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On November 12, the 2018 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) begins in Kigali, Rwanda, bringing together the family planning community and providing a strategic space for reproductive health advocates – researchers, policymakers, activists, and youth – to disseminate knowledge, share best practices, and identify next steps toward reaching the goal of universal access to family planning.

Equimundo is hosting several side events and presenting on multiple panels during ICFP, with a focus on highlighting impactful approaches to transforming harmful gender norms around sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and engaging men and boys in advancing health, gender equality, and well-being.

Join us at the events below, and visit Equimundo’s booth (#65) at ICFP:

Saturday, November 10

Rights in Practice: What Makes a REAL Difference to Programs

When: November 10, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM CAT
Where: KCC Room AD12
Discussion Leader: Christopher Hook, Consultant, Equimundo

Monday, November 12

Transforming Gender Norms to Achieve Equality: Early Findings from the Global Early Adolescent Study (Registration closed)

When: November 12, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM CAT
Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, Meeting Room #2
Speaker: Kate Doyle, Senior Program Officer, Equimundo

Beyond the ABCs of First-Time Parents: A Deep Dive into New Program and Research Considerations for First-time Parents

When: November 12, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM CAT
Where: KCC Room AD12
Speaker: Kate Doyle, Senior Program Officer, Equimundo

Tuesday, November 13

Getting to Equal: An ICFP Reception and Discussion On SRHR, Male Engagement and Gender Equality

When: November 13, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM CAT (Drinks will be served)
Where: KCC Room AD1

As the international community moves beyond 2020, it will be important to ensure that engaging men in sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality is included in global and country plans to further increase family planning uptake within a rights-based and gender-transformative paradigm. Join Equimundo for a reception and discussion, with help from activists and experts from around the globe, to advance the conversation; network with a community of SRHR and gender-equality practitioners; and learn about Equimundo’s new Getting to Equal initiative and resources on engaging men in SRHR and gender equality.

Learn more and RSVP here.

FP2020: Catalyzing Collaboration

When: November 13, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CAT
Where: KCC Room MH4
Speaker: Gary Barker, CEO, Equimundo

Wednesday, November 14

Exploring Men’s Roles as Partners and Activists Supporting Women’s Access to Safe Abortion

When: November 14, 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM CAT
Where: KCC Room AD10
Moderator: Kate Doyle, Senior Program Officer, Equimundo

Hosted by Equimundo with Ipas, Health Development Initiative-Rwanda, and ICRW India, the side event will highlight new research exploring men’s roles in women’s abortion decision-making and in activism to promote access to safe abortion services. Discussion will focus on research and activism in Rwanda, research from India, and work with the police in Nigeria. Breakfast will be served for attendees.

Learn more and RSVP here.

Thursday, November 15

Meeting the Needs of New Parents: A Call for an Integrated FP/MNCH Approach

When: November 15, 10:25 AM – 11:45 AM CAT
Where: KCC Room AD1
Speaker: Kate Doyle, Senior Program Officer, Equimundo

Programming Male Engagement Across the Life-course

When: November 15, 10:25 AM – 11:45 AM CAT
Where: KCC Auditorium Club 1
Speaker: Fidele Rutayisire, Rwanda Men’s Resource Centre

If you are not attending ICFP in person, follow the Virtual Conference Program during ICFP to stay updated on key information, events and opportunities at the conference. Visit: for more information.

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