Gender Links, Southern Africa Gender Protocol Alliance and SAFAIDS will host their first discussion on the SADC Gender Protocol Barometer 2020  thematic areas. This discussion will focus on maternal and menstrual health.

Meeting: Maternal and Menstrual Health in Southern Africa

Date: 8 September 2020

Time: 11:00 – 13:00

Where: Cyber dialogue (Gender Links Zoom meeting)

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Moderators: Bonang Modise (BOCONGO) & Charmaine Picardo (SAfAIDS)

Draft Programme

11.00 – 11.10 Welcome and overview of dialogue Bonang Modise (Moderator)
11.10 – 11.15 Introduction of panel Charmaine Picardo  (Moderator)
Maternal Health
11.15 – 11.25 Local government perspectives on maternal health in times of COVID – lessons from Eswatini Thobile Jele – Lavumisa Town Board, Eswatini
11.25 – 11.35 Policy and legal framework of maternal health Mpho Maema – Women Law Clinic, Lesotho
11.35-11.45 Teenage pregnancy and maternal health Silvia Diwili – MovFemme, Mozambique
11.45 – 11.55 Are we there yet in achieving maternal health care in SADC? Sifisosami Dube – Gender Links, South Africa
11.55 – 12.05 Drivers of maternal mortality Edinah Masiyiwa – Women’s Action Group, Zimbabwe
Menstrual Health
12.05 – 12.15 Pink tax and menstrual health Mpho Mayema
12.15 – 12.25 Beyond distribution of pads – where are we with the stigma/taboo issues , COVID-19 impact Edinah Masiyiwa
12.25 – 12.30 Mapping of regional achievements on menstrual health and COVID-19 impact Sifisosami Dube
12.30 – 12.40 The impact of COVID-19 on youth’s access to menstrual health Silvia Diwili – MovFemme, Mozambique
12.40 – 12.45 Winning the battle and the war – local level interventions of menstrual health during COVID-19 Thobile Jele
12.45 – 12.55 Q and A session Bonang Modise and Charmaine Picardo
12.55 – 13.00 Next steps