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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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Efi Latsoudi

Keynote Speaker
PIKPA Village
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    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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Hazal Atay

P.H.D. candidate at Science Po
Women on Web
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  • 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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Sophie Beria

Chair
YouAct
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    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
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  • 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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Ton Coenen

Inspire Chair
Executive Director at Rutgers
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  • 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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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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Daniela Draghici

Inspire Steering Committee
SECS Romania
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    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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Marianne Haslegrave

Inspire Steering Committee
Director at Commonwealth Medical Trust
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    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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Brian McKenna

Deputy Director
The Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC)
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  • 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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Robin Smeets

Youth Rights and Engagement Coordinator
Dance4Life
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    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
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    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
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    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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George Androulakis

Yoga Instructor
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    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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