APA at Meeting on Legal and Policy Barriers to Universal Access to HIV Services

APA will be attending the ‘Expert Group Meeting on the Implementation of National Reviews and Consultations on Legal and Policy Barriers to Universal Access to HIV Services’ on 4-5 March, organized by UNESCAP in Pattaya, Thailand. The meeting aims to share experiences and lessons learnt from national reviews and consultations on legal and policy barriers to universal access to HIV services, and implementation of the recommendations. Read more here.

APA at Regional Civil Society Meeting on Beijing +20 and 58CSW

APA attended the ‘Asia–Pacific CS Consultation for the 20 Year Review of Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and for the 58th Session of the CSW’ on 10 -11 February in Bangkok. The meeting gave civil society an opportunity to discuss and plan its input and engagement in global and regional processes related to: the Beijing +20 Review process; 58CSW; and the Post 2015 Development Agenda.

APA at Regional MP Meeting on CPD

APA attended a regional meeting of parliamentarians (MPs) in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 13-14 February that was organized by member AFPPD, ahead of the 47th Commission on Population and Development (CPD) this April. APA presented the CS perspective on the ICPD beyond 2014 and linkages with post-2015. Read more here.


Burnet: Increasing Access to Affordable HIV Testing for Rural Areas and Low Income Countries

Burnet received US$1.6 million grant from UNITAID for field evaluation studies in India and South Africa of a point-of-care test which determines when an HIV-positive patient should start lifesaving treatment. The grant is part of funding aimed at encouraging improved technologies and getting them onto the market quickly, and at more affordable prices. Read more here.

Pathfinder: Thousands of Women Are Still Dying From Unsafe Abortions

Policy makers in the United States continue to dictate “what’s best” for women’s health with zero regard for the women themselves. Meanwhile, the world’s women pay the price with their freedom and their lives. Forty-one years after Roe v. Wade, we’re losing ground on the right to abortion and a new article by Lauren McKown of Pathfinder International is asking you to “get angry.” Read the article here.

PAI: Transformation Doesn’t Happen Overnight

Since the London Summit in 2012, elements of reproductive rights have begun to permeate family planning commitments and implementation plans. According to a new blog by Population Action International, of the 28 developing countries that have FP2020 commitments, 15 made specific references to improving choice, expanding the range of methods, or reproductive rights. Read more <a href="http://populationaction.org/newsletters/transformation-doesnt-happen-over-night/">here.


Asia: Time to Invest in SRHR for Young People

Investing in the youth's sexual and reproductive health is the key to stemming some of developing Asia's major health challenges increasing HIV infections and maternal deaths. Read more here.


ICPD Global Report Released

The ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Report is the culmination of a landmark UN review of progress, gaps, challenges and emerging issues in relation to the ICPD Programme of Action. It gathers data from 176 member states, alongside inputs from civil society and comprehensive academic research. Asserting the PoA’s relevance to the Post2015 development agenda, the report stresses inequalities – the cost of inequality for dignity and for sustainable development, - and how investments in gender equality and rights, in youth, health and education and securing the human rights of all are essential to deliver sustainable global development goals. Access the Report here.

New Resource: Equality and Reproductive Rights in Post-2015

The briefing paper “Substantive Equality and Reproductive Rights: A Briefing Paper on Aligning Development Goals with Human Rights Obligations" was produced by the Centre for Reproductive Rights. It seeks to contribute concrete ideas to the global debate on how to integrate international human rights norms surrounding reproductive rights and gender equality into the development framework that emerges from the Post-2015 process. Read the Briefing Paper here.

Global Map Illustrates LGBT Rights by Country

Find out how the law protects LGBT rights by country. A new interactive global map of LGBT criminalization and decriminalization has been produced by Free & Equal, the BBC World News and ILGA World. Read more here.

New Resource: Estimates Prevalence of Non-Partner Sexual Violence

A new article estimates the prevalence of non-partner sexual violence worldwide. Published by The Lancet, the estimates show that one in 14 women (7•2%) aged 15 years or older report being sexually assaulted by someone other than an intimate partner at least once in their lives. Countries with the highest rates of sexual violence are those in central sub-Saharan Africa, southern sub-Saharan Africa, and Australasia. Access the article here.

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