Plenary Sessions in Detail

28 May 2013

8:30 – 8:45   Welcome
Speakers: Jill Sheffield, President, Women Deliver and Dr. Raj Abdul Karim, Asia Regional Director, Women Deliver
Video Remarks: Hillary Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State

8:45 10:15   Plenary: Investing in Women’s Reproductive Health Equals Investing in Economic and Social Progress for Everyone
Achieving gender equality requires addressing the reproductive health needs of women. However, despite improvements in gender equality in other domains, too little progress has been achieved on this critical front. The lack of investment in reproductive health is a missed opportunity for development. This panel will review the economic benefits of investing in reproductive health, including improved labour productivity, reduced out-of-pocket expenditures, enhanced human capital of future generations, and increased economic growth. Investing in reproductive health is smart economics for policy makers in developing countries, but obstacles still exist. We will explore proven and promising policy levers to accelerate progress.

Presenter: Dr. Jeni Klugman, Director of Gender and Development, World Bank Group
Moderator: Norman Pearlstine, Chief Content Officer, Bloomberg L.P

  • Dr. Peter Berman, Professor, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Otaviano Canuto, Vice President and Head of Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) Network, World Bank Group
  • Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO, Global Fund for Women
  • Dr. El Bashir Sallam, Senior Health Expert, Islamic Development Bank
  • Lakshmi Puri, Acting Head, UN Women

10:15 – 11:00   Opening Ceremonies
Introduction of honoured guests and keynote speaker: Jill Sheffield, President, Women Deliver
Keynote Address: Dato' Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia

11:30 – 13:00   Presidential Session: Investing in Girls
It is universally recognised that girls’ access to education is key to their future contributions to society and their own sense of fulfilment. Enabling girls to participate fully in all aspects of family, political, and community life is critical to gender equality. The panel will explore continuing barriers and challenges to ensuring that every girl has access to an education and the experiences and rights that will enable her to flourish.

Moderator: Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, United Nations Foundation

  • Maria Eitel, President and CEO, Nike Foundation
  • Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, General Secretary, World YWCA
  • Reeta Roy, President and CEO, The MasterCard Foundation
  • Dr. Nafis Sadik, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General

13:15–14:30   Plenary Lunch: Role of Professional Association Leaders in Advocating for Women’s Reproductive Health
Among the most respected advocates for reproductive health services are the professional associations whose members provide those services. Beyond setting the standards that lend credibility to providers and ensuring the health and safety of patients, they also develop ethical codes of conduct that guarantee adherence to the highest standards of care. They inform their members of challenges to quality of care and translate the narrative stories of the real-life challenges and needs of women, girls and couples into measurable actions for ministries of health, other government agencies, and media. The leaders of the reproductive health professional associations will share their experiences as advocates, educators, and service providers.   

Moderator: Dr. Jack Watters, Vice President for External Medical Affairs, Pfizer, Inc.

  • Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, President, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)
  • David Benton, CEO, International Council of Nurses
  • Dr. Mary Suma Cardosa, Consultant Anaesthetist and Pain Management Specialist at Hospital Selayang, Selangor; Former President of Malaysian Medical Association
  • Frances Day-Stirk, President, International Confederation of Midwives
  • Tewodros Melesse, Director-General, International Planned Parenthood Federation
  • Ema Paulino, Deputy Professional Secretary, International Pharmaceutical Federation, Portugal

Plenary Lunch: Closing the Gap on MDG 5 
Progress on Millennium Development Goal 5 has been slow, but is accelerating. New quantitative estimates of need, receipt, and unmet need for maternal and neonatal health services for each region and sub-region of the developing world are promising, as are the innovative advocacy and service delivery approaches that panel will discuss. These approaches are designed to improve access and close important service gaps.

Moderator: Michael Holscher, Senior Vice President and Director of International Programmes, Marie Stopes International

  • Petra ten Hoope-Bender, Director for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, Instituto de Cooperación Social Integrare
  • Dr. Jotham Musinguzi, Africa Regional Director, Partners in Population and Development
  • Dr. Naveen Rao, Lead, Merck for Mothers
  • Susheela Singh, Vice President for Research, Guttmacher Institute

14:45 – 16:15   Presidential Session: Women’s Health
The reproductive health paradigm established at Cairo called for a holistic women-centred approach to achieve comprehensive reproductive health care. Over the past years, we have come to understand that broader issues of women’s health also need to be seen as part of that comprehensive approach. The dramatic increase in rates of non-communicable diseases, from cancers to diabetes, affects reproductive health. Women’s mental health, infertility, and sexuality are all still neglected. The disproportionate number of women in poverty is a further health challenge. A life-cycle approach to women’s health is sorely needed. This panel will explore those challenges, and ways in which women’s health needs can be better met.

Moderator: Karl Hofmann, President and CEO, Population Services International

  • Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
  • Barbara Bush, Co-Founder and CEO, Global Health Corps
  • Dr. Ana Langer, Director, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • Dr. Harshad Sanghvi, Vice President Innovations and Medical Director, Jhpiego

16:30 – 17:55   Plenary: Women Lead—Opportunities and Challenges
There is no doubt that substantial progress has been made in women’s leadership, not just in traditional areas such as health and education but as leaders in finance, government, and communications, and as cultural icons. Younger women can rise to leadership sooner. Yet, even the world’s most powerful women speak of challenges and of being ignored. This will be a lively and intimate look at how women leaders see their own leadership. It will also explore the latest in leadership theories, with the panellists’ perceptions of what makes for great leaders in the 21st century.

Moderator: Ghida Fakhry, Al Jazeera

  • Chelsea Clinton, Board Member, William J. Clinton Foundation
  • President Ms. Tarja Halonen, Former President of Finland
  • Yakin Ertürk, Member, Council of Europe, Committee on the Prevention of Torture (CPT), Former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Turkey
  • Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

17:55 – 18:00   The Last Word
Speaker: Theo Sowa, CEO, The African Women’s Development Fund

29 May 2013

9:00 – 10:30    Plenary: Global Progress on Family Planning—Putting Women at the Heart of the Global Health Agenda
Join Melinda Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in an exciting plenary session focused on Family Planning 2020 (FP2020). The global community came together at the London Summit on Family Planning and delivered bold commitments to help girls and women in developing countries to access life-saving contraceptives. Learn how advocates and government officials are working together and making progress to advance FP2020.

Moderator: Patricia Amira, Media Host, Mandala TV

  • Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • Dr. Awa Coll-Seck, Minister of Health, Senegal
  • Dr. Enrique Ona, Secretary of Health, Philippines

11:00 – 13:00   To the Point
A series of thought-provoking, passionate talks on the conference themes and a bit more.


  • How access to contraception improves everything
    Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health, Karolinska Institute; Director, Gapminder Foundation
  • Inaction on family planning in sub-Saharan Africa
    Dr. Fred Sai, International Advisor on Reproductive Health, Ghana
  • The world of rural girls
    Halimatou Hima, Master in Public Policy Candidate, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
  • Responding to the unique health challenges in the Asia Pacific region
    Peter Baxter, Director General, AUSAid
  • Global access to contraception: Is Pharma your friend?
    André Ulmann, Founder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board, HRA Pharma
  • Solar suitcases shining a light on darkened deliveries
    Dr. Laura stachel, Co-Founder and Medical Director, WE CARE Solar
  • Access to contraceptives is a human right
    Kathy Mulville, Executive Director, Women’s Global Campaign for Reproductive Rights
  • From victims to powerhouses: the narrative change in maternal and newborn health
    Katja Iversen, Chief, Strategic Communication and Public Advocacy, UNICEF
  • Simple things save lives
    Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO (by video)
  • Reweaving the revolution
    Peggy Clark, Vice President, Aspen Institute
  • How vaccines for girls deliver health for women
    Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO, GAVI Alliance

13:15 – 14:30     Plenary Lunch: Developing Countries’ Strategies Towards Reaching the FP2020 Goals
Increasingly, developing countries understand the importance of meeting the need women and couples have for contraception. A panel of government leaders will provide an in-depth look at the progress made and challenges remaining as they move to realise their strong commitments to family planning. 

Moderator: Theo Sowa, CEO, The African Women’s Development Fund

  • Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu, Minister of Health, Ethiopia
  • Matia Kasaija, Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Uganda

Plenary Lunch: The Challenges and Benefits of Partnership
As we move forward to reach the goals of MDG5, the importance of partnerships becomes ever more critical. Government, industry and civil society are all needed to meet the goals and working together can accelerate progress. Over lunch, leaders from the corporate and government sectors will discuss public-private partnership challenges and opportunities, including navigating complex relationships, keeping projects transparent and winning over sceptics.

Moderator: Zeda Rosenberg, Chief Executive Officer, International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM)

  • Jan Beagle, Deputy Executive Director, UNAIDS
  • Klaus Brill, Vice President Corporate and Commercial Relations, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals
  • Sharon K. D’Agostino, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship, Johnson & Johnson
  • Beatrice Mutali, Family Planning Director, Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD)

14:45 – 16:15   Presidential Session: Ending Violence Against Women
Worldwide attention has been focused on the increasingly virulent attacks on women. In Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban. Her crime: advocating for girls education. In India, a young medical student was raped and murdered by a gang of five assailants. Every 20 minutes, a woman in India is raped. Since the 1990s, successive waves of murders of young women have left hundreds of women dead. In South Africa, a woman is killed by an intimate partner every eight minutes. Women Deliver is dedicated to ending violence against women. This panel will discuss what is happening, why it is happening and what can be done to end it.

Moderator: Shereen El Feki, Author, Sex and the Citadel

  • Mahnaz Afkhami, Founder and President, Women’s Learning Partnership
  • Gary Barker, International Director, ProMundo; Co-chair, MenEngage Alliance
  • Bachi Karkaria, Columnist, The Times of India
  • Lakshmi Puri, Acting Head, UN Women
  • Mabel van Oranje, Advisory Committee Chair, Girls Not Brides

16:30 – 17:55 Plenary: Innovations in Advocacy: Building support for Social Change
If we are going to ensure that 1.2 million women and couples have access to the contraception they want by 2020, we cannot keep doing the same things. This panel is meant to ‘pump you up’ with new ideas, successful projects, and earth-shattering insights that you can buy into, modify, expand, join, steal and make your own to ensure that FP2020 goals are met.

Moderator: Gabrielle Fitzgerald, Director of Program Advocacy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Esther Agbarakwe, Youth advocate for family planning and climate change, Nigeria
  • Senator Pia Cayetano, Philippines
  • Nachilala Nkombo, Deputy Director, ONE Africa
  • Peter Singer, Ira W. Decamp Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values at Princeton University

17:55 – 18:00 The Last Word
Speaker: Hugh Evans, CEO and Co-Founder, Global Poverty Project

30 May 2013

9:00 – 10:30: Plenary: The Development Agenda through a Women’s Lens
We are moving toward the adoption of new goals for development, framed within the theme of a sustainable world. The goals established in various UN documents such as the ICPD Program of Action, The Beijing Platform of Action, and the MDGs—especially those related to reproductive health—are far from achieved. In some cases these goals are still controversial and inadequate for the challenges of the future. How can the new development goals adequately address women’s rights and needs? This panel will address these issues and provide answers.

Moderator: Frances Kissling, President, Center for Health, Ethics and Social Policy

  • Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • Her Excellency Ms. Tarja Halonen, Former President of Finland
  • Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
  • Theo Sowa, CEO, African Women’s Development Fund

11:00 – 13:00: To the Point

Moderator: Michelle Goldberg, Author, The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of The World


  • Feminism and Family Planning
    Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, Population Foundation of India (PFI)
  • Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World
    Shereen El Feki, Author, Sex and the Citadel
  • Why universal health care is a women’s issue
    Dr. Jonathan d. Quick, President and CEO, Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
  • Effective advocacy for universal access to contraception
    Valerie DeFillipo, Director, Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) Reference Group
  • Why I perform abortions
    Dr. Nozer Sheriar, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)
  • The price of defending freedom of expression
    Mona Eltahawy, Columnist
  • Crowdfunding change: innovative solutions for gender equality
    Tyler LePard, Senior Digital Strategist, Catapult
  • Women and micro credit
    Vicki Escarra, President and CEO, Opportunity International
  • Save our midwives, save our world
    Ibu Robin Lim, Bumi Sahat Foundation
  • Don’t just do something; simply do everything
    Dr. Imane Khachani, Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine, Maternity Hospital Les Orangers, National Reference Center in Reproductive Health
  • Faith, family planning and HIV
    Reverend Canon Gideon Byamugisha, Co-Founder, African Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Affected by HIV and AIDS (ANERELA), Uganda

13:15 – 14:30  Plenary Lunch: How to think about Population, Sustainability and Women’s Rights
From the first conference on population and development in Bucharest in 1974, the question of whether population growth contributes to poverty and environmental degradation has been contested. The development of a woman-centred human rights approach to population at the Cairo conference was lauded by some as a paradigm shift and by others as diminishing the financial commitment to reproductive health. Increasing interest in reducing the negative effects of climate change has reopened the debate; this panel will discuss what that means for women.

Moderator: Robert Engelman, President, Worldwatch Institute, USA

  • Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • Kavita Ramdas, South Asia Representative, Ford Foundation
  • Peter Singer, Ira W. Decamp Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values at Princeton University
  • Kenneth R. Weiss, Journalist, Los Angeles Times

Plenary Lunch: Twenty Years Ago…What’s Missing in the 1990’s Programmes of Action: Moving Forward from Cairo, Beijing, Rio, Vienna and the MDGs
Within the UN, the 1990’s witnessed a remarkable outpouring of transformation agendas for development. Twenty or so years later, few of those agendas have been updated; yet, the world has changed dramatically. This panel will ask some of the leaders in developing those agendas what is missing most from them – what was left out when they were developed and what needs to change in those agendas to achieve women’s rights, human rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights and sustainable development.

Moderator: Gill Greer, Board Member, WomanCare Global; CEO, Volunteer Service Abroad, New Zealand

  • Mahnaz Afkhami, Founder and President, Women’s Learning Partnership
    Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, China, 1995
  • Serra Sippel, President, Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)
    International Conference on Population and Development, Cairo, Egypt, 1994
  • Suzanne Ehlers, President and CEO, Population Action International
    United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1992
  • Dame Billie Miller, Former Senior Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Barbados
    Millennium Development Goals, 2000

15:00 – 16:00: Presidential Session: The Development Agenda through a Young Person’s Lens
The World We Want is not just a slogan—it represents the vision each of us has for the kind of future we need. For no group is it more real than those under the age of 30 who will live out the lives today’s leaders initiate in the post-2015 agenda. On this panel, young leaders will share their vision for the world they want.

Moderator: Remmy Shawa, International Sida Project Coordinator, Sonke Gender Justice Network, South Africa

  • Ahmed Awadalla, Sexual and Gender based Violence Officer, Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance
  • Saba Ismail, Executive Director, AWARE Girls, Pakistan
  • Mary Mwende, Partnership Manager and Global Ambassador, Global Give Back Circle
  • María José Rivas, Director, Board of Directors, International Planned Parenthood Federation-Western Hemisphere Region, Paraguay

16:30 – 17:40 Closing Plenary: Creating a Just and Sustainable World: A Call to Action
As the conference comes to a close, we’ll weave a tapestry of our visions together into a seamless garment that links together the themes of women’s and girls’ health and well-being and the goal of sustainable development. Creating the world we want is in our hands and the panel will offer some guidance on how to get to that world.

Moderator: Theo Sowa, CEO, African Women’s Development Fund

  • Kavita Ramdas, Representative, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, Ford Foundation
  • Frances Kissling, President, Center for Health, Ethics and Social Policy
  • Katja Iversen, Chief, Strategic Communication and Public Advocacy, UNICEF
  • Karl Hofmann, President and CEO, Population Services International, (PSI)

17:40-17:55 Women Deliver Global Solution Awards for the Social Enterprise Challenge And the Women Deliver Rising Star Awards Presentations
Presenters: Jill Sheffield, President, Women Deliver and Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

17:55-18:00 The Last Word
Speaker: Jill Sheffield, President, Women Deliver