This webinar addresses the plight of survivors of sexual and gender-based violence and their access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) under EU humanitarian aid, in particular their access to safe abortion.
In 2015, former VP/HR Mogherini and former Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Mr Stylianides stated that “in cases where a pregnancy threatens a woman’s or girl’s life or causes unbearable suffering, international humanitarian law and/or international human rights law may justify offering a safe abortion rather than perpetuating what amounts to inhumane treatment”. The Commission has continuously reaffirmed this policy since then. However, the provision of abortion services on the ground by humanitarian health actors remains incomplete. This webinar will thus explore possible steps to ensure that the EU can continue to guarantee equality of care to survivors of armed conflict.
The EU Commissioner for Crisis Management will deliver a keynote speech and panelists will share the experiences of humanitarian organisations on the ground.
Sophie in ‘t Veld (MEP), Renew Europe, Co-chair of MEPs for Sexual and Reproductive Rights
Petra de Sutter (MEP), Greens/EFA, Co-chair of MEPs for Sexual and Reproductive Rights
Janez Lenarčič - EU Commissioner for Crisis Management
Akila Radhakrishnan, President, Global Justice Center
Rajat Kohsla - Senior Director, Research, Advocacy and Policy, Amnesty International
Cyprien Masaka Lepepo, Deputy Reproductive Health Coordinator, International Rescue Committee DRC
Manisha Kumar - Head of the Task Force for Safe Abortion Care , Médecins Sans Frontières
Michael Koehler, Deputy Director General, DG ECHO, European Commission