In November 2019 Colette attended the Nairobi Summit of the 25th International Conference on Population and Development. She attended as a delegate of the European Parliamentary Forum.
From 12-14 November 2019, the governments of Kenya and Denmark and UNFPA co-convened the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, which was centered around committing to achieve:
- zero unmet need for family planning information and services;
- zero preventable maternal deaths; and
- zero sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices against women and girls.
The Summit brought together: heads of state, ministers, parliamentarians, thought-leaders, technical experts, civil society organizations, grassroots organizations, young people, business and community leaders, faith-based organizations, indigenous peoples, international financial institutions, people with disabilities, academics and many others interested in the pursuit of sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Colette is committed to achieving these in Ireland, particularly universal sexual and reproductive health and rights which includes access to contraception. Contraception is fundamental to women’s exercise of their sexual and reproductive health and rights, and our governments commitments to universal access to contraception should be rights based rather than economic.
At the conference, Colette met and listened to women from across the world. There is a global community committed to upholding sexual and reproductive health and ending gender-based violence, which Colette is proud to be a member of. She is committed to acting in solidarity with women struggling to access full sexual and reproductive health and rights, and make common cause with Parliamentarians and others fighting for these in difficult circumstances, as Ireland was not so long ago.