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‘She Decides’ parliamentary pre-meeting in Belgium’s Federal Parliament, Brussels. Wednesday 1 March 2017, 14.00 – 17.00.

On 2 March Belgium will host an international conference - ‘She Decides’ - in support of girls’ and women’s rights, and in particular their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

The conference will bring together like-minded countries, NGOs and international organizations to express their support for sexual and reproductive health and rights organizations that will be affected by the reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy or ‘Global Gag Rule’.

On the eve of this conference, the Belgian All Party Parliamentary Group ‘Parliamentarians for the 2030 Agenda’ will organize a pre-meeting in the Belgian Parliament on Wednesday 1 March at 14.00.


Preliminary Programme 

  • Hon. Sabien Lahaye-Battheu (MP) and Hon. Karine Lalieux (MP), President and Vice-President of the ‘Parliamentarians for the 2030 Agenda

The impact of the ‘Global Gag Rule’ on women’s rights and access to family planning  
  • Caroline Hickson, Regional Director, IPPF European Network
  • Suzanne Ehlers, CEO Population Action International (tbc)

The international anti-gender and anti-choice movement: mobilizing against equality and women’s rights
  • Dr. David Paternotte, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Neil Datta, secretary, European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development Hon. Els Van Hoof (MP)

Towards sustained political support for sexual and reproductive health and rights in Europe and beyond
  • Arthur Erken, Director Division for Communication and Partnerships UNFPA
  • Ton Coenen, Executive director Rutgers
  • Hon. Ulrika Karlsson, MP, President European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (tbc)  

Closing words

  • Address:  Federal Parliament, Leuvenseweg 13, 1000 Brussels
  • Participation is free but registration is required before 24 February.
  • For security reasons it is recommended to arrive well in advance.


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