Self-Care Learning and Discovery Series

24 June 2021 to 27 August 2021

about the series

The Self-Care Learning and Discovery Series is a highly interactive, virtual forum where participants will exchange and incubate ideas, experiences, and solutions on a variety of self-care topics. Hosted by White Ribbon Alliance (WRA) on behalf of the Self-Care Trailblazer Group (SCTG), the Self-Care Learning and Discovery Series will present new knowledge, elevate self-care solutions, forge connections across issues and geographies, and much more!

The series is open to all interested self-care stakeholders, including advocates, health providers, government representatives, implementers, journalists, community leaders, academia, product developers, feminists, youth champions, and more. There is no fee to participate. 

Session Details

The Self-Care Learning and Discovery Series includes 16 virtual sessions, organized by diverse partners from around the world, that explore a different self-care topic. Each session will feature examples and discussions of self-care evidence, advocacy, and practice through interactive panels, participatory dialogues, and more. All sessions will be available in English, French, and Spanish and will include English closed captioning. After registering for the Series as a whole, participants must register for each individual session in which they are interested in attending. Hurry as some sessions may limit the numbers of participants!

Session titles and organizers are listed below. 

The Role of Supportive Self-Care Environments in Advancing Menstrual Equity

  • WASH United
  • Days for Girls
  • MIET Africa
  • Global Menstrual Collective

Self-Care Products from Innovation to Implementation: Lessons from HIV and Family Planning

  • Bella Foundation
  • John Snow, Inc./Access Collaborative
  • Pathfinder International
  • Population Services Kenya
  • Population Council

Digital Self-Care Revolution: Lessons and Opportunities

  • Camber Collective
  • mDoc Health care
  • Pathfinder International
  • Planned Parenthood Global
  • Population Services International

Self-Managed Abortion: Dismantling the Myths, Power Dynamics and Challenges Along the Journey

  • International Planned Parenthood Federation
  • Options
  • Rutgers
  • Women on Web

National Uptake and Implementation of WHO Self-Care Guideline

  • Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria
  • Federal Ministry of Health, Pakistan
  • Society for Family Health – Nigeria
  • Australian Health Policy Collaboration
  • Population Services International

Self-Care’s Role in Mental Health and Well-Being

  • Moms Hierarchy of Needs
  • SisterLove, INC

Self-Care: Transforming Opposition to Support – The Role, Contribution and Challenges of “Self-Care Pioneers” at the Global and National Levels in Promoting Self-Care in Policy and Practice

  • Global Self-Care Federation
  • Self-Care Pioneers Group

Making Self-Care Count by Measuring What Counts

  • FHI360
  • Population Services International

Self-Care and UHC: How Self-Care Can Help Leave No One Behind

  • EngenderHealth
  • PATH
  • Society for Family Health

Policy and Legal Framework to Support Self-Care During COVID-19 and Beyond: The Role of Rights-Holders and Duty-Bearers

  • Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Imperial College London Self-Care Academic Research Unit
  • Population Reference Bureau

In Our Own Words: Re-Defining Self-Care From the Perspective of a Young Person

  • Grassroot Soccer
  • YLabs Global
  • White Ribbon Alliance Kenya
  • HCDExchange

More Love: Global Lenses on Respectful Care and Self-Care

  • Beyond Zero Zambia
  • National Birth Equity Collective
  • University of Nairobi
  • White Ribbon Alliance on behalf of the Respectful Maternity Care Council

Know Thyself: Behavioral insights into Self-Care Decision-Making and Empowerment

  • Ideas42
  • International Center for Research on Women
  • Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
  • White Ribbon Alliance Nigeria

Self-Care’s Role in Bodily Autonomy, Liberation, and Gender Transformation

  • BalanceMX
  • ProFamilia

Self-Care and Strengthening the Patient-Provider Dynamic: The Evolving Role of Healthcare Providers in Advancing Self-Care and User Autonomy for Health

  • International Confederation of Midwives
  • International Federation of Medical Students’ Association
  • Jhpiego
  • MSI Choices
  • PATH Senegal

Self-Care Everywhere: Innovative Approaches to Achieving Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Humanitarian and Fragile Settings

  • International Rescue Committee on behalf of the Inter-Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises
  • Vitala Global Foundation

Self-Care Country Advocacy Working Group SMART Advocacy Workshop

Are you an advocate who wants to use your experience and skills to strengthen the policy environment for self-care in your country? Then the Self-Care Country Advocacy Working Group (CAWG) is for you!

Join Advance Family Planning (AFP), the Reproductive Health Supplies Coaltion (RHSC) and WRA for a Self-Care SMART Advocacy Workshop open to members of the SCTG Country Advocacy Working Group and other interested advocates. Running parallel to and beyond the Self-Care Learning and Discovery Series, the SMART Advocacy Workshop gives participants an opportunity to connect with fellow advocates and use learnings from the series to develop targeted, country advocacy strategies to advance self-care. Using the AFP SMART approach, participants will identify policy and/or funding changes that are critical to advancing self-care in any setting—including adaption, adoption, and implementation of all or most relevant parts of the WHO Consolidated Guideline on Self-Care Interventions for Health: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights—and will develop a corresponding advocacy plan.  

This will include:

The Advocacy Workshop consists of four virtual, hands-on sessions, which will serve as the CAWG meetings for 2021. This workshop will be held in English with simultaneous French translation; Spanish to be confirmed. The tentative schedule for the virtual workshop is as follows:  

  • 24 June 2021, 8:00-10:30am EDT / 3:00-5:30pm EAT
  • TBD July
  • TBD late August/early September
  • TBD November

The Self-Care SMART Advocacy Workshop and CAWG are designed for participants with prior experience conducting advocacy. Registration has closed. Please reach out to for inquiries.


White Ribbon Alliance (WRA) mobilizes and amplifies community voices, especially those of women and girls, to create demand and accelerate progress for sexual, reproductive, maternal, and newborn health and rights and gender equality at all levels.  Through our extensive network of Alliances and partners around the world, WRA influences policies, programs, and practices, harnesses resources, enhances accountability, and inspires action.

The Self-Care Trailblazer Group (SCTG) is a global coalition of partners dedicated to expanding the safe and effective practice of self-care so that individuals can better manage their own health, health outcomes are improved, and health systems are better equipped to achieve universal health coverage. In 2021, the SCTG is supporting the adoption and implementation of the World Health Organization (WHO) Consolidated Guideline for Self-Care Interventions for Health as well as supporting the wider community in advancing self-care at the global, regional, national, and local levels.

Over 50 Self-Care Trailblazer Group Members came together to make the Self-Care Learning and Discovery Series possible. The SCTG is comprised of a diverse set of institutional and individual members working to advance the practice of self-care to improve health around the globe. Members include representatives of multilateral and bilateral organizations, private foundations, governments, civil society, intergovernmental-governmental and non-governmental organizations, advocacy groups, research and academic institutions, and the private sector. We thank all SCTG members who supported the organization of this series.

Advance Family Planning (AFP) is an initiative consisting of partner organizations worldwide that advances family planning through evidence-based advocacy. Housed at the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health within the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, AFP helps to achieve the global goal of expanding access to quality contraceptive information, services, and supplies. AFP is leading the design and execution of the Country Advocacy Working Group Self-Care SMART Advocacy Workshop running alongside the Self-Care Learning and Discovery Series.

TechChange is a digital events firm that will provide the innovative technology platform and world-class support team to meet everyone’s needs for the Self-Care Learning and Discovery Series. TechChange will support the smooth functioning of all 16 virtual sessions throughout the Series, provide live translation, oversee registration, and provide hands-on support for session organizers.


We thank members of the Self-Care Learning and Discovery Series Steering committee:

  • Sandy Garçon, Senior Manager, Advocacy, PSI
  • Stephanie Kim, Associate Manager, Advocacy and Communications, PSI
  • Kasey Henderson, Senior Associate Communications Manager, PSI
  • Kristy Kade, Deputy Director, White Ribbon Alliance
  • Kim Whipkey, Advocacy and Communications Manager, White Ribbon Alliance
  • Amanda Livingstone, Senior Advocacy Officer, White Ribbon Alliance
  • Sarah Onyango, Senior Technical Advisor, Self-Care, PSI
  • Andrea Cutherell, Self-Care Consultant, PSI
  • Katie Gray, Policy & Advocacy Officer, Access Collaborative, PATH
  • Megan Christofield, Technical Advisor, Family Planning & Self-Care and Project Director, Expanding Family Planning Choices, Jhpiego
  • Liz Bayer, Program Officer II, Advance Family Planning



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.