Now more than ever, we need to come together to shout and fight for women’s rights and equality in health. We look forward to joining world leaders, influencers, advocates, academics and journalists as we work together to achieve a more gender equal world. We won’t achieve the 2030 goal of universal health coverage without ensuring these are taken seriously by those in power.
If you’re at the conference, we hope you’ll join us at some of the events we’re part of – details below.
We’ve also got representatives from across our organisation attending, so please do not hesitate to get in touch if you’d like to arrange to meet up – contact details below.
Uniting Forces to Ensure Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) is a Practice of the Past
Sun 02 June, 08:00 - 16:00, Room 109, WEST Building, Vancouver Convention Center
This End FGM/C Pre-Conference is an unprecedented event from civil society for civil society to unite voices and come together around a global Call to Action to end FGM/C and support FGM/C survivors. The event will convene civil society organisations, champions, survivors and other grassroots representatives from across the globe to come together as a sector, to get to know others working globally across this issue, and to discuss what is needed to accelerate ending FGM/C by 2030. The event will put grassroots and survivor voices at the centre and work to strengthen our unified community of practice to support the achievement of SDG 5.3.
Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting – Myths, Stories and Action
Mon 03 June,12:30 - 14:00, Canadian Pavilion
Faith Mwangi-Powell will be part of a discussion panel on global perspectives and efforts to end FGM/C. Please join us and hear survivor stories; religious and cultural reasons used to justify FGM/C; and local and grassroots efforts to tackle misconceptions that perpetuate FGM/C.
Faith's Power Talk
Tues 04 June, 15:10, the Power Stage
Faith Mwangi-Powell believes that if women work together we can end FGM in this generation. She shares her experiences in leading the largest global collective of organisations – more than 900 – working to end FGM in ten countries most affected by the harmful practice in Africa.
Meet our team at Women Deliver
Priti Davé, Director of Strategy: Priti is responsible for shaping and driving Options' strategic direction, and for scoping and developing new technical opportunities and partnerships. She has 30 years of experience in reproductive maternal newborn child and adolescent health care package, and in health systems strengthening.
Faith Mwangi-Powell, Global Director of The Girl Generation: Faith spearheaded The Girl Generation, a global platform for the Africa-led movement to end FGM in one generation. Her expertise includes health systems strengthening, quality improvement, policy development, HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, human rights, gender, TB and other chronic illnesses.
Nicole Sijenyi Fulton, Country Representative, Kenya: Nicole is passionate about improving women’s health and well-being, and building high performing organisations and teams. She represents Options and coordinates our teams in Kenya. Previously, she was Team Leader for the UKAid-funded Maternal and Newborn Improvement (MANI) project in Kenya, and led Options’ work to strengthen county-level health system performance.
Joyce Kyalo, Regional Health Financing and Advocacy Advisor, E4A-MamaYe: Joyce is the Regional Health Financing Specialist for the E4A-MamaYe programme in Kenya. She has over 20 years experience in the health sector having played technical advisory roles to governments, and managed large successful health projects on health systems strengthening, policy and planning. She is currently engaged in improving women and child health in low and middle income countries, within the context of Global Financing Facility, country-led universal health coverage approaches, and strengthening primary health care systems for delivery of quality health services.
Patricia Doherty, Technical Advisor, E4A-MamaYe: Patricia is a Technical Advisor on the E4A-MamaYe programme. Patricia has experience in supporting governments and civil society to use data for decision-making, strengthening the capacity of coalitions to advocate for better investment in health services and implementing and measuring accountability for health interventions. Prior to joining Options, Patricia managed research and evaluation on media strengthening and behaviour change communications interventions, including in fragile contexts.