July 2013




APA Annual Report 2012

APA’s 2012 Annual Report is now available and highlights APA member’s efforts and activities throughout the year towards increasing universal access to reproductive health. Access the 2012 Annual Report here


CARE: One Billion Rising Video Launch

CARE Australia and the Parliamentary Group on Population and Development (PGPD) launched a short film “One in Three”, addressing that one in three women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime, equating to over one billion women worldwide. The film features MPs including (former) Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Minister Penny Wong, Minister Tanya Plibersek, Malcolm Turnbull MP, Sen Claire Moore, Dr Mal Washer MP, Sen Christine Milne, Sen Louise Pratt along with business and community leaders in Australia. Access the film here.

FPI: Upskilling Clinical Staff in Kiribati

Family Planning International (FPI) delivered a clinical training in Kiribati as part of the wider Healthy Families Project to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of people living in South Tarawa, Kiribati. Two trainers from Family Planning New Zealand travelled to Kiribati to upskill twelve nurses to expand their knowledge of sexual and reproductive health issues in late June. Topics covered included family planning, modern contraceptive methods, male and female reproductive systems, fertility awareness and sexually transmissible infections. Read more here.

ICOMP: National Consultation on RH and Family Planning in Nepal

The National Consultation on RH and Family Planning organized by International Council on Management of Population Programmes (ICOMP) with the Central Department of Population Studies, Tribhuvan University (CDPS/TU), and with support from the Packard Foundation, was attended by over 30 participants including former MPs and elected leaders, government policy makers, CSO/NGO leaders, academia, researchers and young people. It urged the government to improve the quality and coverage of RH and family planning services including the contraceptives and stressed the need to address the unmet needs of adolescents and young people aged 10-24 years, which accounts over 10 percent of the total population. Access the Summary Note here.

PAI: Seeking a Director of Research

A Director of Research is being sought by. Read more here.


Call for Applications: Youth Champions for ASAP’s 2nd Advocacy Institute for Safe Abortion Rights

Asia Safe Abortion Partnership (ASAP) is inviting applications from young persons living and working in Asia to join the 2nd Advocacy Institute for Safe Abortion Rights to be held in Mumbai, India from 4-6 September. Read more here.

Seeking Nominations: UNAIDS PCB NGO Delegation

There is a call for nominations for NGO Delegates in Asia Pacific and other regions, for the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board NGO Delegation 2014-2015. Deadline for applications is 12 August. Access more information here.

Deadline Extended: APCRSHR7

The deadline for abstract submissions at the 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR) has been extended until 31 July. Access more information here.


ICPD: Human Rights Conference  

The ICPD beyond 2014 Human Rights Conference in the Hague is currently underway, from 7-10 July. For those who wish to watch the plenary sessions, they are being webcast and can be accessed here. Join the conversation on Twitter using #icpd.

FP2020: Working Group Members Announced

FP2020 has announced the members of Working Groups who will provide technical guidance on accelerating the implementation of family planning commitments. The Rights & Empowerment Working Group is driven by Suzanne Ehlers from Population Action International (APA member) and Sivananthi Thanenthiran from the Asia-Pacific Resource and Research Center for Women. Read more here.

USA: Historic Day for Gay Rights as Doma is Struck Down

A landmark supreme court ruling struck down a controversial federal law that discriminated against gay couples in the US, delivering a stunning victory on Wednesday to campaigners who fought for years to overturn it. The court also dismissed a separate appeal against same-sex marriage laws in California, restoring the right to gay marriage in the largest US state and nearly doubling the number of Americans living in states where gay marriage would be legal. Read more in the Guardian here

HIV Breakthrough is Boosting Hopes of a Cure

Two American men appear to have overcome HIV, boosting hopes they will join a handful of people believed to have been cured of the virus and that a wider cure can be found. Doctors from the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston announced on Wednesday night that two previously HIV-positive patients no longer had detectable virus levels in their blood or tissue after having bone marrow stem-cell transplants to treat cancer between two and four years ago. Read more here.

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