Achieving Equity Through Women in Leadership – A Social Media Update

The International Conference of Family Planning has now officially started. This year’s theme is Full Access, Full Choice to family planning, and to kick off the conversation today, the plenary panel discussed the role of women in leadership and empowering young women as leaders to ensure that we meet the goals that we have set up to achieve.

Here is a quick recap of the conversation from this morning’s inspirational panel.

Mrs. Melinda Gates
Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Her Excellency Roman Tesfaye
First Lady of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Professor Marleen Temmerman
Director of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research and of HRP at the World Health Organisation

Ms. Theo Sowa
Chief Executive Officer of the African Women Development Fund

Ms. Ellen H. Starbird
Director of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health at USAID

Ellen Starbird, USAID, explains why she thinks access to family planning is important. #ICFPLive

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Ms. Carol S. Larson
President and Chief Executive Officer of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Question & Answer with Theo Sowa

I had the possibility of asking the panel a question during the Press Briefing.

How can we ensure that the voices of the women and girls that we are actually trying to help are heard by leaders and that they act upon that?

This was a part of Theo Sowa’s response:

"We need to hold all our leaders to account" says Theo Sowa, African Women Development Fund

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Women and girls "are the ones" who need to lead, says Theo Sowa of African Women Development Fund

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Julia Wiklander


Julia Wiklander is the Founder and President of Girls' Globe. With a passion to inspire people, Julia believes in all people's equal rights, and that highlighting positive change is essential for development. Julia is also a mother, a blogger (of course) and an economist.

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