Progressing Australia’s policies and plans for mothers and babies in disasters and pandemics: experiences from high- and middle-income countries

Presenter/s: ANU Crawford School of Public Policy; Tax and Transfer Policy Institute; ANU Gender Institute

Event type: Webinar

Event date: Monday, 4 May 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Event venue: Zoom

Women and girls are suffering even more egregious violations of their human rights during emergencies and the the COVID-19 pandemic, according to UN experts. Despite global health guidance emphasising that breastfeeding should be encouraged and supported, the human rights of women and children are being violated through proliferation of maternity care barriers to breastfeeding, including separation of newborns from mothers.

In times of crisis and emergency, including COVID-19, the implementation of the WHO/UNICEF Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding and the Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies Operational Guidance (OG-IFE) is more important than ever, but it is hindered by lack of investment in breastfeeding policies and plans nationally and at the local level.

This webinar aims to galvanise efforts to improve breastfeeding policies and funding in national budgets, by applying gender budgeting and World Breastfeeding Trends initiative (WBTi) tools. Our webinar on 20 April took a global perspective on gender and emergency management and breastfeeding emergency and pandemic preparedness and response planning, at the same time provided insights on the recent Australian experience.

Brought to you by the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute and the ANU Gender Institute

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