Invitation to UNFPA Seminar on 25 October: SRHRincrisis

Join a discussion with experts from the field

How do we ensure the protection of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women and girls in the ongoing humanitarian situation in Yemen and Iraq?

In Yemen, millions of people continue to face a triple tragedy from the spectre of famine, the world’s largest ever single-year cholera outbreak due to a man-made conflict that erupted in March 2015. In Iraq, the retaking of Mosul resulted in a displacement of >900,000 bringing the total of internally displaced people to 3.2 million with close to 7 million in need of humanitarian assistance.

The population displacement, the lack of adequate health professionals and structural damage to facilities have put significant strain on existing social services, including reproductive health services in Yemen and Iraq. UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund is working to provide reproductive health services, equipment and medication to women and girls, and to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, which is highly prevalent.

UNFPA invites you to a discussion about SRHR in humanitarian settings together with the UNFPA Country Representative in Yemen, Anjali Sen, UNFPA Country Representative in Iraq, Ramanathan Balakrishnan, and UNFPA Regional Partnership Adviser, Arab States, Sherin SaadAllah.



Introductory Remarks, Ms. Pernille Fenger, Chief UNFPA Nordic Office, Copenhagen
The Overall Humanitarian Context in the MENA Region, Sherin SaadAllah, UNFPA Regional Partnership Adviser, Arab States
The Perspective from Yemen, Anjali Sen, UNFPA Representative
The Perspective from Iraq, Ramanathan Balakrishnan, UNFPA Representative
Questions and Answers


Anjali Sen, Country Representative, UNFPA Yemen. Ms. Sen brings with her nearly 30 years of experience in the development and government sector. Prior to joining UNFPA, Ms. Sen, worked as Regional Director at the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) for the South Asia, and held a number of senior positions in the Indian government.

Ramanathan Balakrishnan, Country Representative, UNFPA Iraq. Mr. Balakrishnan has more than 20 years of experience in rural development and multilateral cooperation, e.g. as Deputy Regional Director for UN Women Asia-Pacific (2012-2015), and Resident Representative, UNDP in Libya (2007-2012).

Sherin SaadAllah, Senior Resource Mobilization and Partnership Adviser, UNFPA Arab States. Ms. SaadAllah joined UNFPA in 2005, and has held several positions within the organisation, incl. as Senior Desk Adviser for Arab States and Special Assistant to the Executive Director at Headquarters. Ms. SaadAllah has i.a. served as a diplomat within the Egyptian Foreign Service.

Pernille Fenger, Chief, UNFPA Nordic Office. Ms. Fenger has 27 years of experience working in the field of development for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danish Ministry of Environment, ILO, and the International Institute for Sustainable Development.


Kindly register your participation on Eventbrite no later than 22 October.

Please note that registration for visitors from outside of the UN City is mandatory in order to pass through a security check point. Remember to bring a valid photo identification.

For more information contact Patricia Grundberg; / +45 4533 7303