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University research on women and girls' sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) discussed at House of Lords

From left to right: Sheelagh McGuinness, Susan Jim, Tigist Grieve, and Matt Jackson

17 July 2019

On Wednesday 10 July, World Population Day, in connection with the University of Bristol's collaboration with the UNFPA (UN Population Fund, the United Nations' Sexual and Reproductive Health Agency), Tigist Grieve (Vice Chancellor's Fellow, School of Education), Susan Jim (Perivoli Trust Africa Research Centre Manager) and Sheelagh McGuinness (Reader, School of Law) were invited by Matt Jackson (UK Director of UNFPA) and Baroness Jenny Tonge, Co-chair of the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health to a discussion and reception at the House of Lords co-hosted by the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

The event What's Changed? Accelerating the ICPD was an opportunity to engage with and meet politicians, policy makers and other stakeholders to share the important research on women and girls' sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) that is being prosecuted at the University of Bristol. Baroness Liz Sugg CBE, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, was the keynote speaker at the reception. Baroness Sugg's speech reaffirmed the importance of SRHR in the Sustainable Development Goals and the inclusion of young people at the centre of actions and decision making.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo, Egypt in 1994. The aim of this event on World Population Day was to take stock to understand the progress made since Cairo and to build momentum and direction towards the Nairobi Summit: Accelerating the Promise of ICPD, 12-14 November in Kenya.

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