is a Dutch national with a Masters’ degree in International Development from the University of Nijmegen, and over 15 years of working experience in Sub Sahara Africa. She is a passionate SRHR specialist and has lead the advocacy work by Rutgers within the Universal Access to Female Condoms joint programme (UAFC) from 2013 to 2015. Saskia is currently leading the implementation of Rutgers’ new programme She Makes Her Safe Choice on safe abortion, in collaboration with DKT International, Ipas, Triggerise and several other in-country partners. Saskia is also a fierce advocate for the SheDecides movement, and she is involved in several international working groups on reproductive health and safe abortion.

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​Bojan Jovanovski

Executive Director of HERA
HERA
  • hera.org.mk
  • ​Bojan Jovanovski

    Bojan Jovanovski is an Executive Director of HERA – Health Education and Research Association since 2006. He has worked in the NGO sector for almost 20 years covering variety of sectors, including child rights, humanitarian relief and SRHR. He has extensive experience in advocacy and research for improving SRHR political environment in the country, particularly for HIV, SRH and abortion rights. Currently he is member of the National SRH Strategy Committee and national task groups on implementation of abortion law and introduction of medical abortion. He is also a national trainer for Minimal Package for Sexual and Reproductive Health in humanitarian settings. A passionate sexual rights activist and feminist. 

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Krystyna Kacpura

Executive Director at FEDERA
FEDERA
  • en.federa.org.pl
  • Krystyna Kacpura

    Krystyna Kacpura  is the Executive Director of the Federation for Women and Family Planning and ASTRA, the Central and Eastern European Women’s Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights which has 28 members organizations from 17 countries. After graduating from the University of Warsaw and completing a postgraduate degree from the State Institute of International Affairs, she worked for various years at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Engaged in the Federation for Women and Family Planning, she has been active in the field of reproductive health and rights for over 20 years. She has managed the ASTRA Secretariat since its establishment. Among other tasks, her portfolio includes the strategic leadership of the organization’s research team, advocating for sexual and reproductive rights on local, regional and international levels, and networking with other non-governmental organizations and agencies.  She serves as the member of : ASTRA Advisory Board ,Sexual Right Initiative, European Society for Contraception and Reproductive Health and Program Council of the Congress of Polish Women.

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Gvantsa Khizanishvili

MD, SRHR advocate
Global Advisory Board
  • www.gab-shw.org
  • Gvantsa Khizanishvili

    Gvantsa Khizanishvili is a medical doctor, public health professional and sexual and reproductive health and rights advocate. She has been devoting her work to improve health systems and address inequalities. Over the years she has worked with international organisations, governments and private healthcare organisations in identifying gaps and solutions for the healthcare systems. She is a member the Global Advisory Board (GAB) for Sexual Health and Wellbeing that focus on advocating for greater attention to the relationship between sexual health, sexual rights, and sexual pleasure. Gvantsa is Women Deliver Alumni and she served as a World Contraception Day Ambassador for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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​Medea Khmelidze

Member of Gender Working Group at GHRN
Georgian Harm Reduction Network
  • hrn.ge
  • ​Medea Khmelidze

    Medea Khmelidze, Advisory Board Member of ASTRA Network and Program Manager of Georgian Union of PLHIV "Real People Real Vision" has been active in the SRHR field already for 10 years. As a researcher she works at generating qualitative /quantitative data that determine and strengthen the sexual and reproductive health of people, as well as their ability to claim their sexual and reproductive rights in Eastern Europe and Central Asia region. She has been actively contributing to improving and innovating SRHR policies and practices, with a special focus on empowering young people and HIV/AIDS key populations. Additionally she stands as SRHR Consultant for Women Fund Georgia and WINGS (Women Initiating New Goals of Safety) initiative consultant for OSI/OSGF in Georgia. Regionally apart from ASTRA Network, Medea is Steering Committee Member for Eurasian Key Populations Health Network and a member of global network for Everywomeneverywhere. Medea has been involved in advocacy for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Access to ARV Treatment, Harm Reduction in the context of international and regional conferences for more than 7 years.

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Efi Latsoudi

Keynote Speaker
PIKPA Village
  • lesvossolidarity.org
  • Efi Latsoudi

    Co-founder of the PIPKA village- the first independent welcoming shelter for refugees in Lesvos, Greece- Efi Latsoudi has been working for refugee support groups ever since 2005. Over the years, Latsoudi has engaged with a wide range of networks to support vulnerable refugees and victims of tragedies in the sea and to raise awareness on the deaths in the Aegean Sea. Latsoudi is a member of the Kayky Turkish-Greek network, of Refugee Support Aegean, of the Mosaik Support Center in Lesvos and of the NAN social restaurant where refugees and locals cook together. Between 2013-2014 Latsoudi coordinated the Emergency Response support program of MDM in the port of Lesvos and Moria. Since 2012, Latsoudi’s PIPKA village has supported and sheltered more than 30.000 vulnerable refugees. At the height of the influx in 2015, when more than 10,000 people per day were reaching the shores of the Greek island of Lesvos, her PIKPA village became a lifeline for thousands. Because of her extraordinary work with PIKPA village, she was named one of two winners of the 2016 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award.

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​Antonina Lewandowska

ASTRA Network Coordinator
ASTRA
  • astra.org.pl
  • ​Antonina Lewandowska

    Antonina Lewandowska holds the position of ASTRA Network coordinator. She is also a volounteer at the oldest and best-known Polish sexuality education organisation, Ponton Group of Sex Educators. Antonina works on grass-root, regional and international levels. She volounteers as sexuality educator in Polish schools, works with NGO's from the region of Central and Eastern Europe and advocates for sexual and reproductive health and rights on international level.  She is an experienced public speaker who took part in many national and international events and conferences. She studies at the University of Warsaw (College of Inter-Area Individual Studies in Humanities and Social Science).

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Yannos Livanos

Director
Association of People living with HIV “Positive Voice”
  • positivevoice.gr
  • Yannos Livanos

    A lawyer by profession, Giannos is a graduate of the Athens Law School from which he has also obtained a two-year Master’s Degree on European and International law. He run for MP at the 2007 parliamentary elections and has been appointed Secretary of the Environmental and Urban Department of the socialist party in 2008. More recently he served as the Secretary General for Youth at the Greek Ministry of Education (2010-2012). Yannos was a founding member of the “Peace Flag Initiative” against the second war in Iraq (2003-2004). He was also a founding organiser in 2007 of what was at the time the largest environmental demonstration in Athens following the devastation of the national park of Parnitha due to a forest fire. Yannos is a founding member of both the “Diktyo-Network for Reform in Greece and Europe” think tank (2013) and the London based charity “Hellenic Hope” (2012) in which he focuses on partnership development, identifying and assessing charities, selecting partners to work with and managing ongoing relationships. He has served as a lecturer at the college “IST Studies” and as a legal advisor at the Women’s Breast Cancer Association “Alma Zwis”, for several years. Since 2014 he has been working as director for the Association of People living with HIV “Positive Voice”.

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Anastasia Lundqvist

International Programme Manager
RFSU
  • www.rfsu.se
  • Anastasia Lundqvist

    Anastasia Lundqvist works for RFSU as an International Programme manager. At the international team Anastasia has extensive experience working with supporting civil society organisations and partnerships worldwide currently in Georgia and Ghana. Specialist in SRHR, development aid, rights-based approach, gender and women issues, Anastasia has been a member and activist in various networks for promoting human rights in Eastern Europe and she is a steering committee member for Amnesty Fund Sweden.Originally from Kyrgyzstan, she holds a master’s degree in International Relations. 

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Marie Lussier

Advocacy Officer
Médecins du monde
  • www.medecinsdumonde.org
  • Marie Lussier

    Marie is the SRHR advocacy officer for Médecins du monde, a French medical NGO who provides care, support social change and fight for universal access to healthcare. Previously, Marie has been managing cross-cutting harm reduction projects (drug use/ sex work) for 8 years. Marie is also an activist on migration/ refugees issues in Paris.

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Brian McKenna

Deputy Director
The Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition
  • www.rhsupplies.org
  • Brian McKenna

    Brian McKenna is the Deputy Director of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) based in Brussels. In his role, he is responsible for co-managing the Coalition’s global activities including oversight of technical staff and the francophone Africa regional forum, SECONAF. Brian also leads European donor and partner engagement. Prior to joining the Coalition in June 2014, he worked for 11 years for Population Services International (PSI) in Zambia, Madagascar and Washington, DC. Brian holds a master’s degree in international affairs and economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

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Olgah Daphynne Namukuza

Youth Country Coordinator
SRHR Alliance Uganda
  • srhrallianceug.org
  • Olgah Daphynne Namukuza

    Olgah Daphynne Namukuza is a social development worker with special focus in SRHR for adolescents and young women and girls. Olgah is a passionate champion, advocate, trainer, programmer, peer mentor and community resource person for provision of SRHR information, education and services among young people in underserved communities in Uganda. A graduate of the Makerere University in Uganda, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Development Studies and she is a master trainer with Rutgers, Choice and Dance for Life in Meaningful Youth Participation and Youth Empowerment. Olgah is an enthusiastic member of the Reproductive Health of Uganda (RHU) National Executive Committee (NEC) as the Regional representative to IPPF Africa Regional Council. In 2017, Olgah was elected as the President of the Youth Action Movement (YAM) Africa, which made her the youth representative for IPPF Africa at the regional and international level. She is also a member of the IPPF Governing Council and the newly constituted IPPF Executive Panel. Olgah is the President of Youth Rising, a local based NGO in Uganda working to transform communities through Holistic Workforce Development and Creative Youth Leadership. Currently, she works as the Youth Country Coordinator (YCC) at The Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Alliance Uganda, a globally based Alliance that works towards a society free of poverty in which all men and women, girls and boys, and marginalized groups have the same rights irrespective of their ethnic, cultural or religious background, age and gender. 

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Ozana Nicolau

Film Director
  • aarc.ro
  • Ozana Nicolau

    Ozana Nicolau is an alumnus of Berlinale Talent Campus and of Locarno Summer Academy, and a graduate of the National University of Theatre and Film in Bucharest - UNATC. Intre Prieteni (Surrounded by Friends), her graduation film, was presented in over 15 film festivals all over the world, from Tampere IFF to ISFF in Drama Greece and from Clermont-Ferrand ISFF to Karlovy Vary ISFF. Ozana has worked as assistant director with acclaimed directors of the Romanian New Wave, such as Călin Peter Netzer (Child’s Pose – winner of  Golden Bear at Berlinale 2013) and Radu Jude (Aferim – awarded Silver Bear in 2015). In 2017 Ozana has documented, written and directed ”Foreplay” – a theater play on the subject of teenage mothers in Romania. Foreplay was presented on a national tour, in high schools in Bucharest and in several theater festivals.

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Jon O’Brien

President
Catholics for Choice
  • www.catholicsforchoice.org
  • Jon O’Brien

    Jon O’Brien is president of Catholics for Choice (CFC), the leading pro-choice organisation advocating for sexual and reproductive rights from a standpoint of culture, faith, justice and morality. A leader in developing global strategies for reproductive health and rights, Mr. O’Brien has strengthened communications and advocacy efficacy and policy development on five continents, working with family planning associations, doctors and nurses, pro-choice advocates, nonprofit leaders, and policy makers to develop new ways to discuss and advance respect for women’s choices. Mr. O’Brien’s insights have stimulated discussion on reproductive rights and health through his frequent contributions in media including the New York Times, the Economist, the International Herald Tribune, the Independent (UK), the National Catholic Reporter, as well as through his appearances on CNN and BBC. A life-long Catholic born and raised in the Republic of Ireland, Mr. O’Brien’s involvement in reproductive rights was sparked by his reaction to the great injustices that women especially face as a result of the Catholic hierarchy’s influence over public policy in the country. Before joining CFC in 1996, he worked on the front lines of reproductive health provision at the Irish Family Planning Association and as program manager at the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s European Bureau in London, where he oversaw the establishment of family planning clinics in Eastern Europe during a time of immense political and social turmoil. Mr. O’Brien has been honoured by the International Parliamentarians Conference on ICPD, recognised as a “Key to Choice” by Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, and received the Abby J. Leibman Pursuit of Justice Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Women’s Law Center in 2007.

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Marevic Parcon

Acting Executive Director of WGNRR
WGNRR
  • beta.wgnrr.org
  • Marevic Parcon

    Marevic Parcon is the Acting Executive Director at Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR), a southern-based global network that strengthens movements for the promotion and advancement of sexual & reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and justice. At WGNRR, Marevic assumed the Asia Regional Coordinator position and led the implementation of the Safe Abortion Advocacy Project in Asia particularly in Pakistan, Nepal, and Malaysia. The project enhanced the capacity of grassroots organisations to undertake safe abortion advocacy and established national networks to address abortion stigma at multiple levels. She also led the linking learning platform for safe abortion advocates from DRC, Indonesia, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Nepal, Malaysia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Tanzania and Uganda. Marevic Parcon has over two decades of expertise in gender issues, paralegal work and grassroots community-based training on violence against women and girls, and SRHR. In 2015, she initiated the Philippine Safe Abortion Advocacy Network (PINSAN), a network of human rights advocates that she is now coordinating. She has led and co-organised national and international events on feminist legal framework, militarism and war, globalisation, abortion rights, SRHR, among others. She has presented SRHR issues of marginalised groups in various fora including at the UN. Marevic was also a member of the organising committee of the Asia Pacific CSO Forum on Beijing+20 and an International Steering Committee member of the 9th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR).

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Julie Pernet

Policy Officer
EPF
  • www.epfweb.org
  • Julie Pernet

    Julie Pernet works as Policy officer at the European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Rights where she is in charge of mobilising Members of Parliaments across Europe and especially in donour countries to protect sexual and reproductive rights both at home and overseas. Before joining EPF in 2019, Julie served as an advocacy officer at the European Humanist Federation for 8 years. She developed EHF policies in the fields of women’s rights, freedom of religion and belief, rule of law, stem cells research and LGBTI rights. She also worked as liaison officer for EHF member organisations. Julie holds a double Master degree in political sciences from Sciences Po Aix (France) and in European Affairs from the Institute of European Studies – ULB (Belgium). Julie is also lecturer at the Institute for Higher Social Communication Studies (IHECS) and former Board Member of the Brussels Rainbowhouse.

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Kari Postma

International PR and Communications Manager
Dance4Life
  • dance4life.com
  • Kari Postma

    Kari is an engaged and connecting international communications expert and trainer in the field of SRHR. After having worked for UNFPA Myanmar and Rutgers, she now works for Dance4Life as well as in the Right Here Right Now partnership, focusing on integrated communications strategies for advocacy.

    Dance4Life believes that empowered young people will make healthy choices. The curriculum Journey4Life empowers young people to take personal leadership in their sexual lives. Their dreams and ideas for the future are incredibly important to be heard, and by using innovative ways such as digital storytelling, campaign labs, dance and music, Dance4Life inspires participants to feel empowered to play a leading role in achieving young people’s SRHR.

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Adriana Radu

SEX vs THE STORK founder
SEX vs THE STORK
  • www.youtube.com
  • Adriana Radu

    In 2013, Adriana Radu founded SEX vs THE STORK, a Romanian feminist SRHR and CSE video web series for teens and young adults. The platform’s Youtube channel SEXUL VS BARZA on which she published 100 educational videos, has 77,000 subscribers and 8.5 million views.  Adriana has two literature Bachelor from the Université Lumière Lyon 2 and a Public Health Master from Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Her master thesis is cost analysis looking at the economical consequences of sexuality education in Romania. You can see the results here. In 2018, Adriana co-wrote and toured her first theater play, PROTECTED/UNPROTECTED, in 6 cities across Romania. Adriana has interned with theater directors Susanne Kennedy at the Volksbühne, Berlin and Yael Ronnen at Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin and was a 2019 Heidelberger Stückemarkt scholar.

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Evdokia Romanova

Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights Activist
YCSRR
  • www.youthcoalition.org
  • Evdokia Romanova

    Evdokia is a woman human rights defender and inter-sectional feminist who holds an MA in sociology with a particular focus of using art and theatre approaches in social work with marginalised communities. She served as a project manager and social worker in several human rights non-governmental organisations in Russia focusing on the topic of sexual and reproductive health and rights and youth human rights in the period 2011-2013 and 2017. From 2014 to 2015 she conducted participatory research on the topic of stigma towards individuals living with HIV in the USA, and in 2016 developed the community interventions for providing refugee support in Slovenia. She also serves as an advocate and a human rights activist for Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights and advisor for FRIDA the young feminist fund providing global society advocacy efforts to include voices of young people in the decision making process.

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Rosa Ann Seidler

Health Policy Trainee
European Committee of the Regions (CoR)
  • cor.europa.eu
  • Rosa Ann Seidler

    Rosa Ann Seidler is a trainee with the European Committee of Regions in the commission tasked with Health Policy. Recently graduating from the University of Edinburgh in MSc Global Health Policy, she focuses on policies affecting reproductive health, namely, choices and access to breastfeeding, birth methods, and contraceptives. Rosa holds an Honours degree in International Studies from Leiden University with a focus on the Middle East and Arabic, where she explored high C-section rates in Turkey against the backdrop of contemporary socio-political and medical contexts with independent qualitative research. Passionate about menstrual equity, Rosa has worked with the Lilypads social enterprise creating reusable sanitary pads and delivering SRHR education in Kenya and in the U.K. Her Master’s Thesis supported by the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition draws out the effects of EU policy on the safety and availability of menstrual health products. Her work surrounding menstrual health has earned her the SSPS Edinburgh Award for Professional Development – Public Engagement.

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Isabel Serrano

Obstetrics and Gynaecology Specialist
FPFE
  • fpfe.org
  • Isabel Serrano

    Dr Isabel Serrano is a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and has worked 35 years as a gynaecologist in the Sexual and Reproductive Health Program of Madrid. She has been a professor at the National School of Health and the University of Alcalá de Henares. Isabel Serrano has been distinguished with a world prize for her contribution to sexual and reproductive health and rights and with several national awards, among others, granted by the Spanish Society of Contraception. She has been president of the FPFE, for which she has been a member for over 30 years, and member of the Executive Committee of the International Family Planning Federation (IPPF). She participated in the parliamentary commission in charge of discussing the Sexual and Reproductive Health Law and the Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy approved in 2010 and in the technical committee to prepare the Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy of the Ministry of Health, Social Policy and Equality. She has collaborated with the Stop Fistula Project participating in a surgical mission in Liberia and is the author of the books: "The question of abortion", "Sex with meaning for young people", "Immigrant youth in Spain: sexual behaviours and proposals for prevention”.

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Shanta Laxmi Shrestha

Chair of Beyond Beijing Committee
Beyond Beijing Committee
  • www.beyondbeijing.org
  • Shanta Laxmi Shrestha

    Shanta Laxmi Srestha, Phd, has worked extensively for Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights organisations in Nepal, Eritrea, Tanzania and Zambia. Laxmi Srestha began her career as a Health and Hygiene subject teacher in a Secondary Level School in Nepal. She has worked in the government of Nepal as the first Women Development Officer in Kabhrepalanchok District to empower rural women. She then worked at a number of International Non-Government Organizations in Nepal i.e., Save the Children Norway as the chief of the Training Section,  Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Nepal as Deputy Representative, Lutheran World Federation -Eritrea Program as Programme Coordinator, DanChurchAid in Tanzania and Zambia as Training Coordinator, World Education Australia Limited in Nepal as Deputy Team Leader for (ADB TA), Britain Nepal Medical Trust as the CEO, and World Education as the Associate Country Director.

    Since 2014, she has been devoting her personal, professional capacity and political capacity as the chairperson of the Beyond Beijing Committee, Nepal, working to Empower Women and Girls and Enlightening Men and Boys' for achieving gender equality in Nepal. On March 1st 2019, the Beyond Beijing Committee organised the SheDecides Flagship Events as a local partner of ARROW. Since the onset of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action (BPfA), she has been working continuously to advocate for safe abortion and taking action to end stigma and discrimination. Laxmi Srestha organised workshops and seminars on women and religion and did study on Chhaupadi (excluding women during menstruation and birthing) system and written books and manuals. She participated in the UN CPD and UN CSW sessions and HLPF and number of international conferences including International Dialogue on SRHR in Berlin. She is also the first female National Coordinator of Human Rights National Magna Meet (NHRMM) of Nepal and in 2015 she established a Shanta Laxmi Shrestha Women's Human Rights Award to be awarded to a women human rights activist annually.

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Arushi Singh

Pleasure Propagandist
The Pleasure Project
  • thepleasureproject.org
  • Arushi Singh

    Arushi Singh is a sexual rights advocate and has been a Pleasure Propagandist for The Pleasure Project for over ten years. She provides technical consultancy on adolescent and youth sexuality, gender and rights, and sex-positive and pleasure based approaches to sexual health programmes across the Asia-Pacific region and Eastern and Southern Africa. While working for the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s South Asia Region, she was responsible for leading the strategy on adolescents’ and young people’s SRHR programmes.

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Robin Smeets

Youth Rights & Engagement Coordinator
Dance4Life
  • dance4life.com
  • Robin Smeets

    Robin Smeets is a passionate SRHR advocate working at Dance4Life. Within Dance4Life as well as in the Right Here Right Now partnership she focuses on meaningful youth participation, ensuring youth voices are heard in (international) advocacy spaces. Dance4Life beliefs that empowered young people will make healthy choices. Through the Journey4life they empower young people and give them the tools to make their own informed decisions. Young people’s voices need to be heard and by using innovative ways, like digital storytelling, Robin is reflecting their realities in advocacy spaces. Making use of innovative and interactive methods to advocate for young people’s SRHR, or to organise sessions at conferences is what Robin would like to bring to Inspire.

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Eimear Sparks

MC at Inspire Conference
SheDecides
  • www.shedecides.com
  • Eimear Sparks

    Eimear Sparks is a sexual and reproductive health and rights activist and 25x25 young leader for SheDecides. She is a member of YouAct, the European youth network for SRHR, where she has worked on projects aimed at counteracting gender-based violence among young people and on building strategies to improve young people’s reproductive rights in Europe and Central Asia. Eimear has experience campaigning for abortion rights including during the Repeal the 8th campaign in Ireland and with Women on Waves during their Mexican campaign in 2017. As part of the 25x25 SheDecides, Eimear is working on a project to break taboos around sexual pleasure, called GetWet. She recently completed a master’s in Inequalities and Social Sciences at the London School of Economics and is currently working as Programme and Advocacy Assistant at the International Planned Parenthood Federation, European Network.

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Aleksandra Sremčev

Advocacy Officer
SRH Serbia
  • safersexresurs.org
  • Aleksandra Sremčev

    Aleksandra has been an Advocacy Officer at the Serbian Association for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights - SRH Serbia since 2013. She works on national 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. She is one of the authors of SRH Serbia’s accredited programme for Comprehensive sexuality education in school environment for professors and children/youth.

    Before joining SRH Serbia, Aleksandra studied Law (Group for International relationships) at the Faculty of Law University of Belgrade; Alternative Gender Studies, Centre for Women's Studies and Gender Research on Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade and Interdisciplinary Master studies of Terrorism, organised crime and security at University of Belgrade.

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​Emilie Weiderud

SRHR Policy Advisor
Church of Sweden
  • www.svenskakyrkan.se
  • ​Emilie Weiderud

    Emilie Weiderud Policy Advisor on SRHR at Church of Sweden, working both domestically as well as in development cooperation. Prior to her work at Church of Sweden, Emilie has worked for Swedish IPPF member RFSU. Emilie has many years of moving between the faith and secular feminist world, building bridges between the two. She also spent a long time within the abortion rights and feminist movements in Northern Ireland as well as doing ecumenical grass roots work there. 

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Elena Zacharenko

SRHR Researcher and Consultant
Independent
  • www.elenaz.eu
  • Elena Zacharenko

    Elena Zacharenko is a political scientist and policy expert with several years of experience of influencing EU policy in the area of rights and development through international non-profit organisations such as Marie Stopes International, International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network and Amnesty International. Her areas of interest include sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality, women’s rights and social justice. She authored a study on the anti-choice mobilisation in Europe and its influence on EU policy making, a chapter on 'Reproductive rights as a social justice issue in the EU' in the FES 'The Future of the European Union: Feminist Perspectives from East-Central Europe' (ed. Eszter Kovats) volume, both released in 2017, co-authored the chapter on Poland in The Triumph of the Women? The female face of the populist and far-right in Europe (ed. Elisa Gutsche), released in 2018, and a report titled ‘Investing in Africa's Youth: How the EU can better support Adolescent SRHR’, released in February 2019, for DSW.

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George Androulakis

Yoga Instructor
  • spitiyoga.gr
  • George Androulakis

    George Androulakis is an avid practitioner of Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. He has been teaching contemporary dance and Hatha Yoga since 2008, as well as Aerial and Acro Yoga since 2013. Moreover, since 2015 he runs the well known Spiti Yoga studio in the center of Athens.


    Over the course of his academic as well as professional career, he has collaborated with numerous Greek and international choreographers. The main axis and backbone in his study of motion and body so far has been “man as a unit and a separate entity within the community” and the various ways in which man relates to the environment and himself.


    George will run the Yoga/ Wellness side event on the 2nd October 2019 from 7.00 to 8.00.


    Pre-registration (on site) will be asked for to attend this yoga session.
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