September 2011

APA UPDATE #18 September 2011


In the run-up to the 6th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR6), APA Secretariat has focused this issue of the Update on events at the conference, which is being held from 19-22 October, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia at the esteemed Gadja Mada University, under the theme of 'Claiming Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Asian and Pacific Societies.'


APA Asks What Drives Donor to Invest in SRHR? at APCRSHR6

Join APA at ‘Sex and Money: what drives donors to invest in SRHR?’ session which brings together major regional stakeholders in the SRHR field to build a clear understanding on donors’ policies on global health and  linkages with SRHR; what donors can do together with NGOs from a rights-based and people centered perspective, and lessons learned from these experiences.   The session, organized by APA with International Planned Parenthood Foundation, East & South East Asia & Oceania Region (IPPF ESEAOR), in collaboration with Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) and Pathfinder International will take place on Thursday, 20 October, from 17.15 to 18.45.

APA Challenges NGOs to Deliver – and Place SRHR on Everyone’s Agenda! at APCRSHR6

Join APA to ask 'Will NGOs deliver? Time for effective strategies to place SRHR on everyone's agenda!'.  The session brings together NGOs to discuss how we can strengthen evidence and advocacy efforts to ensure that sexual and reproductive health and rights are included and prioritized in the development agendas and by funding agencies. The emphasis will be the identification of future opportunities lie and ideas for propelling the regional agenda forward. Organized in collaboration with APA members Family Planning International (FPI) New Zealand and Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP), the session will take place Friday, 21 October from 10.30 to 12.15.

APA SC Meeting in Yogyakarta

The APA Steering Committee (SC) Meeting will be held on 23 September in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. APA SC members will also be able to attend APRSHR6, prior to the meeting.

APA Participates in Regional Consultation on Proposal Writing for SRH

APA joined participants from 5 South East Asian nations in a capacity strengthening workshop on project proposal writing for international assistance on sexual and reproductive health assistance on sexual and reproductive health issues. The workshop, organized by APA member Planned Parenthood Association of Thailand (PPAT) with Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA), was attended by representives from Myanmar, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Mongolia and the Philippines and took place 21-23 September in Bangkok, Thailand.


AFPPD with Parliamentarians and Youth on SRHR at APCRSHR6

During the AFPPD session  'Parliamentarians and Young People speak out on SRHR'  examples of good practices from supportive politicians in the region  will be shared – including advocacy, working with  the community, involvement of young people and support of young people in policy and programming.  The session will take place Thursday 20 October at 17.15-18.45.

AFPPD addresses Political Commitment for Maternal Health at APCRSHR6

The AFPPD session ‘Enhancing Political Commitment for Maternal Health’ focuses on identifying gaps and challenges in the  regional context and  the critical tool that political will plays in addressing  maternal mortality,  including actions taken by parliamentarians at local and national levels.  The MP session will be held on Saturday 22 October at 13.30-15.15, and is organized in cooperation with UNFPA.


The International Council On Management of Population Programmes (ICOMP) session on 'Linking HIV with Sexual and Reproductive Health – What Have We Missed?'  will highlight the sharing of  country experiences; and  identify key actions in enhancing SRH HIV linkages in the region. The joint session with  UNFPA will take place at 17:15– 18:45 on 21 October.

ICOMP Addressing Family Planning Challenges at APCRSHR6

The ICOMP session on 'Addressing Challenges in Family Planning' aims to provide a platform for discussions towards advocating with government, civil society, and policymakers and programme managers in the region to attach higher priority to FP programmes and increase investments in order to achieve the MDGs - especially universal access to R H (MDG5b) and address the unmet need for family planning. It will assess progress made since the December 2010 Regional Consultation on Family Planning. The joint session with UNFPA will take place Saturday, 22 October, from 10.30 – 12.15.

ICOMP Shares Best Practices at APCRSHR6

The ICOMP session 'Enhancing Management Capacity towards Organizational Sustainability: Good Practices from ICOMP and Ford Foundation – Indonesia SRH NGOs' will share best practices from 4 Indonesian SRH-NGO grantees which were part of an initiative aiming to strengthen their organizational capacity by building leadership to take alternative courses of action towards organizational and financial sustainability;  helping the NGOs to continue and expand their advocacy, training and other relevant services for disadvantaged population groups in the country.  The joint session will take place Friday, 21 October from 10:30 to 12:15.

A Special Thanks to ARHA!

Australia Reproductive Health Alliance (ARHA) leaves a proud legacy of good work, passionate commitment and sound achievement as it ceases operation on September 30. The ARHA website will continue as a free and readily accessible resource about work in sexual and reproductive health past and present until 2013.  A special thanks go out to Jane Singleton, Mary Mertin Ryan, Alice Ruxton, Rose O’Conner, Joanna Lindner and all the ARHA staff for their hard work!


Global Fund Gender Equality Strategy: Work Remains!

The overall message if that much work remains to be done to achieve the effective implementation of the Global Fund Gender Equality Strategy to ensure women’s knowledge of and engagement with it across the globe, from an evaluation of the implementation of the Strategy by Fundación para el Estudio e Investigación de la Mujer (FEIM) & International AIDS Women Caucus (IAWC) and with the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS (GCWA).  Six key recommendations are highlighted in the “Recommendations for the Evaluation of Gender Equality Strategy for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria”.  Read the full report here.

Criminalizing Abortion an ‘Impermissible Barrier’ to Women’s Right to Health and SRHR According to New UN Report.

The Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council, Anand Grover, has released a groundbreaking report on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.  According to Grover “Criminal laws penalizing and restricting induced abortion are the paradigmatic examples of impermissible barriers to the realization of women’s right to health and must be eliminated. These laws infringe women’s dignity and autonomy by severely restricting decision-making by women in respect of their sexual and reproductive health.  Access the full Report here.

IPPF Films on SRHR for Girls Win International Award

The Girls Decide films produced for the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) won the prestigious International Video and Communications Award (IVCA) in the charity sector video category on 21 September.  The Girls Decide initiative, started by IPPF in 2010, embodies a positive approach to the sexual and reproductive health of young women and girls across the world and emphasizes the importance of access to services in improving their health, well-being and development.  Access the films here.

New DSW Toolkit on SRHR for Youth

A new publication by DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung)  "How to Reach Young Adolescents -- A toolkit for educating 10-14 year olds on sexual and reproductive health". Serving as an inspiration, planning tool and practical guide for NGOs, programme implementers, private industries and other interested stakeholders, this toolkit presents various replicable and practical methods, activities and best practices on how to increase young adolescents' sexual and reproductive health (SRH) knowledge and behaviour in a sustainable and efficient manner.  The toolkit can be downloaded here.

World Contraception Day

World Contraception Day was celebrated on 26 September.  For the occasion,  Conversations for a Better World, a youth community raising global issues and finding solutions, has a series of blogs available on the issue. Access the blogs here.

First Progress Report from the Alliance for Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn Health Now Available  

The first year progress report for the Alliance for Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn Health is now available. The five-year public/private global alliance includes USAID, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Initial efforts focused on developing productive partnerships among Alliance members, government partners, and civil society organizations through joint planning, coordinated implementation and joint funding, joint problem-solving, and joint learning. Read the report here.

'Find your number' and Access Resources on Women and Climate Change

Find ‘your number’ as the world approaches 7 billion using a new tool developed by Population Action International (PAI).  When you enter your birthdate, the tool helps  find  “your number”, share on Facebook and Twitter, and access videos and resources to learn more about world population issues  including a new documentary on women and climate change.  Access the tool here.

APA UPDATE #17 September 2011



Advocacy workshop on funding for family planning and reproductive health

Approximately 30 APA members and their developing country partners are looking forward to a dynamic and productive workshop  that will take place on 19 October, in the run up to Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APRSHR6). Jointly convened by APA and Family Planning International New Zealand, this Workshop aims to introduce strategic planning tools to gain skills to advocate for increased funding for family planning and reproductive health. The Workshop will be facilitated by Ms. Priya Emmert of the  Futures Group and will close with a special session by Jill Sheffield, President of Women Deliver.

APA Representation at High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS and MDGs

APA Secretariat has been invited to be represented, in observer status, at the Asia-Pacific High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Assessment of Progress Against Commitments in the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  The high level intergovernmental meeting will take place 1-3 November in Bangkok, and is organized by Economic and Social Division of Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in cooperation with the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNWOMEN), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).


Save the Date! Family Planning Pacific Forum

The ‘Family Planning Pacific’ Forum  aims to bring together stakeholders who are working in the Pacific towards the achievement of MDG 5b: 'Achieve, by 2015, Universal Access to Reproductive Health’.  Coordinated by Family Planning NSW on behalf of Sexual Health and Family Planning Australia (SHFPA), it will take place in Sydney, Australia on 15 - 16 November.  The objectives are to build a common understanding of the key issues and challenges to MDG5b in the Pacific; to strengthen collaboration among civil society and with key donors on achieving universal access to RH in the Pacific; to develop strategies including key recommendations to address the challenges. The project is part of the APA Advocacy Grants Programme.  More information will be made available shortly, but for further advance information please contact Ann Brassil on +61 2 87524311 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Raks Thai Abstracts Accepted to APCRSHR6

Congratulations to Raks Thai Foundation in Thailand on being accepted to present research abstracts at APCRSHR6.  Manop Jaitika, Nopparuch Muenkaew  and Sopida Suwannasopit from Raks Thai will be participating at the conference  in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, October 19-22.   The abstracts present a project that is supported by the APA Advocacy Grants Programme.

Family Planning New Zealand Highlighting Critical Pacific Women's Rights Issues

Critical Pacific women's rights issues  were highlighted by  Lives are on the Line: Sexual and Gender Based Violence in the Pacific" on 6 September, and "Women, Politics and Change" on 7 September.

Emerging Economy MPs Emphasize Critical Importance of SRHR

Parliamentarians from six Asia-Pacific Emerging Economies recognized that safeguarding Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for all people is of critical importance for all countries and communities across the region, as a priority for achieving equality, security, development and peace.  The Statement of Commitment from the Regional Consultation on ‘Emerging Economies and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights’ organized by Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) and partners is now available. Read the Statement here.


New Resource Explores the Links between HIV and Gender Inequality with Women from Fiji and PNG

“Experiences and Perspectives of Women Living with HIV in Fiji and Papua New Guinea: a Qualitative Study” has been published by the Pacific Islands AIDS Forum, to explore the connection between HIV and gender inequality. Read the study here.

SE Asian Opportunity for Research Training in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Rights and other current Human Rights Issues

An opportunity to gain research training on gender, sexuality and women’s rights; rights of vulnerable and marginalized groups; ASEAN and human rights; and other current human rights issues is being organized by the South East Asian Human Rights Studies Network (SEAHRN).  The ‘Training on Academic Research in Human Rights and Peace and Conflict' will take place 24-28 October in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, with scholarships available for South East Asian nationals.  Deadline of application is 23 September.  For more information access the call for applications and application form here.

7 Billion Actions

7 Billion Actions is call to action as the world’s population will top seven billion people in October 2011.  The United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, is leading this innovative global initiative utilizing the power of social media, with a number of  events being live-streamed –  read more and participate here.

Deadline Extended for Disability, Sexuality and Rights Online Course

The deadline for a 9 week online course for practitioners and activists in Sexuality Disability, Social Justice, Public Health, Development and Media has been extended to 25 Septermber.  The course is being organized by CREA, and will run from 17 October - 17 December.  Read more and apply here

AWID Resources for Monitoring and Evaluation

The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) has several resources  available  for the  monitoring and evaluation (M&E)of women’s organizations, including   Strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation for Women's Rights Thirteen Insights for Women's Organizations and the The Power of Investing in Women's Rights and Empowerment a Mid-term Summary of the MDG3 Fund and its Gender Equality Outcomes.

AWID has also produced a ‘wiki’ on M&E, to stimulate experience sharing and build a body of practical knowledge and experience of M&E in terms of measuring gender equality (or other related human rights issues).  Active participation s encouraged, to shape the contents to fit your needs and aims. Read more and access the wiki here.

New website for DSW

Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung (DSW) has a new website.  Access the website here.

APA UPDATE #16 September 2011



Results Available from Online Consultation on Key Affected Women and Girls in HIV/AIDS

The Summary Report from the online consultation on “What Strategies would you prioritise to address the needs and rights of key affected women and girls in HIV and AIDS programmes?” jointly conducted by APA Secretariat and Citizen News Service (CNS) is now available.  Access the Report here.

Women’s Forum at ICAAP10 Highlights SRHR Needs of Key Affected Groups of Women and Girls in the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

SRHR needs of vulnerable groups of women and children were stressed in the key messages from the Women’s Forum on August 25, in the run-up to International Congress on AIDS in Asia Pacific (ICAAP10), in Busan, Republic of Korea.  APA Secretariat and APA Member Raks Thai were represented at the Women’s Forum, along with close to 40 women, girls and NGO representatives for key affected groups of women and girls in the HIV/AIDS concentrated epidemic in the Asia Pacific region.  The key messages from the Women’s Forum were delivered to global leaders at the Opening Ceremony of ICAAP10. Read the Statement here.


APA Member Appointed to NGO Delegation for UNAIDS PCB

Ms. Jane Bruning, National Coordinator at Positive Women Inc. in New Zealand, has been appointed as an alternate delegate to the UNAIDS Program Coordinating Board (PCB). Read more here.

AFPPD Regional Parliamentarians’ Consultation on Emerging Economies and SRHR 

Mobilizing to increase the allocation of Official Development Assistance (ODA) for sexual and reproductive health rights-related (SRHR) programmes, and taking a broader and more strategic approach to South-South cooperation for SRHR, were among the actions called for by parliamentarians from six Asia Pacific countries at the Regional Parliamentarians’ Consultation on Emerging Economies and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights organized by APA member Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) and partners,  in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Read more here

SRHR Key Issue in New ‘Pacific Young Women’s Leadership Strategy’  

The new 'Safe. Respected. Included. Connected. Skilled: A Pacific Young Women's Leadership Strategy'  was developed after consultations with young women in Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa, Australia, Solomon Islands and New Zealand, and an expert reference group of representatives from regional organizations, including  the Director of Family Planning International (FPI), New Zealand. SRHR was identified as a key issue in the strategy.   Read more here.


UNAIDS Executive Director Emphasizes Key Issues in the Asia Pacific HIV/AIDS Epidemic at ICAAP 10

In his speech at the Opening Ceremony of ICAAP10, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe stressed the evolution of the HIV Epidemic in Asia Pacific.   Three key issues were underscored : 1. the region has only about one-third of the funding needed to achieve universal access; 2. the available money isn’t being allocated in a smart, cost-effective way; 3. across the region, new infections are highly concentrated among vulnerable populations—men who have sex with men, transgendered people, sex workers and people who inject drugs—but the community organizations that serve these groups receive only a tiny fraction of AIDS resources.  Read more of the speech here.

Civil Society Statement on Violence at ICAAP10

Members of civil society organizations have released a statement regarding violence which took place on 27 August 2011, during a peaceful protest against Free Trade Agreements (FTA) inside the ICAAP conference site, when Korean and international participants were subject violent abuse at the hands of the South Korean police. A statement addressing the failure of the AIDS Society of Asia and the Pacific, the Local Organising Committee and the UN to predict, prevent and effectively intervene in the violence that took place on the 27 of August has also been released. Read the Civil Society Statements here For more information, see also 10th ICAAP Turns its Back on Human Rights article by Citizen News Service.

What Works for Women

What Works for Women is a new website which provides strategies and evidence on a full range of gender-sensitive programming for women and girls.  Evidence for HIV/AIDS Intervention is a comprehensive review of data from HIV/AIDS interventions for women and girls was taken from  nearly 100 countries  and produced by the Open Society Institute. 

Booming Reproductive Tourism in Asia Threatens Local Medical Services

Local health services in low income countries and women of reproductive age are the little-publicized victims of booming demand for cheap assisted reproduction from people in rich countries, a review in the journal Reproductive Health says.  Read more here.

New UNAIDS Report Highlights Inadequate Focus on Key Populations at Risk of HIV in Asia Pacific

The AIDS epidemic in Asia and the Pacific is at a crossroads, according to the new ‘HIV in Asia and the Pacific: Getting to Zero’ report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). While the region has seen impressive gains – including a 20% drop in new HIV infections since 2001 and a three-fold increase in access to antiretroviral therapy since 2006 – progress is threatened by an inadequate focus on key populations at higher risk of HIV infection and insufficient funding from both domestic and international sources. Read the Report here.

Intelligence Brief on Anti-Choice Opposition In Europe

Opponents of sexual and reproductive health and rights have been active across Europe in the first semester of 2011.  The European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF) has produced an overview of antichoice initiatives across Europe from January - August 2011.  Access the Intelligence Brief here.

IPPF New Director General

The new Director General of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Mr. Tewodros Melesse, took up his position on September 1.  Read more here.

APCRSH Early Bird Registration Deadline

September 17, 2011 is the deadline for Early Bird Registration for the 6th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR), being held from 19-22 October 2011 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

EuroNGOs SRHR and Development Cooperation Conference Deadline Extended

The deadline to register for the “Future Perspectives on Development Cooperation – Putting SRHR on the Right Track”  EuroNGOs Conference and AGM, from 13th-14th October 2011 in  Warsaw, Poland,  has been extended until the 9th September 2011.  Read more here.

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