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Published on Thursday, 19 March 2015 08:13

APA UPDATE #04 March 2015



Post-2015: APA at Negotiations on SDGs and Targets

APA will be attending the Post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) and targets from 23-27 March in New York. APA will also attend a kick-off meeting for a ‘2015 Action Campaign for SRHR and related issues in the post-2015 development agenda’, as a member of the Coordinating Committee of the SRHR Platform for post-2015.


Positive Women: Talking About Stigma with UNAIDS Deputy Director

Positive Women was joined by UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Jan Beagle to hear about the experiences of a group of ‪women‬ living with ‪HIV ‬ in Auckland. The meeting was one of the regular meetings of Positive Women, a support organization for women living with HIV and their families. The group works on raising awareness of HIV in the community through educational and anti-‪stigma‬ programmes. Read more here.

Positive Women: Talking About Stigma with UNAIDS Deputy Director

Burnet Institute’s Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program, designed to address the appalling rate of death and disease among women and children in Papua New Guinea (‪PNG‬), has a new and influential supporter in Dame Carol Kidu. Dame Carol is Patron of the new, $10 million, five-year research program, which aims to arrest a maternal mortality rate in PNG that’s one of the highest in the world.


Apply Now: Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development

Applications are now being accepted for the Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development which takes place in Bangkok on 16-18 May. This forum precedes and will strategize for civil society involvement at the intergovernmental Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) on 20-21 May, convened by the United Nations Economic and Social Commissions for Asia and the Pacific and the United Nations Environment Programme. The APFSD will solicit Asia-Pacific regional input to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in June/July 2015. Deadline for applications to the Civil Society Forum is 5 April. Register here.

Iran: Proposed Laws Reduce Women to ‘baby making machines’ in Misguided Attempts to Boost Population

Women in Iran could face significant restrictions on their use of contraceptives and be further excluded from the labour market unless they have had a child, if two proposed laws are approved, says a new report from Amnesty International. One proposal outlaws voluntary sterilisation and promoting birth control, while another makes it harder for women without babies to get jobs. Read more here.


Funding: UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality

The UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality is now accepting proposals from women-led CSOs to implement programmes to enhance women’s economic and political empowerment in the post-2015 development agenda. The grant size ranges from US$ 200,000 to US$ 500,000 for 2 or 3 year programmes. Deadline is 5 April. Find more information here.

Call for Input: New Global Strategy for Women's, Children's, and Adolescents' Health

This is an important chance to highlight that SRHR should be a priority in the development of the new updated Women's, Children's, and Adolescents' Health strategy. The deadline for input is Friday, 20 March. Access the survey here.

CSW: Activists Blast Bland UN Political Declaration as a Step Backwards for Women’s Rights

Women’s rights activists have expressed alarm at the proposed wording of a UN declaration that they say could portend a major step backwards for women’s rights. The text of the Political Declaration, published on 9 March at the start of the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), has been branded bland and unambitious. Access the Declaration here. Read more here.

New Resource: Towards the Third International Conference on Financing for Development

“Towards the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD): Old Tensions and New Challenges Emerge in Negotiating Session” by DAWN reviews the main elements of the FfD process in order to set current debates in a context, identify the main conflict areas between the different blocks of countries, and introduce recommendations with the purpose of reorienting global economic governance and development patterns towards economic, ecological, and gender justice. Read more here.