Hot Topic: Rights and Choice at the International Conference on Family Planning

From November 12–15, an estimated 4,000 government officials, policymakers, program managers, researchers, academics, and youth advocates will gather in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the 3rd Annual International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP).

The theme of this year’s conference—cohosted by The Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health and Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health—is “Full Access, Full Choice,” echoing the Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) initiative’s call to ensure that rights and contraceptive choice are central to meeting the commitment made at the London Summit on Family Planning to reach an additional 120 million women with access to contraception by 2020.

The ICFP will feature numerous sessions, auxiliary events, posters, and roundtable discussions on issues related to ensuring rights and contraceptive choice, including rights-based approaches to family planning programming, quality of care, method mix expansion, the reproductive rights of adolescents and people living with HIV, rights violations, and efforts to reach the underserved. Check out our consolidated list of topical sessions below by date:

Wednesday, November 13
Thursday, November 14
Friday, November 15

Champions4Choice also invites you to submit a guest blog from the conference on how rights and choice features in your work! Submit all entries to Holly Connor at For style guidelines, click here.

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