Agenda September 29

The 2020 Accountability Breakfast will open with a dynamic film, music and spoken word presentation based on the testimony and lived experiences of women and young people from around the world. BBC Africa’s Mercy Juma will invite all participants to light a collective flame of solidarity and commitment to greater accountability for women, children and adolescents everywhere. Gambian singer-songwriter Nazeem performs his latest song, Time for Change, written to reflect the aspirations of this event.

Time Zone

08:00 am EDT

Introduction: Welcome to the Accountability Breakfast 2020

The 2020 Accountability Breakfast will open with a dynamic film, music and spoken word presentation based on the testimony and lived experiences of women and young people from around the world. BBC Africa’s Mercy Juma will invite all participants to light a collective flame of solidarity and commitment to greater accountability for women, children and adolescents everywhere. Gambian singer-songwriter Nazeem performs his latest song, Time for Change, written to reflect the aspirations of this event.

08:15 am EDT

Women’s leadership and accountability in the COVID-19 era

COVID-19 continues to affect, directly and indirectly, the health, livelihoods and security of millions of people worldwide. Reports show that women, children and adolescents are bearing the highest burden, especially those with fewer resources and limited access to services and support. Increased violence, interrupted education, food insecurity and disrupted health services are among the many grave realities confronting women, children and adolescents every day. In this panel, the Rt Hon Helen Clark, PMNCH Board Chair and former Prime Minister of New Zealand, will moderate an interactive dialogue between leading women from governments, international organizations and civil society to exchange experiences and strategies to protect and promote the health and rights of women, children and adolescents and to mitigate its immediate and long-term effects. This session will also focus on the need for increased accountability for women, children and adolescents and actions to address inequities in order to build back better for healthier and more resilient populations.

09:15 am EDT

Evidence to action

COVID-19 has changed everything: understanding how the pandemic has affected women's, children's and adolescents’ health and well-being is essential for protecting progress. This panel, moderated by BBC journalist Mercy Juma, will discuss what the numbers show and how that evidence can guide our efforts for greater equity both during and after the current crisis. Panelists will discuss the findings of the new Every Woman Every Child (EWEC)@10 report, which provides a broad overview of 10 years of efforts for women's, children’s, and adolescents’ health, as well as the findings of the new accountability reports, Countdown to 2030 equity profiles and follow-up on commitments to the Meaningful Adolescent and Youth Engagement pledge.

10:15 am EDT

Brave Voices, Bold Action: delivering on what women, children and adolescents want during COVID-19 and beyond

The Brave Voices, Bold Action virtual women’s assembly is a community hearing-style event, bringing together women’s and girls’ accounts of their experiences, a powerhouse panel of female activists and national and global leaders committing to act in accordance with the priorities expressed by women and girls, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Assembly will present findings from the What Women Want campaign, in which over 1 million women around the world answered the question: “what do you want for your reproductive and maternal health?” in the context of the seven PMNCH Call to Action asks on COVID-19. It will explore how local, national and global leaders are, or should be, responding to women’s and adolescents’ priorities.

11:40 am EDT

Closing session

The new PMNCH 2021-2025 Strategy, developed following extensive consultation with partners, defines what PMNCH seeks to achieve over the next five years and how it will do so. This session will officially launch the Strategy, inviting partners to embrace and own it. The 10-minute session will be moderated by David Imbago, a youth leader from PMNCH, and Mercy Juma, a BBC journalist. A short animated film will remind participants about PMNCH’s origins, its timeline and key statistics that have defined it, as well as describing PMNCH’s intended strategic direction over the next 5 years. This session will be interactive and will include an audience poll. The closing session of the Accountability Breakfast focuses on the transformative power of partnership in driving action for women, children and adolescents. Highlighting the dynamic between accountable leadership and citizen-based action, this session underlines the potential that rests in the hands of all partners – governments, experts, NGOs, the media, parliamentarians, donors, the private sector, and communities themselves – to stand together to protect our progress toward the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.