Capitol Hill Days

Capitol Hill Days was March 16th – March 21. Read our recap below and keep an eye out for details of next year’s event!

Each year, we bring together activists and advocates from across the country and around the world to talk about global reproductive health, environmental, and population issues.

Through hands-on advocacy training, informational workshops, and networking sessions participants will learn how to:

  • Advocate for reproductive health and rights for everyone, everywhere;
  • Urge their elected officials to support an investment in global reproductive health and family planning; and
  • Stay engaged in reproductive rights advocacy locally, year-round.

Please see below for events and list of speakers!

Wednesday, March 16, 1:00 pm EDT

Welcome and Networking

Thursday, March 17, 7:00 pm EDT

Keynote Address
Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Round Table Discussion: Global and Domestic Reproductive Health Policy
Dara Purvis, Associate Dean for Research and Partnerships and Professor of Law, Pennsylvania State University
Caitlin Horrigan, Director, Global Advocacy, Planned Parenthood and Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Friday, March 18, 1:00 pm EDT

On the Ground: Family Planning and Reproductive Health Programs Around the World
Melvine Ouyo, Reproductive Health Advocate and Founder and Executive Director at Hope for Kenya Slum Adolescents Initiative
Jallicia Jolly, Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies and Black Studies, Amherst College

Saturday, March 19, 1:00 pm EDT

Storytelling: How to Share Your Story for Organizing
Tania Stewart, Vice President at M+R, a progressive communications firm

Sunday, March 20, 6:30 pm EDT

Climate, Population, and Reproductive Health
Sara Lara, Founder and Executive Director, Women for Conservation
Joan Castro, Executive Vice President, PATH Foundation Philippines

Sunday, March 20, 2:00 pm EDT and 8:00 pm EDT (choose one)

Advocacy Training
Stacie Murphy, Director of Congressional Relations, Population Connection and Population Connection Action Fund

Monday, March 21, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm EDT

Virtual Lobby Day



Learning and Practicing Advocacy Skills

Each year, top advocates from around the country and across the globe come together for four days in Washington, DC. Through a weekend of hands-on advocacy training and informational workshops, participants learn how to:

  • Advocate for reproductive health and rights for all
  • Urge their elected officials to support an investment in global reproductive health and family planning
  • Stay engaged in reproductive rights advocacy, locally, year round

Sharing Information and Convictions with Congress

On the final day of Capitol Hill Days, participants meet in-person with their senators and representatives on Capitol Hill to advocate for a permanent repeal of the Global Gag Rule and for a greater U.S. investment in international family planning services.

The Covid-19 pandemic forced us to restructure CHD to a virtual format in 2020 and 2021. While meeting in-person is always invigorating, we were able to reach many more activists with a digital program these past two years. Going forward, we’re hoping to incorporate the best of both worlds—in-person and virtual—into our CHD events. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months!

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