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Self-Care Learning and Discovery Series

June 24 - August 27

Organized by White Ribbon Alliance

 Self-Care Learning and Discovery Series

June 24 – August 27, 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.


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.

Session topics are listed below. Formal titles, dates, descriptions, confirmed organizers, and registration details for each session are coming soon. 

  • Self-Care Products from Innovation to Implementation: Lessons from HIV and Family Planning
  • Self-Care and Menstrual Health 
  • Self-Care and the Digital Health Revolution
  • Self-Care and Abortion
  • National Uptake and Implementation of WHO Self-Care Guideline
  • Self-Care’s Role in Mental Health and Well-Being
  • Building a Community of Self-Care Champions
  • Monitoring and Evaluating Self-Care Initiatives 
  • Self-Care and Universal Health Coverage 
  • Policy and Legal Frameworks to Support Self-Care during COVID-19 and Beyond
  • Self-Care and Adolescents
  • The Respectful Care and Self-Care Connection
  • Self-Care, Health Literacy, and Decision-Making
  • Self-Care’s Role in Bodily Autonomy, Liberation, and Gender Transformation
  • Self-Care and Strengthening the Patient-Provider Dynamic
  • Advancing Self-Care in Humanitarian Settings

Self-Care Country Advocacy Working Group SMART Advocacy Workshop

Want to apply learnings from the series to drive advocacy for self-care in your countries? Join the Self-Care Country Advocacy Working Group. Members will have the opportunity to participate in a SMART Advocacy Workshop, running parallel to the series, to connect with fellow advocates and develop targeted, country advocacy strategies to advance self-care. Sign up to participate in this hands-on virtual workshop by the 10 June deadline. Space is limited. Please note that registration for the SMART Advocacy Workshop is separate and distinct from registration for the overall Self-Care Learning and Discovery Series. 


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.

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.

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June 24
August 27
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