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Published on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 04:40




APA Condolences

APA Secretariat wishes to convey our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of all the people that were on board the Malaysia Airlines flight that was bound for Melbourne, where the IAC is being held. It is a tragedy and a loss for everyone. 

APA is Seeking a Consultant

APA is seeking a consultant to develop and coordinate the Unzip the Lips Campaign “No woman left behind” and develop a post-2015 roadmap for HIV key affected women and girls (KAWG) in Asia and the Pacific through social mobilization and community participation, from 1 August - 31 December 2014. Read more here.


Care: Giving Women the Power to Say No is Essential to Reducing HIV & AIDS

According to Care Australia, the huge inequality between women and men in parts of Asia-Pacific is hampering efforts to tackle HIV & AIDS in the region. Ahead of the conference, CARE is urging governments and health groups to ensure gender inequality is tackled as part of efforts to combat the spread of HIV & AIDS. Read more here.

PAI: The Hidden Family Planning Crisis of the Urban Poor

A new article by Population Action International (PAI) asks ‘How does urban poverty affect sexual and reproductive health’? The urban poor have high rates of unintended pregnancies, higher fertility, higher risk of sexually transmitted infections, and poor maternal health outcomes. Read more here

YCSRR: Young People Strategize Toward Post-2015 Agenda at Cross-Regional Meeting

21 young people from across regions and movements convened in Hong Kong last week to share information and strategize around mutual priorities for the post-2015 development agenda, organized by the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR). Participants agreed on key priorities for the next development agenda, including health and sexual and reproductive health and rights; employment; education; gender equality and women’s rights – including SOGI; governance and political participation; and peace and security. Read more here.


India: Mock Sex Ed Class Video

A mock Indian sex education class showing a teacher struggling with a "government approved" syllabus is making waves among Indian internet users. East India Comedy's video mocks remarks on Health Minister Harsh Vardhan's website suggesting "so-called 'sex education'" should be banned. Read more here.

Malaysia: Transgenderism a ‘psychological condition’ Claims Council in Sharia Court

Transgenderism is a curable “psychological condition” that does not preclude those with the disorder from being subject to Shariah law, Negri Sembilan’s state legal adviser asserted in a judicial review of a state enactment that criminalises cross-dressing today. Read more here.

Myanmar: SRHR Violations of Rohingya in Displacement Camps

For tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims trapped in displacement camps in western Myanmar, when complications in childbirth occur, patients cannot go to government hospitals without hard-to-get authorization and hefty bribes. Nearby clinics are usually staffed by just one or two doctors, sometimes for only a few hours a day. Many emergencies are now handled by midwives and workers in ill-equipped village pharmacies. Read more here.

Pakistan: Where Children are also Mothers

Most South Asian nations, like Pakistan, struggle with the twin problems of early marriage and teenage pregnancy, making it crucial to tackle both simultaneously, experts say. Pathfinder International’s Tauseef Ahmed believes a strong conservative current in Pakistani society – where 97 percent of the population identifies as Muslim – also conspires against the girl child, making early marriage and adolescent pregnancy a foregone conclusion for thousands of girls. Read more here.


FP2020: New Rapid Response Mechanism

FP2020’s Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) opened for applications on 10 July 2014. The RRM supports rapid response grants that fill urgent gaps and unforeseen time-bound opportunities to accelerate progress towards FP2020’s goal of expanding access to family planning information, services, and supplies to an additional 120 million women and girls in the world’s poorest countries by 2020.Read more here.

Post-2015: Proposed Sustainable Development Goals and Targets

The proposal for the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets have been released by the Open Working Group, at the close of their 13th meeting. Two SRHR targets are included, under goal 3 "Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages", and goal 5 "Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls". ICPD and Beijing are also mentioned in the introduction. Access the Proposed Goals and Targets here.

MSI: New Infographic Shows Reality of Unsafe Abortion.

Every year millions of women turn to unsafe abortion to end unwanted pregnancies and our teams frequently encounter women suffering the effects. With around half of global abortions being unsafe, a new infographic from Marie Stopes International highlights the consequences. Access the infographic here.

New Guidelines on HIV Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and Care for Key Populations

A new report by the World Health Organization entitled 'Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations'. The publication warns that failure to provide adequate HIV services for key groups, such as men who have sex with men, people in prison, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people, threatens the global progress of the HIV response. Access the Guidelines here.

New Infographic on Global Grantmaking for Human Rights

Advancing Human Rights, the state of global foundation grantmaking, is an interactive infographic which allows viewers to peruse the current state of grantmaking in the field of human rights by region and topic. Read more here