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Presentation and Discussion by Faysal El-Kak from the American University of Beirut, Vice President of FIGO on sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) and gender equality and inclusion

28 March 2023 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Location: IDRC offices: 45 O’Connor Street, 6th Floor

Date and time: March 28, 2023 9:00 AM-10:30 AM

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  • Meeting ID: 222 179 504 096
  • Passcode: ngQyy9

Despite the progress that have been made with sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) at the conceptual and practical levels, challenges continue to deter the path to more equitable health outcomes for all. From COVID-19 epidemic threat to the inclusivity failure, to legal and financial barriers, and restrictive gender norms, essential SRHR services are the first to fall out and to have its links to SDG2030 strained. Adolescents/youth, refugees, and women in menopausal transition are important to include in SRH, as well as including SRH services in the essential package of health services remains a primary task. There is a need for a true representation of diversity of voices and variety of relevant partners to regain SRHR and strengthen its positioning globally to contribute to achievement of SDGs. Specific examples from an IDRC-funded project that examines sexual and reproductive rights and the link between these rights and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) among Syrian women refugees in Lebanon will be highlighted.

Dr Faysal El Kak is Vice President of FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics), a Director of the Women Integrated Sexual Health (WISH) Program and clinical associate of OBGYN and Female Sexual Dysfunction, Department of OBGYN, American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC), a senior lecturer of Health Behavior, Sexuality and Public Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He is involved in clinical and academic/research services in both academic and community levels, this includes running a community clinic where he works on services, research, and advocacy related to Syrian refugee health and marginalized Lebanese in the host community, especially women’s health. Dr El Kak has published two books on maternal mortality, and several book chapters, as well as many media articles and appearances.

For more information or to RSVP to attend in person, please email Chaitali Sinha, Senior Program Specialist at [email protected]


28 March 2023
9:00 am - 10:30 am
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45 O’Connor Street, 6th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
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