01 March 2018

EuroNGOs Members to celebrate the She Decides Day

On 2 March 2017, SheDecides officially launched its movement with a conference in Brussels. EuroNGOs was there to support this exciting movement by organizing a pre-event and gathering signatures from 234 organisations in support of the She Decides initiative. This year, on the same date, different types of events will take place around the world to mark this important anniversary. See how EuroNGOs members celebrate the She Decides anniversary and highlight through different events that only she should decide about her body! Follow the EuroNGOs social media on 2 March to join our online action and campaigns organised by our members!


IPPF EN - speaking at the EC event / Countdown 2030 Europe – launch of briefing paper 

Location: External Cooperation InfoPoint, Brussels

Date: 2 March

More details are available here

The European Commission organizes an Infopoint Lunchtime conference: SheDecides Day 2018 to highlight both the Spotlight Initiative and SheDecides in a broader context of women's empowerment movements around the globe. During the event, input will be provided by Jean-Louis Ville (Acting Director for Human Development and Migration, DEVCO B – People and Peace), HE Sofie From-Emmesberger (Ambassador to the Political and Security Committee (PSC), Finland and SheDecides leading Champion), Sietske Steneker (Director of the Brussels Office, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)) and Aurore Guieu (Advocacy Advisor, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)- European Network). 

Countdown 2030 Europe furthermore analyzed what European donor governments have committed to support the She Decides movement. You can review the results in this briefing paper and share it among your networks! 


Rutgers - event to raise the interest and solidarity of young people for the SheDecides movement

Location: Pakhuis de Zwijger Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Date: 2 March  

More details are available here and Facebook event can be found here

To mark the first SheDecides Day, SheDecides Champion Rutgers is organising a debate in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In the spirit of standing up and speaking out, this event aims to raise the interest and solidarity of young Dutch people for the SheDecides movement.

The debate will start with an overview of Dutch history from the perspective of strong women who struggled during the 60’s and 70’s for the right to decide freely and for themselves whether, when and how many children they have. They have paved the path for Dutch women and girls today who have easy access to contraception and other reproductive health services. Rutgers and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs will join the debate, sharing their stories and efforts in the field of reproductive health services. Young Dutch feminists will talk about the difficulties they face in their daily lives and how they feel connected with women worldwide who are hit by the effects of the Global Gag Rule. The participants will explore the following key questions: how can they continue to stand up and speaking out for the rights of women to have control over their own bodies, and how can everybody continue to unlock the resources she needs to decide? 


Sensoa - event in the federal parliament on SRHR in emergencies

Venue: Belgian Federal Parliament

Date: 8 March

More details can be found here (don’t forget to register before 2 March)

On 8 March, International Women’s Day, the Parliamentarians for the 2030 Agenda (whose secretariat is hosted by Sensoa) will hold a lunch seminar, as a She Decides' anniversary event in the federal parliament, Brussels. The speakers include: Dr. Lina Abirafeh, Director Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World at the Lebanese American University in Beirut and ‘She Decides Champion’; Catherine Giboin, Vice President Médecins du Monde France (EuroNGOs member organisation), Sabien Lahaye-Battheu, MP, Vice President ‘Parliamentarians for the 2030 Agenda and etra De Sutter, Senator. 


Share-Net Netherlands – social media campaign

Celebrate #SheDecidesDay by participating in the Share-Net Netherlands one week online campaign! Starting from 2 March on SheDecides Day through 8 March, International Women’s Day. All Share-Net members are invited to write stories, blogs, articles, videos, infographics and more about the impact SheDecides has (had) on their work; how they were able to make SheDecides work for their programmes; and how they are using or can use this worldwide movement SheDecides.

The Share-Net Secretariat will coordinate the sharing of your stories related to SheDecides on Share-Nets social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn). 

On 8 March, the Secretariat will send out a very special issue of the Share-Net Newsletter, putting together all the stories shared by the members.

The campaign aims to draw attention to SheDecides, the global movement to promote, provide, protect and enhance the fundamental rights of every girl and woman.

Find more information, click here and subscribe to our Newsletter here


YouAct – social media campaign 

YouAct is organizing a social media campaign together with its members to mark the SheDecides Day in relation to the Repeal the 8th campaign. We have decided to dedicate our actions on this day to the women of Ireland and share our support for their continuous fight for their right to decide what to do with their bodies. 

Watch these spaces on 2 March and support the campaign: website, twitter, facebook