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Published on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 09:16

APA UPDATE #07 June 2015


E-NEWS AND INFORMATION ON SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS

FROM THE SECRETARIAT

APA at Regional Consultation on SRHR of Women in the Mekong Sub-region

APA has been invited to speak at a Regional Consultation on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights among Women Community Partners in Greater Mekong Sub-Region, organized by member Raks Thai Foundation on 15-17 July in Bangkok. APA will share the current developments on the new Sustainable Development Goals and Targets and the inclusion of SRHR.

2014 Annual Report

APA is pleased to share its 2014 Annual Report detailing the last year’s activities, including the 12th APA Conference, the APA Advocacy Grants, and regional advocacy initiatives. Read the Annual Report here.

FROM THE MEMBERS

India: Post2015 Consultation with Parliamentarians

Swasti and Population Foundation of India were among the advocates attending a national Consultation on the Post-2015 Development Agenda to induct parliamentarians on the Sustainable Development Goals and push for the SRHR agenda until the adoption of the SDGs at the UN Summit this September. The Consultation took place in New Delhi and was organized by IPPF and Family Planning Association of India on 19 June. Read more here.

FP NZ: Open Hearing on Engaging Men and Boys in SRHR in the Pacific

Ministers and MPs from Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu and New Zealand attended an Open Hearing on “Engaging Men and Boys in SRHR” at the New Zealand Parliament on 29 June. It was organized by the International Programmes unit of Family Planning New Zealand (FP NZ), which provides secretariat support for the New Zealand Parliamentarians Group on Population and Development. APA member the Burnet Institute also presented at the event.  Read more here.

FOCUS ON ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Early Bird Registration for 8APCRSHR

Registration for the 8th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (‪8APCRSHR‬), “Ensuring universal access to SRHR for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific” is open, with early bird prices available until 30 September. The conference takes place in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, from 23-26 February 2016. Read more here.

Bangladesh: No Steps Taken to Address the Early and Forced Marriage ‘Epidemic’

After a July 2014 pledge to end child marriage by 2041, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attempted to lower the age of marriage for girls from 18 to 16 years old, raising serious doubts about her commitment, according to a new Human Rights Watch article. Read the article here.

GLOBAL NEWS, UPDATES AND RESOURCES

FP2020: Rapid Response Mechanism Funds

FP2020’s Rapid Response Mechanism supports projects that respond to emerging and urgent opportunities that will help advance family planning. Read more and apply here.

Harnessing Citizen Generated Data for Post-2015

New technologies offer exciting new ways for citizens to generate and use data in democratic and creative ways. The SDGs are an unprecedented opportunity for citizens and their organisations to leverage technology and harness the power of data to identify their sustainable development priorities, monitor and drive sustainable development progress and hold governments to account for their commitments. Read more here.

Report Demonstrates Relationship Between Sexual Health, Human Rights and the Law

A new report has been released by the WHO which demonstrates the relationship between ‪sexual health‬, ‪human rights‬ and the law. Drawing from a review of public health evidence and extensive research into human rights law at international, regional and national levels, the report shows how states in different parts of the world can and do support sexual health through legal and other mechanisms that are consistent with human rights standards and their own human rights obligations. Read more here.

Op Ed: Why are Threats to Civil Society Growing Around the World?

Mandeep Tiwana, a lawyer specialising in human rights and civil society issues and Head of Policy and Research at CIVICUS, argues that in recent years there has been a perceptible rise in restrictions on civil space and suggests four key drivers: a global democratic deficit, a worldwide obsession with state security and countering of ‘terrorism’ by all actors except the state, rampant collusion by a handful of interconnected political and economic elites, and the disturbance caused by religious fundamentalist and evangelist groups seeking to upend the collective progress made by civil society in advancing the human rights discourse. Read the article here.