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Federation of Gynaecologists and Obstetrics (FIGO) Regional Congress 2020

FIGO is a global NGO working to improve the health and wellbeing of women and newborns worldwide. Founded in 1954, we are the only organisation bringing together professional societies of obstetricians and gynaecologists in research, advocacy and clinical best practice across 132 countries.

FIGO is committed to a world where every woman, wherever she lives, achieves active participation in her own health and rights, and the highest possible standards of health. FIGO’s strength comes from our world-renowned experts, whose knowledge and experience in all aspects of women’s health help shape best practice and innovation.

As part of our vision that women of the world achieve the highest possible standards of physical, mental, reproductive and sexual health and wellbeing throughout their lives, we lead on global programme activities, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and South East Asia. We also build capacities of national member societies from low-resource countries through strengthening leadership, good practice and promotion of policy dialogues.

FIGO advocates on a global stage, especially in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) pertaining to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and non-communicable diseases (SDG3). We also work to raise the status of women and enable their reproductive and sexual rights, including addressing FGM and gender based violence (SDG5).

The challenges are huge; therefore, collaboration is essential. FIGO is committed to strengthening partnerships with other professions and sectors (SDG17). We are in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and consultative status with the United Nations (UN), helping to shape public policy at global, regional and national level.