ICM Representation at United Nations General Assembly 2017
Representation of ICM at the many different side events during the United Nations General Assembly 2017 (UNGA) was no small task and at the same time inspiring and extremely useful. The number of parallel side events were vast and midwives and midwifery have the potential to impact most of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's). Planning and prioritising where ICM was best positioned to advocate for the strategic role of midwives in improving the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) of women and their newborns was therefore key during UNGA.
From L-R: Johan Vos (CE FIGO), Franka Cadée (ICM President), Sally Pairman (CE ICM) and Chittaranjan Purandare (FIGO President)
ICM was represented by a team which comprised of- Franka Cadée (President), Joyce Hyatt and Vicky Hedley (the two UN representatives chosen during the council meeting in Toronto ) and from ICM Head Office by Sally Pairman (CE) and Scarlett Hawkins (Advocacy and Operations Manager). Together we managed to attend events organised by important ICM stakeholders and partners and had many one to one discussions about collaboration with representatives from UNFPA, PMNCH (Every Woman Every Child), Johnson & Johnson, Women Deliver, Laerdal, Elma Philanthropies, Speak up Africa, The Population Council, Jhpiego, FIGO, SheDecides, FP2020, to mention but a few.
Our Inaugural Goodwill Ambassador Her Exellency Toyin Saraki spoke with passion for midwifery on every possible opportunity. The Director General of WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom gave his personal commitment to attend our next ICM congress in Bali 2020. Immediately following UNGA Franka Cadée took part in a Webinar on Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) organised by Evidence2Action.
ICM Team at the UNGA 2017 L - R: Vicky Hedley (ICM UN Representative), Franka Cadée (ICM President), Joyce Hyatt (ICM UN Representative) and Sally Pairman (ICM CE)
Key message: Midwives are recognised worldwide for their crucial role in providing respectful and safe care for (pregnant) women and their newborns. Our partners are eager and supportive to see midwives take their role in society to make positive change happen. ICM is excited to step up to this call.