October 30th – November 17th 2023
The Self-Care Learning and Discovery Series returns 30 October – 17 November as an exciting virtual mini-conference! Get ready for the latest self-care innovations, insights, and experiences!
The premier self-care event of the year that invites stakeholders to share new knowledge, elevate self-care solutions, and forge connections across issues and geographies. This year’s series will feature approximately 15-18 highly interactive, 90-minute virtual sessions that cut across self-care hot topics in research, programming, and advocacy. White Ribbon Alliance (WRA) is pleased to organize the series on behalf of the Self-Care Trailblazer Group (SCTG) and in partnership with leading SCTG member organizations and champions.
The series is open to all interested self-care stakeholders, including researchers, implementers, advocates, health providers, government officials, journalists, community leaders, academia, product developers, private sector representatives, feminists, youth champions, and more. There is no fee to participate, and everyone is welcome.
The 2023 Self-Care Learning and Discovery Series will feature sessions under five priority themes to inspire and guide session development. Below each theme are illustrative examples of abstract/session topics. Themes and descriptions are not exhaustive and may overlap.
- Evidence-based self-care products and practices that are new or emerging
- Digital technology to promote self-care quality, access, and uptake
- Private sector engagement or marketing shaping approaches for self-care
- Task shifting and community-based delivery of self-care
- Role of self-care in advancing primary healthcare and universal health coverage
- Self-care technical competency and skills among users and health providers
- Approaches for fostering self-care health literacy, including accurate and understandable information
- Person-centered, respectful, rights-based self-care
- Integrating self-care into health systems, including linking self-care users with the health system
- Supporting health workers to promote and provide self-care interventions among clients
- Incorporating self-care into national health information systems or routine surveys
- Ensuring commodity security for self-care products, including for last mile distribution
- Financing of self-care, including examples of what financing and governance looks like when self-care is integrated into the health system
- Securing legal, policy, regulatory, social protection, and/or financing changes to advance self-care at the global, national, or sub-national levels
- Country experience adapting, adopting, and implementing National Self-Care Guidelines
- Approaches for mobilizing communities, addressing stigma and opposition, building champions, and promoting accountability for self-care
- Strategies for leaving no one behind (adolescents and young people, women and girls, LGBTQIA+, racial/ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, refugees and migrants, indigenous people, and more)
- Multisectoral interventions to enable self-care
- Innovative or effective models for initiating and expanding access to self-care interventions in humanitarian and fragile settings
- Promising approaches for overcoming challenges for integrating self-care in humanitarian and fragile health systems, including supply chain, financing, and health workforce
- Measuring and evaluating self-care interventions in humanitarian settings – challenges and opportunities
- Examples of collaboration across the humanitarian and development/self-care nexus
Sessions will be selected by a team of reviewers that include Self-Care Learning and Discovery Series Steering Committee members as well as volunteers with expertise in self-care research, self-care programming, and/or self-care advocacy. Each proposal will undergo a comprehensive review by multiple reviewers, with an eye for alignment with overall themes; clarity; innovative and novel ideas; and diversity.
Virtual sessions will be held every Wednesday and Thursday from October 30th – November 17th, with up to two sessions held concurrently. Once the Self-Care Learning and Discovery Series schedule is released, participants will be encouraged to register for all individual, specific sessions that interest them. Be sure to sign up for SCTG’s Newsletter to receive updates and get notified as soon as sessions are announced!
We thank members of the Self-Care Learning and Discovery Series Steering committee:
- Adewole Adefalu, John Snow, Inc
- Christy Asala, Independent Consultant
- Kimberly Whipkey, White Ribbon Alliance
- Sandy Garçon, Population Services International/Self-Care Trailblazer Group
- Aïssata Fall, Population Reference Bureau
- Claire Rothschild, Population Services International/Self-Care Trailblazer Group
- Liz Bayer, Independent Consultant
- Sarah Onyango, Population Services International/Self-Care Trailblazer Group
- Andrea Cutherell, Impact for Health
- Gilda Sedgh, Independent Consultant
- Molly Browning, White Ribbon Alliance
- Saumya RamaRao, Independent Consultant
- Babamole Olanrewaju, National Youth Network on HIV/AIDS, Population and Development
- Harjyot Khosa, International Planned Parenthood Federation South Asia Regional Office
- Nathaly Spilotros, Rescue Committee
- Bonnie Keith, PATH
- Jaitra Sathyandran, Impact for Health
- Pritha Biswas, Pathfinder International
Code of Conduct
We invite you to attend this virtual series in a spirit of curiosity, friendliness, open-mindedness, and respect. During the series, we will not tolerate harassment in any form. You will be asked not to participate. We also ask that you respect confidentiality and privacy requests by session organizers and speakers.