The West African Regional Advocacy Caucus

In partnership with PATH and Women Deliver, HACEY Health Initiative will host the West Africa caucus at the Women Deliver 4th Global Conference in May 2016. The caucus will bring together diverse stakeholders to discuss major priorities and strategies for strengthening political and financial commitments to girls’ and women’s health and well-being in West Africa. Emphasis will be on improving reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) and gender equality in SDG implementation and accountability efforts, and building on ICPD+20 and Beyond and Beijing+20 processes.

Specifically, participants will discuss advocacy priorities for SDG implementation regarding girls and women, as well as identify opportunities for collaboration and/or strategic mobilization upon return from the conference in focus countries and the region. 

The caucus will meet the following objectives:

  • Enhanced multi-stakeholder collaboration at the regional and national levels, including shared advocacy goals and joint activities regarding implementation of the SDGs related to girls and women. 
  • Development of commitments from different sectors, including government, that contribute to the implementation of relevant SDG goals and targets in individual countries or regions.
  • Increased capacity of civil society, including young people, to participate and engage with government representatives about the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women via the SDGs.

HACEY Health Initiative will plan and lead a 90-minute, high-level caucus for approximately 100 participants on the path forward for girl’s and women’s health, rights, and well-being as part of realizing the SDGs within the region (West Africa and individual countries). The specific agendas of the caucus and resulting outcomes will advance solutions and meaningful change for girls and women. Priority audiences for caucus participation include CSOs, NGOs, policymakers, academics, multilateral and bilateral officials, private sector, journalists, and young people.

Building on successful caucuses at the 2010 and 2013 conferences, Women Deliver and PATH will work with HACEY Health Initiative to organize the West Africa Regional Caucus meeting at the Women Deliver 4th Global Conference in May 2015. Regional caucuses will bring together diverse stakeholders to discuss major priorities and strategies for strengthening political and financial commitments to girls’ and women’s health and well-being in their region/sub-region. Emphasis will be on improving reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) and gender equality in SDG implementation and accountability efforts, and building on ICPD+20 and Beyond and Beijing+20 processes. Specifically, participants will discuss advocacy priorities for SDG implementation regarding girls and women, as well as identify opportunities for collaboration and/or strategic mobilization upon return from the conference in focus countries and the region.

For more information about the Caucus meeting and Registration, please visit the conference website here.

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