#ICFPLive Crowdblog: Wednesday Plenary - Achieving Equity through Women in Leadership


  1. As more women assume leadership roles within their communities, organizations, nations and beyond, strides are made towards greater gender equality among the decision-makers and influential leaders of the world. At the same time, female leadership often galvanizes equity advancements in other areas. In the case of family planning equity, women in leadership positions can have a profound impact on achieving the vision of “Full Access, Full Choice” regardless of status, location or circumstance. Female leaders can become powerful advocates for women and girls in the developing world, ensuring they have the same access to and choice of life-saving services and commodities as those in the developed world. This plenary featured distinguished female leaders who discussed the impact of powerful women on equity worldwide.
  2. Melinda Gates

    Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  3. Family Planning is back on the global agenda
  4. Youth need to be supported in shaping their own future
  5. Our goal is bold but it is achievable 
  6. Her Excellency Roman Tesfaye

    First Lady of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  7. Family Planning is key to improving the lives of women

  8. Professor Marleen Temmerman hosted a conversation on the impact of powerful women on equity worldwide 

    Panelists include:

    Professor Marleen Temmerman - Director of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research and of HRP at the World Health Organization
    Ms. Carol S. Larson - President and Chief Executive Officer of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation 
    The Honorable Dr. Janette L. Garin - Under Secretary for Women, Children and Family Health in the Department of Health for the Republic of the Philippines
    Ms. Ellen H. Starbird - Director of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health at USAID
    Ms. Theo Sowa - Chief Executive Officer of the African Women Development Fund