Date(s) - 16/04/2021
8:30 am - 9:45 am


A dialogue between faith and secular actors tackling taboos and promoting Comprehensive Sexuality Education to meet zero maternal deaths, zero unmet need for family planning and zero gender-based violence.

Faith-based actors, as trusted voices within communities, have a responsibility to promote each person’s inherent dignity and right, while also promoting rigorous analysis of the impact of religious and customary systems on issues, including population, food security, nutrition, and sustainable development.

In this Side Event, expert speakers will share strategies for overcoming existing taboos and resistance in addressing comprehensive sexuality education. Bringing together gender advocates from Africa and Latin America, who are striving to change social norms, tackle intersecting inequalities, and promote Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.

Each speaker will focus on how the Commission can contribute to achieving zero maternal deaths, zero unmet need for family planning and zero gender-based violence by 2030.


Maria del Pilar Cancelo, Executive Director, SEDI Asociacion Civil

Dr. Paul Z. Mmbando, Medical Doctor, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania

Jill Anami, SRHR Program Officer, The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET)

Jantiku Ijasini Jamare, Pastor and Co-Chair Youth Community of Practice, ACT Alliance

Susana Medina Salas, Senior Research and Evaluation Officer, IPPFWHR

Maria Tororey, SRHR Lead, Faith to Action Network

Read the Concept Note

54th Session of the UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD) Side Event with English – Spanish Interpretation

Organizers: ACT Alliance, FEMNET, Faith to Action Network and IPPFWHR.