Sarah Costa

Reproductive health in a changing humanitarian climate

Sarah Costa of the Women Refugee Commission will discuss barrier to gender equality, sexuality and reproductive health. Join live on 21st February 2019 at 5:00 pm CET / 4:00 pm GMT from Brussels. Watch live at and ask questions using #KAPTalks hashtag via Twitter.

Thursday 21.02.2019

When: 21st February 2019 at 5:00 pm CET / 4:00 pm GMT (check time around the world).

Where: U-Residence, VUB, Brussels

You can join the lecture by:

  • coming to the event in Brussels (registration required click here)
  • following livestreaming from the event at
  • asking your questions to Sarah Costa via Twitter using #KAPTalks hashtag

More than 68.5 million people are currently displaced by conflict or crises. Approximately 25 percent of them are women and adolescent girls of reproductive age. Humanitarian crises result in enormous risks to women and girls, including rape, assault, intimate partner violence, early and forced marriage, and trafficking. Access to sexual and reproductive health services is a critical and life-saving component of humanitarian response, yet the full range of these services may be unavailable or severely limited. This lecture will describe steps the international community has taken over the past 30 years to protect displaced women and girls, including improved access to reproductive health from the early days of an emergency, and will examine key strategies for moving forward.

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Sarah Costa is the Executive Director of the Women's Refugee Commission (WRC), a leading global organization advocating for the rights and protection of women, children, and youth displaced by conflict and crisis. Under Sarah’s leadership, WRC has expanded its ability to ensure refugees’ right to sexual and reproductive health care, to safety from gender-based violence, and to economic and social empowerment. Before joining WRC in 2010, Sarah served as regional director of the Global Fund for Women, a grant-making organization that supports women's rights organizations working on economic security, health, education, and leadership. Previously, she was a program officer for the Ford Foundation in Brazil and New York, developing and managing international and national programs on gender, sexuality, reproductive health, women's rights, HIV/AIDS, and health policy.