February 2013




APA at CSO Consultation in Advance of the 6th Asian and Pacific Population Conference

APA has been invited to a CSO Consultation from 28-29 March, being held in regional preparation for the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference (APPC) in Bangkok. The 6th APPC is an intergovernmental meeting organized on 16-20 September, and the outcomes will form regional input into the Special Session of the General Assembly on ICPD beyond 2014.

APA at Preparation Workshop for 57th CSW

APA joined 43 CSOs, including member Raks Thai Foundation, from Asia and the Pacific for a Workshop to prepare inputs for the 57th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Co-organised by Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), Asian Indigenous People’s Pact (AIPP), Fiji Women’s Crisis Center, Disabled People’s International Asia Pacific and supported by UN Women, the meeting prioritised inclusion of women most marginalised by intersecting forms of discrimination, prejudice and power inequalities: indigenous women, rural women, women living with disabilities, migrant women, women working in informal sectors, dalit women, women living with HIV/AIDS, sexual minorities.  The Unzip the Lips platform presented outcomes to UNESCAP Member States. Access more information and the Asia Pacific CSO Statements here.

Outcome Document: Population Dynamics Thematic Consultation Post-2015

"A Call to Integrated Population Dynamics into the Post-2015 Development, Recommendations of the Global Thematic Consultation on Population Dynamics the Post-2015 Development Agenda" is the outcome document for the Thematic Consultation on Population Dynamics. APA and members Population Action International (PAI) and Action Canada for Population and Development (ACPD)  participated in the CSO Consultation on Population Dynamics in Geneva, 18-19 February. Access the Outcome Document here.


FPI: Health Report Highlights SRH in the Solomon Islands

Health Report on Solomon Islands surveys the sexual and reproductive health situation in the Solomon Islands, highlighting issues such as violence against women, maternal health, and unsafe abortion. The article is an outcome of a study tour organized by Family Planning International (FPI) and APA last year. Read the article here

PAI: What Sequestration Might Mean For International Family Planning Assistance

According to Population Action International (PAI), on 1 March an across-the-board cut in federal spending in the USA could cause international family planning and reproductive health programs to lose tens of millions of dollars, resulting in the denial of contraceptive services to nearly 1.7 million women and in almost 500,000 women having unintended pregnancies as a consequence. Read more here.

AFPPD: Job Opportunities

The Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) is hiring for two positions: Senior Advocacy Officer, and a Consultancy on women trafficking in Southeast Asia. Find more information about the positions here.

ACPD: Job Opportunity

Action Canada for Population and Development (ACPD) is hiring a Policy and Communications Officer. Find more information about the position here.


Pacific: Feminists and Activists Re-framing, Re-articulating and Re-energizing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

An urgent Call to Action for SRHR in the Pacific is demanding rights to legal and safe abortion; fulfillment of lesbian, bisexual and trans* rights as women's rights and human rights; and more. Open for endorsement until 28 February, the Call to Action resulted from an inaugural gathering from key Pacific civil society organisations (CSOs), networks and alliances held in Nadi, Fiji from 12-15 February, co-convened by Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era; Fiji Women's Rights Movement; Diverse Voices and Action (DIVA), for Equality and Pacific Youth Council. Access the Call to Action here.

Pacific: Supporting Female Parliamentarians

50 female parliamentarians from Australia and the Pacific region met for two days in Sydney as part of the inaugural Pacific Women’s Parliamentary Partnerships Forum, supported by AusAID.   The group agreed to work on the implementation of 12 priorities for Pacific parliaments including; mentoring between Pacific and Australian parliamentarians, an online network to facilitate discussion, workshops for MPs and parliamentary staff and a yearly forum to continue the momentum created in Sydney. Three members of the New Zealand Parliamentarians’ Group on Population and Development, and the Executive Director of AFPPD, also attended the meeting. Read more here here and here.


Call for Applications: Youth Delegates for Bali Youth Multistakeholders Meeting on Post-2015 Development Agenda

Applications are being accepted for the Bali Youth Multistakeholders Meeting on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in Indonesia on 24-25 March. Youth advocates will deliver their perspective as child and youth advocates on the world’s most pressing development issues to the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons.The deadline for applications is 28 February, find more information here.

Petition: Protect Sexual and Reproductive Rights

A petition by Amnesty International is calling on world leaders for the meaningful participation of young people, including young women, in all areas of public life; for their full access to information, education and livelihoods; and for fulfilment of their human rights, including sexual and reproductive rights. All over the world, hundreds of social movements, including millions of young people, are demanding justice. Access Amnesty International's Petition here.

Online Consultation: Population Dynamics in the Post 2015 Development Framework

Discussions on the post-2015 UN development framework are ongoing, and there is still time to contribute to the online consultation on population dynamics - including migration, urbanization, high population growth, and low population growth and aging. Add an SRHR voice to the consultations here.

New Resource: Accelerating Progress in Saving the Lives of Women and Children

This 2013 report for the Global Campaign, Accelerating Progress in saving the Lives of Women and Children, provides an update on the significant developments and new commitments since 2010, when the United Nations Secretary-General launched his Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. Read the 2013 Report here.

New Resource: Geographical Distribution of Financial Flows to Developing Countries

The Geographical Distribution of Financial Flows to Developing Countries 2013 publication provides comprehensive data on the volume, origin and types of aid and other resource flows to around 150 developing countries. Access the publication here.

APA UPDATE #2 February2013



APA Update Survey

Please assist APA by taking 5 minutes to complete a brief survey designed to help us improve the APA Update, in order to meet your requirements for timely, reliable and relevant news information and developments related to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), population and development! The deadline for completion is Friday, 15 February. Access the APA Update Survey here .

Welcoming Newest Member from Indonesia

APA is pleased to welcome our newest member: Aliansi Remaja Independen (ARI) from Indonesia, a youth-led organizations working to promote young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights and meaningful youth participation. We look forward to working together!

Post-2015 Development Agenda: CSO Consultation on Population Dynamics

APA will join other civil society (CS) at the Global CS Consultation taking place in Geneva, Switzerland from 18-19 February, co-lead by UN-DESA, IOM, UNFPA, UN-Habitat, contributions from, FAO, ILO, WFP, UN-Women and OHCHR. You can follow APA at the Consultation on Twitter at @AsiaPacAlliance.


SWASTI: South Asia Advocacy Note

A South Asia Regional Advocacy Note, produced by Swasti and partners, highlights that investing in education and empowerment of women is one of the most effective ways of achieving the MDGs and desired development outcomes for women in the long run. If women are literate, educated and empowered, this will translate into positive impacts on reducing poverty and improving maternal and child health. Read the Advocacy Note here.

AFPPD: Hiring for Three Positions

The Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) is seeking applications for three positions: Senior Program Associate; Program Associate for Advocacy; Program Associate. Read more here.


Extension: Women Deliver Early Bird Deadline

The Early Bird registration deadline for the Women Deliver 2013 conference has been extended to February 15th. The Women Deliver Conference is taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28-30 May. Read more here.

Papua New Guinea: Concerns Over Unsafe Abortions

Health experts are concerned about the number of unsafe abortions taking place in Papua New Guinea (PNG). A recent study looked at all admissions of spontaneous and induced abortions in Eastern Highlands Provincial Hospital in Goroka, PNG. Of 120 reported miscarriages admitted to the hospital over the period, 23 percent (28 women) were induced abortions, with more than half taking place 12-26 weeks into the pregnancy. Read more here.

Training Opportunity: Advocacy to Promote the Right to Health in SE Asia

Asia Catalyst is seeking applicants who want to receive coaching and mentoring to further their advocacy skills and plans, in a new training program. Beginning in May 2013, selected participants will attend workshops in Thailand and take part in monthly coaching calls with health rights experts. Participants will also be connected to their peers in the region for additional support and collaboration. The deadline for applications is 11 February. Access more information here.

Gender Study Paints a Dismal Picture of Female Frontpage News Presence

The "Front-page of South Asian newspapers under gender lens" presents a summary analysis of a month-long pilot study on news monitoring, aggregation and gender analysis of the first page of prominent English newspapers in five South Asian countries. The resulting data paints an overall dismal picture of the presence of women in front page media, as compared to their male counterparts. Read more here.


Post 2015 Development Agenda: SRHR Highlighted in Monrovia

The CSOs outreach meeting with the High Level Panel (HLP) outcome document includes explicit references to SRHR issues and population dynamics. The meeting took place in Monrovia from January 30 to February 1, 2013. Read more here.

Webinar: Voluntary, Human Rights-based Family Planning Programs

The Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition is pleased to announce that a group funded by the Gates Foundation is developing a conceptual framework on Voluntary, Human Rights-based Family Planning Programs: Ensuring That They Respect, Protect and Fulfill Rights. The framework feeds into FP2020, its Rights and Empowerment Group, and a WHO consultation. The English webinar will take place on 12 February (UTC (GMT) 10:00. Register here.

New Resource: Monitoring Reproductive Rights

A new Monitoring Tool outlines State obligations under international and regional human rights law on a range of reproductive rights issues; and identifies key questions that human rights experts, monitoring bodies, and civil society can use to assess to what extent a State is in compliance with its obligations. The Monitoring Tool was produced by Center for Reproductive Rights and supported by UNFPA. Access the Tool here.

Annual Letter by Bill Gates Includes Access to Contraception

"Measurement, Contraceptives, and Investing in Families' Futures" is an insert by Melinda Gates, in the annual letter written by Bill Gates on behalf of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Parents' ability to plan their families-to decide whether and when to have children-has been correlated to massive improvements in health, prosperity, and quality of life, according to Melinda. The overall focus of the letter is on the role of measurement in improving delivery, and how it can help poor countries serve people's needs. Read the Letter here.  


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