E-NEWS AND INFORMATION ON SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS
APA’s Annual Report 2011 is now available and highlights APA member efforts and activities throughout the year towards increasing universal access to reproductive health. Access the 2011 Annual Report here.
A Civil Society Letter of Support circulated by IPPF in advance of the Family Planning Summit being held in London on 11 July recognizes the event’s potential to strengthen health systems, expand contraceptive choice and stimulate demand. APA is among 1,292 signatories gathered from 176 countries. The letter, along with the list of signatories, will be published in the Financial Times on 9 July. Read the Letter here.
Population Action International (PAI), along with partners, is organizing two sessions at the International AIDS Conference (IAC) being held in Washington DC, USA. “Rhetoric to Reality: Delivering Integrated HIV and Family Planning Services” is in Session Room 5, 18:30-20:30, on 23 July; and “In One Place: Delivering Reproductive Health and HIV Services Together” in Session Room 5, 18:30-20:30 on 24 July. Access a conference roadmap with all of the sessions here.
Mr. Ramon San Pascual is taking over leadership of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) as it celebrates its 30th year of operations. One of his first objectives is to work towards cooperation with AFPPD national committees and UNFPA country offices in order to move closer to achieving the ICPD goals. Mr. San Pascual, hailing from the Philippines, is the former Executive Director of the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD), a national committee member of AFPPD.
Nora Murat has been appointed as the new Regional Director of IPPF East and South East Asia & Oceania Region, and will join this September. Currently the Executive Director with Amnesty International Malaysia, Nora has considerable experience in the NGO field, both in Malaysia and internationally; in particular on issues related to women and human rights.
Celebrated on 11 July, the theme of World Population Day 2012 is Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services, to highlight the integral role that reproductive health plays in the creation of a just and equitable world. In the run-up to the day, read more about the celebration and the current state of reproductive health in Indonesia here.
A current call for proposals by UN WOMEN is focused on increasing capacity of the National Human Rights Institutes (NHRIs) to address their challenges on lack of transparency and accountability, lack of coordination and collaboration with CSOs and ineffective engagement and advocacy with state institutions. Deadline for applications is 15 July. Read more here.
Applications are now being accepted to a new project by Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) designed to build the capacity of rural, indigenous and minority (RIM) women’s organisations to be vocal and effective advocates for rights based approaches to development. Support will be granted to 9 partner organizations from communities in Asia and the Pacific to research and document evidence to support national and international advocacy for change on their priority issues. Deadline for applications is 12 July. Read more here.
Just released, the 2012 Millennium Development Goals report shows a disturbing lack of progress made on MDG5b, universal access to reproductive health. The unmet need for family planning remains persistently high in regions with low levels of contraceptive use. And aid for family planning as a proportion of total aid for health has concurrently declined. Read the 2012 report here.
The World Economic and Social Survey 2012 analyses current and proposed mechanisms for innovative development finance and highlights mechanisms that can 1) increase the scale of development financing available and 2) provide stable and predictable financing to enhance sustainable development. Access the full report here.
“Women and Girls Turning the Tide” is a satellite session is being held in the run-up to the International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Washington DC, USA. Join women and young people to discuss key issues on 22 July from 15:45 -17:45, in advance of the conference. Read more here.
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