Ana Cristina González Vélez

International Senior Specialist
Causa Justa

Ana Cristina is a Colombian Medical Doctor with a PhD in bioethics and public health. She was a Harvard LEAD Fellow on Women in Global Health. She is a researcher, teacher, and expert on the right to health and gender equality, strategically positioning a critique on the use of criminal law to regulate abortion and in building coalitions like Causa Justa movement that helped usher Colombia to one of the most liberal abortion laws globally. In addition to her consulting roles with ECLAC and PAHO, Ana Cristina is the Cofounder of La Mesa por la Vida and was included as one of 100 most influential people in TIME. Her most recent publication is in the Elgar Encyclopedia of Crime and Criminal Justice.

Event Schedule

18 July 2023
19 July 2023
Start Time End Time Session Description Action
02:30 pm EEST 04:00 pm EEST From Attacks to Advancements: Charting the Path for SRHR in a Changing World
KCC Auditorium

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The global health landscape has undergone significant shifts, impacting sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), includling the Read More

Reyusha Chalise

SRHR Project Officer

Beyond Beijing Committee Nepal

Dr. Joannie Marlene Bewa

Senior Health Researcher & Moderator

Moderate the Panel

Nancy Northup

President and CEO

Center for Reproductive Rights

Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan

Minister of International Development

Global Affairs Canada, Government of Canada

Ana Cristina González Vélez

International Senior Specialist

Causa Justa

Anita Zaidi

President Gender Equality Division

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Angela Akol, MD, PhD


Ipas Africa Alliance

Kevin Ali



Catalina Devandas

Executive Director

Disability Rights Fund (DRF)

Samukeliso Dube

Executive Director


Natalia Kanem

Executive Director


Start Time End Time Session Description Action
10:30 am EEST 12:00 pm EEST Achieving Access to Abortion as a Human Right
Room MH 1-1

Over the past 25 years, nearly 60 countries have liberalized their abortion laws, expanding the grounds under which abortion is legal and enhancing access to this Read More

Rebeca Ramos

Lawyer / Executive Director


Amanda Joan Julian Mary Banura

Chief Executive Director, Journalist, IT and AYSRH Consultant

Uganda Youth Alliance for Family Planning and Adolescent Health

Sabin Shrestha

Executive Director

Forum for Women, Law and Development

Ana Cristina González Vélez

International Senior Specialist

Causa Justa


Magdalene Dorto

Not applicable Not applicable

Deborah Nyirenda

Not applicable Not applicable

Yashmin Fernandes

Director Women's Digital Financial Inclusion Hub, Women's World Banking

Stella Anyangwe

End Polo Now Coordinator Rotary International

Blandine Umuziranenge

Founder and CEO Kosmotivr

Taryn Russell

Deputy Executive Director Results Canada

Djeinaba Kane

Advocacy & Partnership Lead AfricaNenda

Rafiat Akinokun

Youth Advorate and cub's health nurse

Melania Chiponda

Gender and Climate Advisor The African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET)

Aries Setiadi

Managing Director Fintech Association Indonesia

Claude Mambo Muvunyi

Director General Rwanda Biomedical Center

Hanna Lemma

Co-founder & Contributor Addis Powerhouse

Kathryn Toure

Regional Director, Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office IDRC

Dr. Lisa Avery

Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba; Director Africa Initiatives

Carmen Correa

CEO Pro Mujer

Tawakkol Karman

Nobel Peace Price Laureate Tawakkol Karman Foundation

Anis Farid

Research Project Manager Women's Aid Organisation

Patricia Elias

Every Woman International Lawyer; Chief, Global Diplomatic Campaign

Lipi Rahman

Executive Director, Badabon Sangho Every Woman Indrani Fellow

Kigali Convention Center - KG 2 Roundabout, Kigali, Rwanda