The Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights participated in several events before and during the 22nd International AIDS Conference held from July 23–27, 2018 in Amsterdam. On July 21, the Commission was featured at a session during a one-day preconference hosted by International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF London), Rutgers International, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, IPPF Brussels, Aidsfonds, the World Health Organization, Dance4Life, SheDecides, UNAIDS and the Guttmacher Institute titled “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges for the Right to Decide” aimed at discussing the progress and priorities for linkages between HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The Commission-focused session during the preconference featured presentations by Luisa Orza, Technical Lead: Gender, of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance (a member organization of the Commission’s Advisory Group), and Heather Boonstra, Director of Public Policy of the Guttmacher Institute.
Next, Ms. Boonstra and Ms. Orza discussed the Commission’s report during the AIDS Confererence at an event on July 24 hosted by IPPF at the “Our Right to Decide” SRHR Networking Zone in the Global Village. The session concentrated on redefining SRHR for young people and key populations.
Finally, Ms. Boonstra—representing the Guttmacher Institute’s role on the Commission—participated in a satellite session on July 24 hosted by Girls Not Brides that focused on needed progress for advancing the health and well-being of adolescent girls and young women. Ms. Boonstra presented the Commission’s report on a panel that also featured Catherine Sozi, UNAIDS, South Africa; Peter Sands, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Melodi Tamarzians, Dutch Youth Ambassador for SRHR; L'Orangelis Thomas Negron, International Community of Women Living with HIV; MacBain Mkandawire, YONECO; and Ambassador Deborah Birx from the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.