WABA/UNICEF Stockholm Symposium

Contemporary solutions to an age-old challenge: Breastfeeding and work

26-28th September 2015

Final Programme

Day 1 – Saturday, 26th  September 2015

12.00-17.00

Registration

17.30-18.00

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

18.00-18.10

Keynote address

Speech by Sida (10 mins)

Mrs. Marie Ottosson, Assistant Director General, Sida

18.10-18.20

Video message (10 mins)

Dato (Dr.) Anwar Fazal, Chairperson Emeritus, WABA

18.20-18.30

Video messages (10 mins)

Mr. Werner Schultink, Chief of Nutrition, UNICEF

Alexandra Yuster, Chief of Social Inclusion and Policy, UNICEF

18.30-18.45

Conference themes

Concepts in breastfeeding and work (15 mins)

Dr. Amal Omer-Salim, Co-Executive Director, WABA

18.45-19.00

Programme introduction (15mins)

Dr. Amal Omer-Salim, WABA

19.00-19.15

WBW -24 years in 2015 (15 mins)

Jennifer Mourin, WABA

19.30-21.30

Welcome dinner

Master of ceremonies (MC) introduction

Swedish Folk music

Theatre group Da Capo

Satnam Kaur, WABA

Day 2 – Sunday, 27th September 2015

08.30

Registration continued and practical information from MC

09.00

Panel Discussion 1

5 minute intro - MC

Economics and financing

Moderator:

UNICEF, Maaike Arts

Co-Facilitator:

WABA, Jay Sharma

Objective:

To identify the practical challenges regarding financing of maternity protection, explore different financing mechanisms and identify ways of replicating these.

Key Questions:

  • What is the real issue?
  • What can be done?

Panellists/resource persons:

Speakers:

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).

Discussants:

Nor Kamariah Mohamed Alwi- MBFPCA, Peer Counsellors, (Malaysia/Asia) perspectives on combining work and breastfeeding. Challenges faced.

11.00

Tea/Coffee break

11.30

Panel Discussion 2

5 minute intro - MC

A gender equitable maternity protection

Moderator:

WABA, Amal Omer-Salim

Co-Facilitator:

FHI, Neemat Hajeebhoy

Objective:

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

Key Questions:

  • What is the real issue?
  • What can be done?

Panellists/resource persons:

Speakers:

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).

Discussants:

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.

13.00

Lunch break

14.00

Panel Discussion 3

5 minute intro - MC

Expanding the scope of maternity/paternity protection/support for the Informal economy

Moderator: WABA, Sarah Amin

Co-Facilitator: 

WABA, Belinda Calaguas

Objective:

To identify the practical challenges of reaching the informal economy workers with breastfeeding support and identify creative solutions

Key Questions:

  • What is the real issue?
  • What can be done?

Panellists/resource persons:

Speakers:

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).

15.30

Tea/Coffee break

16.00

Break-out groups

5 minute Intro - MC

  1. Economics and financing
  2. Gender equity
  3. Informal sector

Facilitators:

  1. Jay Sharma/ Maaike Arts
  2. Neemat Hajeebhoy/     Amal Omer-Salim
  3. Belinda Calaguas/ Sarah Amin

Objective:

To identify the next steps in the respective topics areas (what/how/who)

Key question:

Next actions (what/how/who)?

Identify actions at

  1. National legislation level
  2. Workplace/institutional level
  3. Attitudinal/societal norms level

17.30

End of Day 2

Day 3 – Monday, 28th  September 2015

09.00

Break-out groups

Continued discussion

10.30

Tea/Coffee break

11.00

Plenary 1

Reporting back from break-out groups (respective break-out session facilitators)

Facilitators:

Richard Bennett and Sarah Amin

Objective:

To share the three main action recommendations from each group and discuss cross-cutting issues

13.00

Lunch break

14.00

Panel 4

Q&A

Defining a Campaign: A Century of MP: 1919-2019

Moderators:

Belinda Calaguas/ Jennifer Mourin

Objective:

To identify a) the main (3) elements of the campaign and  b) process for involvement of new partners and c) direct next steps

Key questions:

for each element of the campaign:

  • Objective
  • Milestones
  • Theory of change
  • Obstacles and solutions
  • Partnerships

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

15.30

Tea/Coffee break

16.00

Plenary 2

Stockholm Framework for Action/Declaration

Facilitators:

WABA, Jay Sharma/

Amal Omer-Salim/ UNICEF, Maaike Arts

Objective:

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

17.00

Closing remarks

Amal Omer -Salim and

Anne Batterjee, WABA

17.30

End of Symposium/departures