WABA/UNICEF Stockholm Symposium
Contemporary solutions to an age-old challenge: Breastfeeding and work
26-28th September 2015
Day 1 – Saturday, 26th September 2015
Welcome address from Organisers and conference themes
WABA Chairperson (10 mins)
Introduction by WABA (10 mins)
Introduction by UNICEF (10 mins)
Dr. Felicity Savage
Jay Sharma, Co-Executive Director
Maaike Arts, Nutrition specialist, UNICEF
Speech by Sida (10 mins)
Mrs. Marie Ottosson, Assistant Director General, Sida
Video message (10 mins)
Dato (Dr.) Anwar Fazal, Chairperson Emeritus, WABA
Video messages (10 mins)
Mr. Werner Schultink, Chief of Nutrition, UNICEF
Alexandra Yuster, Chief of Social Inclusion and Policy, UNICEF
Concepts in breastfeeding and work (15 mins)
Dr. Amal Omer-Salim, Co-Executive Director, WABA
Programme introduction (15mins)
Dr. Amal Omer-Salim, WABA
WBW -24 years in 2015 (15 mins)
Jennifer Mourin, WABA
Master of ceremonies (MC) introduction
Swedish Folk music
Theatre group Da Capo
Satnam Kaur, WABA
Day 2 – Sunday, 27th September 2015
Registration continued and practical information from MC
Panel Discussion 1
5 minute intro - MC
Economics and financing
UNICEF, Maaike Arts
WABA, Jay Sharma
To identify the practical challenges regarding financing of maternity protection, explore different financing mechanisms and identify ways of replicating these.
Dr. Larry Grummer-Strawn, WHO- Linking IYCF and other health recommendations to relevant UN/ILO conventions/the need to harmonise policies (10 mins).
Dr. Julie Smith, Australia Centre of Research- Conceptualising the combination of work and breastfeeding/time studies (10 mins).
Dr. JP Dadhich, IBFAN Asia - The global situation on maternity protection using the WBTi tool (10 mins).
Mai Duc Thien, Ministry of Labor & Social Welfare, Vietnam- Vietnam experiences of moving towards increased maternity/parental leave and financing mechanisms. Opportunities and challenges at national level (10 mins).
Dr. Khon Naryth, OSHA, Cambodia- Cambodia experiences of moving towards increased maternity/parental leave and financing mechanisms. Opportunities and challenges at national level (10 mins).
Dr. Mette Ness Hansen, Oslo University Hospital, Norway- Norway experiences of moving towards increased maternity/parental leave and financing mechanisms. Opportunities and challenges at national level (10 mins).
Nor Kamariah Mohamed Alwi- MBFPCA, Peer Counsellors, (Malaysia/Asia) perspectives on combining work and breastfeeding. Challenges faced.
Panel Discussion 2
5 minute intro - MC
A gender equitable maternity protection
WABA, Amal Omer-Salim
FHI, Neemat Hajeebhoy
To identify the challenges of gender equitable maternity/parental protection, explore the role of men/fathers in supporting breastfeeding mothers, and identify strategies to promote family-friendly workplaces
Wendy Al Rubaie, Consultant, UAE-What does gender equity mean in the UAE? How has the UAE addressed it in the context of maternity/paternity/parental protection? What challenges still exist? (10 mins)
Dr. Kristin Svensson, Karolinska Institute, Sweden- What does gender equity mean in Sweden? How has Sweden addressed it in the context of maternity/paternity/parental protection? What challenges still exist? (10 mins)
Natko Gereš, Men Care-What role do men have in SRHR and childcare? What are the lessons learned by involving men in this area? What are the challenges in various contexts? (10 mins)
Dr. Arijit Nandi, Mc Gill University, Canada- Impact of MP/parental policies on breastfeeding and Public Health (10 mins).
Laura Adatti, ILO - ILO perspectives on maternity and paternity at work. Opportunities and challenges at country level in implementing the ILO Conventions (10 mins).
Dr. Miriam Labbok, WABA- Impact of BF on health and wellbeing at various levels. The importance of the circles of support for breastfeeding in the context of women’s work. The challenges that remain for BF rates to increase (10 mins).
Serena de Bonnett, ICM- Feminist perspectives on women’s multiple roles, including breastfeeding. Opportunities and challenges for integrating breastfeeding into the women’s agenda.
Anouk Jolin, Amnningshjälpen, Sweden- Prenatal and postnatal parents perspectives.
Adrianna Logalbo, 1,000 days - Working with groups in US fighting for paid maternity leave.
Viana Maza and Mimi Maza, LAC, WABA - Latin American perspectives on women, work and breastfeeding.
Panel Discussion 3
5 minute intro - MC
Expanding the scope of maternity/paternity protection/support for the Informal economy
Moderator: WABA, Sarah Amin
WABA, Belinda Calaguas
To identify the practical challenges of reaching the informal economy workers with breastfeeding support and identify creative solutions
Gloria Ndekia, KEPSA, Kenya- Experiences and challenges of informal economy workers. Needs and organising structures (10 mins).
Dr. Leena Hannula, Helsinki Metropolia University, Finland- Reaching multi-diverse populations with health and social services. A Nordic perspective (10 mins).
Emmeline L Verzosa, Phillipines Women Commission - Ways of working with informal economy workers. Needs and challenges. Examples of specific SRHR/childcare/breastfeeding programs (10 mins).
Laura Kiege, UNICEF Kenya - Opportunities for working with the informal economy for maternity protection- UN programs at national level (10 mins).
Dr. Rukhsana Haider, WABA - Peer counselling approach to supporting breastfeeding in the communities: a case of garment factory workers in Bangladesh. Opportunities and challenges (10 mins).
Biplabi Sharesta, ARROW - Innovation in approaches to informal economy workers. Opportunities and challenges (10 mins).
5 minute Intro - MC
To identify the next steps in the respective topics areas (what/how/who)
Next actions (what/how/who)?
Identify actions at
End of Day 2
Day 3 – Monday, 28th September 2015
Reporting back from break-out groups (respective break-out session facilitators)
Richard Bennett and Sarah Amin
To share the three main action recommendations from each group and discuss cross-cutting issues
Defining a Campaign: A Century of MP: 1919-2019
Belinda Calaguas/ Jennifer Mourin
To identify a) the main (3) elements of the campaign and b) process for involvement of new partners and c) direct next steps
for each element of the campaign:
Panel discussants: to comment briefly on the proposed actions from Plenary 1
Dr. JP Dadhich, IBFAN Asia (BF perspective, national and regional, WBTi and WBCi)
Natko Geres, MenCare (gender, engaging men, global)
Emmeline Zervosa, PWC (gender, informal sector, govt perspective)
Neemat Hajeebhoy, FHI (regional, program delivery, partnerships)
Nor Kamariah, MBFPCA (BF mothers/parents perspective, Peer counselling, national CSO)
Dr. Larry Grummer- Strawn, WHO
Laura Adatti, ILO
Maaike Arts, UNICEF
Dr. Miriam Labbok, WABA
Stockholm Framework for Action/Declaration
WABA, Jay Sharma/
Amal Omer-Salim/ UNICEF, Maaike Arts
To reach consensus on the need to accelerate action on maternity and paternity at work without compromising breastfeeding, health, job security and gender equity.
Gain commitment to the core IYCF international documents from new partners
Identify the main 3 elements of the campaign - A century of MP
Amal Omer -Salim and
Anne Batterjee, WABA
End of Symposium/departures