International Consortium for Emergency Contraception and American Society for Emergency Contraception Present Annual AwardsDigg This!
NEW YORK, October 18, 2010: The International Consortium for Emergency Contraception (ICEC) and the American Society for Emergency Contraception (ASEC) held their annual joint meeting on October 13th and 14th, 2010, bringing together over 100 advocates, researchers, pharmaceutical representatives, and other leaders in the field to discuss expanding efforts to ensure access to emergency contraception (EC). At the meeting, awards were given to honor three leading individuals and organizations for their efforts to expand access to EC.
The Ellertson Innovation in EC award is given annually to an individual or group that has made a bold move to expand access to EC. The award was established by the ASEC in honor of Charlotte Ellertson, one of the group’s founders. This year the award was given to PROMSEX (Center for the Promotion and Defense of Sexual and Reproductive Rights), a leading non-governmental organization fighting for access to EC in Peru, and to Lon Newman, the innovative Executive Director of Family Planning Health Services in Wisconsin. The recipients were publicly recognized at the ICEC and ASEC meeting and received a monetary award.
A new lifetime achievement award was awarded for the first time this year to honor the memory of Felicia Stewart, a lifelong reproductive health advocate. The Felicia Stewart Lifetime Achievement award was given to Francine Coeytaux, an innovative and widely-respected women’s health and reproductive health specialist who has worked to expand reproductive health and rights in the United States and globally.
The International Consortium for Emergency Contraception and the American Society for Emergency Contraception commend all three award winners for their important efforts to ensure access to EC in both the United States and around the world.