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Published on Friday, 16 September 2011 08:04

APA UPDATE #17 September 2011



Advocacy workshop on funding for family planning and reproductive health

Approximately 30 APA members and their developing country partners are looking forward to a dynamic and productive workshop  that will take place on 19 October, in the run up to Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APRSHR6). Jointly convened by APA and Family Planning International New Zealand, this Workshop aims to introduce strategic planning tools to gain skills to advocate for increased funding for family planning and reproductive health. The Workshop will be facilitated by Ms. Priya Emmert of the  Futures Group and will close with a special session by Jill Sheffield, President of Women Deliver.

APA Representation at High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS and MDGs

APA Secretariat has been invited to be represented, in observer status, at the Asia-Pacific High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Assessment of Progress Against Commitments in the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  The high level intergovernmental meeting will take place 1-3 November in Bangkok, and is organized by Economic and Social Division of Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in cooperation with the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNWOMEN), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).


Save the Date! Family Planning Pacific Forum

The ‘Family Planning Pacific’ Forum  aims to bring together stakeholders who are working in the Pacific towards the achievement of MDG 5b: 'Achieve, by 2015, Universal Access to Reproductive Health’.  Coordinated by Family Planning NSW on behalf of Sexual Health and Family Planning Australia (SHFPA), it will take place in Sydney, Australia on 15 - 16 November.  The objectives are to build a common understanding of the key issues and challenges to MDG5b in the Pacific; to strengthen collaboration among civil society and with key donors on achieving universal access to RH in the Pacific; to develop strategies including key recommendations to address the challenges. The project is part of the APA Advocacy Grants Programme.  More information will be made available shortly, but for further advance information please contact Ann Brassil on +61 2 87524311 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Raks Thai Abstracts Accepted to APCRSHR6

Congratulations to Raks Thai Foundation in Thailand on being accepted to present research abstracts at APCRSHR6.  Manop Jaitika, Nopparuch Muenkaew  and Sopida Suwannasopit from Raks Thai will be participating at the conference  in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, October 19-22.   The abstracts present a project that is supported by the APA Advocacy Grants Programme.

Family Planning New Zealand Highlighting Critical Pacific Women's Rights Issues

Critical Pacific women's rights issues  were highlighted by  Lives are on the Line: Sexual and Gender Based Violence in the Pacific" on 6 September, and "Women, Politics and Change" on 7 September.

Emerging Economy MPs Emphasize Critical Importance of SRHR

Parliamentarians from six Asia-Pacific Emerging Economies recognized that safeguarding Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for all people is of critical importance for all countries and communities across the region, as a priority for achieving equality, security, development and peace.  The Statement of Commitment from the Regional Consultation on ‘Emerging Economies and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights’ organized by Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) and partners is now available. Read the Statement here.


New Resource Explores the Links between HIV and Gender Inequality with Women from Fiji and PNG

“Experiences and Perspectives of Women Living with HIV in Fiji and Papua New Guinea: a Qualitative Study” has been published by the Pacific Islands AIDS Forum, to explore the connection between HIV and gender inequality. Read the study here.

SE Asian Opportunity for Research Training in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Rights and other current Human Rights Issues

An opportunity to gain research training on gender, sexuality and women’s rights; rights of vulnerable and marginalized groups; ASEAN and human rights; and other current human rights issues is being organized by the South East Asian Human Rights Studies Network (SEAHRN).  The ‘Training on Academic Research in Human Rights and Peace and Conflict' will take place 24-28 October in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, with scholarships available for South East Asian nationals.  Deadline of application is 23 September.  For more information access the call for applications and application form here.

7 Billion Actions

7 Billion Actions is call to action as the world’s population will top seven billion people in October 2011.  The United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, is leading this innovative global initiative utilizing the power of social media, with a number of  events being live-streamed –  read more and participate here.

Deadline Extended for Disability, Sexuality and Rights Online Course

The deadline for a 9 week online course for practitioners and activists in Sexuality Disability, Social Justice, Public Health, Development and Media has been extended to 25 Septermber.  The course is being organized by CREA, and will run from 17 October - 17 December.  Read more and apply here

AWID Resources for Monitoring and Evaluation

The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) has several resources  available  for the  monitoring and evaluation (M&E)of women’s organizations, including   Strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation for Women's Rights Thirteen Insights for Women's Organizations and the The Power of Investing in Women's Rights and Empowerment a Mid-term Summary of the MDG3 Fund and its Gender Equality Outcomes.

AWID has also produced a ‘wiki’ on M&E, to stimulate experience sharing and build a body of practical knowledge and experience of M&E in terms of measuring gender equality (or other related human rights issues).  Active participation s encouraged, to shape the contents to fit your needs and aims. Read more and access the wiki here.

New website for DSW

Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung (DSW) has a new website.  Access the website here.