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Press release from Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark will hold the She Decides conference in Brussels on 2 March 2017


Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate Isabella Lövin, together with the development cooperation ministers of Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark, is to convene an international conference entitled She Decides on 2 March in Brussels.

"She Decides is taking a stand for women's rights, in particular their obvious right to decide over their own bodies. We will mobilise political and financial support and show that there is a counterweight to the worrying developments we are seeing in the US and in other parts of the world," says Ms Lövin.

The conference will mobilise political impetus and financial support for organisations realising sexual and reproductive health and rights for millions of women and girls throughout the world. This includes providing access to counselling, evidence-based information and sex and relationship education, contraception, maternity care and safe abortions.

Government representatives from some 50 countries around the world will be invited to the conference, along with intergovernmental organisations, civil society and private actors. Participants will talk about practical efforts for women's health and rights, including access to safe abortions. Women and girls will bear witness to the crucial impact this has had on their lives.

Sweden is co-organising the conference to contribute to a global partnership on these issues of gender equality and rights.

Sweden welcomes additional support for the She Decides initiative via


Annika Flensburg
Press Secretary to Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister
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