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    Sex Rights Africa Network partner Hivos Southern Africa is hosting a Regional Caucus on 19 May at the Women Deliver 2016 global conference on the health, rights, and well being of girls and women. The regional caucus is aimed at igniting action in the Southern Africa region. The meeting is taking place at the Bella Conference Center, Copenhagen, Denmark at 10:30 am.

    To identify priority issues, Hivos conducted a survey of more than 200 people in Southern Africa. Gender-based violence, family planning, adolescent and youth health and socio-cultural norms came up as the top issues requiring action. The meeting will therefore get people to talk about what steps need to be taken to tackle these pressing issues as a way of improving the health and well being of women and girls in Southern Africa.

    The Regional Caucus, facilitated by Ellen Hagerman, will use the recently approved Sustainable Development Goals as a key entry point to get people to focus on issues of importance to people in Southern Africa. Participants will be encouraged to reflect upon the inter-connectedness of women and girls’ health to broader issues such as access to food, clean water, quality education and climate change.

    Action plans will be developed by meeting participants and will be taken forward into the region through face-to-face meetings and virtual campaigns. Use this discussion forum to share your views about what needs to be done to ensure a safe, healthy, happy future for women and girls – and your experiences of what works.

    You can follow Women Deliver live throughout the day via the virtual conference. Make your views on promoting women’s and girls’ health known in the Twitter discussion #WD2016 @sexrightsafrica

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