Upcoming FIGO Global Webinars

27th August:

Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

This webinar will address how women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights have been affected during the current coronavirus pandemic. Speakers will highlight threats to SRHR, and possible solutions. They will also put an emphasis on the obligations of obstetricians and gynecologists to ensure SRHR. Areas that will be discussed include gender based violence, refugees in the eye of the pandemic and access to safe abortion care, post abortion care and contraception.

Time: 4:30pm UK  

Chair: Professor Kristina Gemzell- Danielsson (Sweden)


Dr Faysal El Kak (Lebanon) - Introduction to FIGO Webinars & Why Pandemics Threaten Sexual Health and Human Rights 

Professor Kristina Gemzell- Danielsson (Sweden) - Introduction to FIGO's Committee for Human Rights, Refugees and Violence Against Women & The Impact of COVID-19 on Access to Abortion, Post Abortion Care and Contraception 

Dr Margit Endler (Sweden)  - Impact of COVID-19 on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Outcomes of WHHR Survey

Dr Rubina Sohail (Pakistan) - Impact of COVID-19 on Gender Based Violence 

Professor Chiara Benedetto (Italy) - Refugees in the Eye of the Pandemic 

Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HxAVlIF-Sr-NYZwIEdgjbw

8th September:

The FIGO Pregnancy Obesity and Nutrition Initiative (PONI) – Advocating for Obstetricians and Gynecologists to Think Nutrition and Weight First, at Every Contact for the prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases in mothers and their children

Time: 2pm UK time (BST)

The International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) Pregnancy Obesity and Nutrition Initiative (PONI) was launched in 2019. The PONI is a further step in the work of the FIGO Pregnancy and Non-communicable Disease Committee (PNCDC) to highlight the importance of nutrition and weight for women globally. 

The aims of the PONI are:

• Provide key messages relating to the importance of tackling malnutrition and obesity before, during, and after pregnancy to improve the long-term health of mothers, their children and future generations.

• Develop and disseminate evidence-based guidelines and other resources such as the FIGO Nutrition Checklist to support frontline workers to Think Nutrition and Weight First, at Every Contact.

• Ensure stakeholders – i.e. member societies, frontline health professionals, partner non-government organisations – understand the way in which they can make a difference.

• Provide publicity opportunities to increase uptake and implementation of PONI as a basis for further outreach and resource mobilisation for the PNCDC.

This webinar will introduce PONI and provide good clinical practice recommendations for obstetricians and gynaecologists on the topics of preconception health and obesity management. The webinar will also highlight a clinical practice tool developed in 2015 by members of the FIGO Adolescent, Preconception and Maternal Nutrition called the FIGO Nutrition Checklist. Finally we will have a panel discussion with Prof. Moshe Hod, the chair of the FIGO Pregnancy and Non-communicable disease committee and Dr. Ivonne Díaz Yamal , the chair of the FIGO Committee for Reproductive Medicine, Endocrinology and Infertility. 

Chair: Professor Mark Hanson (UK)


Dr Faysal El Kak (Lebanon) - Introduction to FIGO Webinars 

Professor Fionnuala McAuliffe (Ireland) - The FIGO Pregnancy Obesity and Nutrition Initiative & The FIGO Guidelines for the Management of Obesity Prepregnancy, Pregnancy and Postpartum 

Dr. Chandni Maria Jacob (UK) - Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases by Interventions in the Preconception Period 

Ms. Sarah Louise Killeen (Ireland) - The FIGO Nutrition Checklist as a Tool to Help you Address Nutrition and Weight in your Practice 

Professor Moshe Hod (Israel) - Panel Discussion on the PONI

Dr Ivonne Diaz Yamal (Colombia) - Panel Discussion on the PONI 


17th September:

Ethical and Professional Challenges to Obstetrician-Gynecologists of the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Time: 12.30pm UK time 

FIGO has provided information to obstetrician-gynecologists worldwide on the scientific and clinical challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This FIGO Webinar will address the ethical and professional challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic for obstetric and gynecologic practice.  There will be an opening presentation on the experience in New York City and suburbs in the hospitals of the not-for-profit Northwell Health System that serves New York City and its suburbs.  Topics will include the need to consider ethical obligations to each individual patient in the context of the entire population of patients served by a hospital, which is called frameshifting; the need to prevent ethically unjustified allocation of organizational resources away from obstetrics and gynecology, which is called ring-fencing; and the ethical challenges of responsibly managing organizational resources in a public health emergency.  Each member of the FIGO Committee on the Ethical and Professional Aspects of Reproductive Medicine and Women’s Health will then briefly describe ethical and professional challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in his or her region.  There will follow ample time for questions and discussion. 

Chair: Dr. Frank A. Chervenak 


Dr Faysal El Kak (Lebanon) - Introduction to FIGO Webinars

Dr. Frank A. Chervenak (USA) - Ethical and Professional Challenges of the COVID-19 

Pandemic: A New York City Perspective

Dr. Jolly Beyeza (Uganda), Pr. Leonel Briozzo (Uruguay), Dr. Lourdes Capito (Philippines), Dr. Olimpio De Moraes Filho (Brazil), Dr. Sanjay Gupte (India), Dr. Michael Marsh (UK), Dr. Laurence McCullough (USA), Dr Giovanni Monni (Italy) - Regional Perspectives on COVID-19

Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cz_oPuA3SNeiHJwX9Xb_gg

24th September:

2020 marks 100 years since the first abortion law was passed: Telemedicine/self-managed abortion is critical to strengthening women and girls’ reproductive rights and reducing maternal mortality

Time: 15:00- 16:30 UK time (BST)

Chair: Professor Dame Lesley Regan, FIGO (UK)


  • Ambassador Dr. Eunice Brookman- Amissah (Ghana)
  • Marge Berer (UK) (Co-) Coordinator, of International Safe Abortion Campaign 
  • Christina Zampas (Switzerland) - Lawyer and Associate Director of Global Advocacy, Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Nelly Munyasia (Kenya) - Executive Director, Reproductive Health Kenya Network, RHNK
  • Evelyn Odhiambo (Kenya) - Youth Coordinator/Sexual reproductive health trainer, RHNK

Languages: the webinar will be available in ENG/SP/FR

Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KX3KlFrcStmNbDxw_a09Ag


Recordings from previous FIGO webinars available to view here