II WOMEN WORKING FOR THE WORLD FORUM
October 16TH, 2014 – Country Club of Bogota
Girls at the Center: Poverty, Education, Reproductive Rights and Building Nations
When we understand that teen pregnancy is born out of many complex systemic root causes such as poverty, lack of education, gender discrimination, violence against women, lack of economic opportunity, and most fundamentally the historic control over women’s reproductive capacity, then we can undertake to solve the problem by addressing these foundational issues.
As we work on the long-term arc of human development to change policy, culture, media, the economy, terms of private familial relationships and public norms of equality, alleviating the immediate suffering related to teen pregnancy can have a dramatic healing impact on everyone, which is why putting it at the center of development efforts is so important.
The Women Working for the World Forum has the opportunity to answer critical questions.
What does teen pregnancy have to do with:
- How we understand our relationships to one another in our most intimate relationships
- The strength and vulnerabilities of our families, communities, economies
- Social gender norms and their impact on the development of girls and boys
- How gender violence contributes to limiting the human potential of girls & women
- Cycles of poverty, injustice, inequality
And importantly, how can focusing on Teen Pregnancy by putting it at the center of our attention guide us to solutions that lift up girls & everyone!
8:00am – 8:15am
Catalina Escobar – President Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation
8:15am – 8:30am
Tatyana Orozco. Director, Department for Social Prosperity – Colombia.
8:30am – 9:45am
Teenage pregnancy and Societies: Why does it matter?
Every year one million teenage girls die or suffer serious injury, infection or disease due to pregnancy or childbirth. According to Save the Children´s report, girls under 15 years old are five times more likely to die in pregnancy than women in their 20´s. Babies are 60% more likely to die if their mothers are under 18.
Moderator: Pat Mitchell
- Patricia Simmons: Global authority on pediatrics and adolescent medicine – Mayo Clinic.
- Paula A. Johnson: Professor in Medicine Harvard University, Executive Director of Mary Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology.
- Carlos Eduardo Valdés:National Director, Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences – Colombia.
9:45am – 10:00am
María Teresa Villanueva: Lead Specialist, Gender and Women´s Economic Empowerment – Multilateral Investment Fund Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
10:00am – 10:15am
Beatriz Linares: Director of ANSPE – Colombia
10:15am – 10:45 am
10:45am – 12:00pm
Module No. 2
Women and Development: Invest in adolescent girls for the transformation of society and development of nations
One-quarter to one-half of girls in developing countries become mothers before 18. There is clear and convincing evidence, amassed over the past two decades, that investing in girl-specific resources in the areas of education, health services, reproductive health, and financial literacy leads to better educated, safer, healthier, and economically powerful adolescent girls. This can contribute to a substantially better future not just for the individual girls, but for their families, communities, and our world.
Moderator: Peggy Clark– Aspen Institute
- Rebecca Leventhal: Director on the business development team at Social Finance.
- Raquel Bernal: Director of the Center for Economic Development Studies (CEDE) at the Faculty of Economics at the Universidad de los Andes – Colombia.
- Sarah Williams: Co-founder Advective Capital. She builds and manages grant and impact investing portfolios in areas including poverty alleviation, women’s rights, prison education, and social entrepreneurship.
12:00pm – 12:10pm
Ximena Botero: General Coordinator of the civil society initiative – Reconciliación Colombia
12:10pm – 12:40pm
Women in the Colombian post-conflict agenda – Conversation with Bibiana Mercado and Yolanda Perea
12:40pm – 12:55pm
Adriana Lucía – Colombian Artist
1:00pm – 1:45pm
1:45pm – 2:15pm
Felipe Gomez – Attitude E
2:15pm – 3:30pm
Module No. 3
Effective Advocacy for Women and Girls: The importance of engaging mainstream media
Media plays an important role in public education and advocacy on teen pregnancy issues. Media and Networks allow different groups to work together toward a shared goal by coordinating strategies and pooling resources. Networks, which include a range of organizations, groups, and individuals, demonstrate to policy makers’ wide support for particular policies or programs.
Moderator: Pat Mitchell
- Natalia Springer: Colombian political scientists and journalist.
- Kate O´Brian:President and CEO – Aljazeera America.
- Alejandro Santos:Director of Revista Semana.
3:30pm – 4:45pm
No More Impunity: Stopping sexual violence against women and girls
Violence against women and girls seriously affects their ability to enjoy rights and freedoms on a basis of equality with men and has devastating effects on many aspects of the lives of women and girls, including their sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as their mental and physical health. Beyond the impact on individuals, violence against women and girls has severe consequences on families, communities and societies, and results in significant economic and social costs for countries.
Moderator: Cristiana Falcone
- Jineth Bedoya:Is a strong advocate and activist for the rights of women victims of violence in the context of the Colombian conflict.
- Cristina Plazas:Director of ICBF and former Counselor for Women’s issues in Santos government.
- Belén Sanz: Country Representative UNWomen – Colombia.
4:45pm – 4:55pm
Beatriz Mora – Soprano singer
4:55pm – 5:30pm
Closing remarks – Pat Mitchell.