E-NEWS AND INFORMATION ON SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS
APA would like to wish all of the Members that are attending the 45th session of the UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD), being held in New York from 23-27 April, best wishes for a successful session. The theme of this year’s event is “Adolescents and Youth."
APA would like to thank all of our Steering Committee members and resource persons for a productive and dynamic meeting on ‘Strategizing for ICPD Beyond 2014!’, held in Bangkok on 10 April.
APA is pleased to welcome the newest member of the Alliance, CARE Australia.
The Australian Youth Representative for IPPF East and South-East Asia Region and Chair of SH&FPA Youth Interest Group, Zoe Stewart, will speak at `Education Matters: Empowering Young People to make Healthier Choices: Learning from Experiences in Latin America and Africa’ side event at the UN Commission on Population and Development. The session takes place 24 April from 1:15 -2:45 at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN, and is organized by The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung) and IPPF. Read more here.
A joint statement by Planned Parenthood Association of Thailand (PPAT) and Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) was delivered by Meghan Doherty of Action Canada on Population and Development (ACPD) during the adoption of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) outcome reports at the Human Rights Council in March. The theme of statement was ‘Stigma and discrimination against sex workers and the rights of migrants to sexual and reproductive health care’ in Thailand. Read the statement here.
A new article on Family Planning International's study tour to the Solomon Islands in July 2011, part of the APA Advocacy Grants Program, has been published in Metro magazine by Sam Eichblatt. ‘Where women live in fear’ highlights the issue of Violence against Women (VAW) experienced in the Solomon Islands. Read the article here.
Population Action International (PAI) has created a new ‘infographic’ displaying US support for Maternal and Reproductive Health, in the run-up to the US election. Access the infographic here.&. Also find find the statistics the infographic is based on here.
“Adolescents & Youth in Nepal: Sexual and Reproductive Health Challenges” is a position paper developed for the UN CPD - 45th session on "Adolescents and Youth" by YUWA, a youth led organization based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Access the paper here.
Apply now for two regional learning events focusing on Gender-based Violence (GBV) prevention, organized by Partners for Prevention (P4P) 1) ‘Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop: Introduction to Primary Prevention of Gender-based Violence’ from 2–4 July in Bangkok, and 2) ‘Asia-Pacific Regional Learning Event: Practitioner’s Clinic – Improving our Primary Prevention Interventions’ from 5–6 July in Bangkok. Deadline for applications is 8 June. Read more and apply here.
Applications are being accepted for the Second International Conference on Human Rights and Peace & Conflict in Southeast Asia, which has a ‘Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights’ track. There are now 60 scholarships available for the conference, which will be held 17-18 October in Jakarta, Indonesia. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 25 May. Read more here.
Listen to Melinda Gates speak about putting birth control back on the global agenda on ‘Ted Talk’. Melinda Gates shares her thoughts that many of the world's social change issues depend on ensuring that women can control their rate of having children. Watch the video here.
A new International Center for Reproductive Health (ICRH) opinion paper entitled ‘A call for a family planning surge’ explores the beneficial impacts on public health, environmental sustainability and social and economic development that meeting the need for family planning would provide. It further urges for a strong renewed commitment of the global community in the form of a global family planning decade. Read the article here.
UNITAID is calling for Letter of Intent on two topics 1) innovative approaches to improve access to paediatric antiretroviral medicines; and 2) improving access to key preventive, diagnostic and treatment commodities for HIV, TB and malaria through market-based approaches. Deadline for submission is 22 May. Access more information here.
‘Sexual Rights & the Universal Periodic Review: a Toolkit for Advocates’ has been published by The Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). The toolkit is designed to assist CSOs to bring their knowledge, expertise and experiences to an international forum, the Universal Periodic Review, which can influence the realization of human rights where it matters most, in the daily life of individuals. In -depth knowledge of the UN system or human rights law in order to participate effectively with the UPR. Access the toolkit here.
International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is seeking a coordinating consultant or group to assess a 3-yr adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health and rights programme funded by Danida. The assessment must be completed during the period of June 2012 – March 2013. Deadline for applications is 30 April. Read more here.