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Pro-Life Groups Prayer Rally Against Conference of Death

















Once again, we are called upon to fulfill our sacred duty to defend life. Pro-Life groups,  Pro-Life Philippines, Filipinos For Life, Soldiers of Christ,Couples for Christ/Singles for Christ Global Mission Fdn Inc.,Diocese of Lipa, San Luis Batangas, Light of Jesus Community, Quiapo Family and Life, CFC, Las Pinas, Kapatiran Party, Commission on Family & Life-ARCAM, Center for Life, Alliance for Family ALFI, Caritas, Defensores Fidei,Servants Community, Lara Family, Santos Family and Carloan Family  held a prayer rally to  be seen, heard and to  be voices of the unborn, the poor, and the weak, in the early morning of January 21, 8:00am-10:00am.


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The day and the place is the 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR)  held at Philippine International Convention Center on January 21-24, 2014.Close to a hundred NGOs are participating in this conference.

We all know that Reproductive Health is a misnomer; it pays lip service to pregnant women, that they may remain healthy during their pregnancy, and neither does it promote good health. It is quite unfortunate that the only choice they give is a choice between what contraceptive or family planning method women want to avail of, where we should be empowering women through education, skills training, and job opportunities that lead to better choices in life.

The event is a three-day conference that will talk about the different aspects of Reproductive health, and the anti-life camp has spared no expense in inviting foreign delegation to speak in this conference. Close to half of their topics include the youth and how to educate them using anti-life teachings and doctrines and abortion. (Topics Title in RED BOLD LETTERS)

7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights

Philippine International Convention Center

January 21-24, 2014

C O N F E R E N C E  P R O G R A M

Part 1: Youth Conference

Day 0 (Monday, January 20, 2014)  Youth Advocates Night

Day 1 (Tuesday, January 21, 2014)  Youth Conference Opening Ceremony

Philippine National Anthem: UP Kontra Gapi

Opening Remarks: Jeross Aguilar,Chairperson, Youth Steering Committee

Solidarity Message: HRH Gusti Pembayun, Royal Princess of the Kingdom and Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Solidarity Message: Kate Gilmore,Assistant Secretary – General and Deputy Executive Director, UNFPA

Solidarity Message: Tewodross Melesse,Director General, IPPF

Keynote Speech: Sen. Pia Cayetano,Philippine Senate, 15th Congress

Education : CSO/Development Partner: Justine Sass,UNESCO, Bangkok

         Youth: Jecel Tandoc Censoro,Checkmyschool, Philippines

Employment and Livelihood CSO/Development Partner: Percival Vilar Cendaña,  Commisioner-at-Large, NYC, Philippines

Youth: Nyein Ei Nway, Volunteer Worker, MMCWA

Health :CSO/Development Partner: Nora Murat,Regional Director, East and South East Asia and Oceania Regional Director

Youth: Ngaire Jasmine Utanga, Cook Islands Family Welfare Association

            Youth Fair

Humanitarian Response: Anzaira Roxas (Philippines) and Marvin Ted Membreve (Philippines)

Social Enterprise: Umme Mahbuba (Bangladesh) and Natasha Erika Jane Siaron (Philippines)

Sustainable Development: Angga Dwi Martha (Indonesia)

Youth Leadership: Christian Dumangeng (Philippines

Youth and Disability: Loc Troung (Vietnam) and Aye Chan Aung (Myanmar)

Youth Religion and Culture: Heather Morecroft (Australia) and Sulminda Imao (Philippines)

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Tushar Malik (India) and Rizky Murdiono (Indonesia)

Mainstreaming CSE in Schools:Shambhavi Poudel (Nepal) and Genesis Galap (Philippines)

Meaningful Youth Participation on Policy Advocacy: Jonathan Monis (Philippines) and

Dakshitha Wickremarathne (Sri Lanka)

Abortion and Young People: Shughla Ismail (Pakistan) and Truong Vu (Vietnam)

Presentation of the 7th APCRSHR Youth Manila Challenge

                                                Rapporteurs per thematic discussion

Walk-through the Main Conference

Mario Balibago and Danica Magtubo

Formal Opening of the Youth Village      

            First Satellite Session:

Building strategic alliances – Religion and SRHR (ARROW & WPF Rutgers)

Inform, empower, embrace and advance! Experiences from adolescent and youth programs (Pathfinder International)

Diverse approaches to educate young people in schools on issues related to their health and well being (UNFPA India)

Adolescent reproductive health(UNFPA Philippines)

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in Humanitarian Settings (IPPF, SARO)

The bittersweet passage of the Reproductive Health Law (The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10354), informally known as the Reproductive Health Law or RH Law (POPCOM)

Part 2: General Conference

Day 2 (Wednesday, January 22, 2014)

General Conference Opening Ceremony

            National Anthem:Orchestra of the Filipino Youth

Welcome Performance:El Gamma Penumbra

Opening Remarks: Eden R. Divinagracia, Convenor, 7th APCRSRH

                Welcome Speech: Enrique Ona, Secretary of the Philippine Department of Health

                Inspirational Speech: Kate Gilmore, Assistant Secretary and Deputy Executive Director, UNFPA

                Keynote Address: Nafis Sadik, Former Executive Director, UNFPA,

Plenary Speakers
Gita Sen, Centre for Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management
Saramma Thomas Mathai, Regional Expert on Sexual & Reproductive Health & Family Planning
Jeross Aguilar, Trustee, International Planned Parenthood Federation
Chair: Pilar Ramos-Jimenez

First Plenary Session
Track 1: Overview of  SRHR performance including good practices,lessons learned, challenges and future directions (beyond 2015), for diverse groups and social settings in addressing  the ICPD-POA andin meeting the MDGs and other related commitments

Sub-Regional Plenary Session
Review and analysis of the SRHR performance in relation to the ICPD-POA and  MDGs

Track 1.1 East Asia
Chika Hyodo, Assistant Professor, Waseda University
Asel Turgonova, Youth Specialist, UNFPA, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Chair: Sono Aibe
Co-chair: Sumie Ishii

Track 1.2 Pacific and Oceania
Glen Mola, Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Papua New Guniea
Rebecca Kubunavanua, Positive Network Coordinator, Fiji Network of People Living with HIV
Ngaire Jasmine Utanga, Cook Islands Family Welfare Association
Chair: Juliana Riparip
Co-chair: Nora Murat

Track 1.3 South Asia
Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, Population Foundation of India
Babu Ram Pant, Youth Human Rights Activist
Chair: Anjali Sen
Co-chair: Benjamin de Leon

Track 1.4 Southeast Asia (Including the Mekong countries)
Thein Thein Htay, Deputy Director General for Public Health, Ministry of Health, Myanmar
Junice Melgar, Executive Director, Likhaan
Angga Dwi Martha, Youth Leader Advocate
Chair: Romeo Arca
Co-chair: Emmeline Verzosa

Second Satellite Session

Humanitarian challenges and response (UNFPA Philippines)

Improving the sexual and reproductive health of young people in diverse settings in India (UNFPA India)

Harmful practices: Ending child marriage and female genital mutilation (UNFPA Indonesia)

What’s the Law got to do with it? Examining legal and policy barriers affecting young people’s access to SRH information and services(UNFPA and UNESCO)

Integrated counselling: Addressing unmet needs of sexual and reproductive health & rights(IPPF, SARO)

Strengthening youth access to sexual and reproductive health and rights in Indonesia (Hivos SRHR Task Force)

Reproductive rights, family planning and population stabilization in India (FPA India)

Making the visionary SRHR development goal a reality (WGNNR, APA, and ARROW)

The secret history of sex, choice and catholics (Catholics for Choice)

Transformative communication sustain the gains and push forward ICPD and MDGs (PNGOC)                     

Welcome Reception: Asia Pacific Night *Delegates to wear their national dress/clothes

RH ACADEMY (Capacity Building Sessions)

 Day 2 (Wednesday, January 22, 2014)

Workshop: Using cartoons in the journey of social (UNFPA India

Catholic’s HIV Response in the Philippines: Father Rodolfo Vicente Cancino, Jr.

Social Media Strategies: Ana Santos

Day 3 (Thursday, January 23, 2014)

Second Plenary Session
Track 2: Good SRHR Practices in Formal and Informal Health Systems(Focus on the Six Pillars— Governance, Health Facilities, Health Financing,Human Resources, Regulations and Health Information) Issues and Challenges

Plenary Speakers
Purnima ManePresident & CEO, Pathfinder International Headquarter
Steven Krauss, Director, UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Asia and the Pacific
Desty AryaniYayasan Pendidikan Kesehatan Perempuan
Chair: Jose Rimon        

Parallel Session (Good Practices for Different RH Elements)

            Track 2.1: Maternal, Neonatal Child Health & Nutrition (MNCHN)

National MNCHN Programs: Improving access, utilization and quality of services
a) Yuanhong Xiao (China): Improving access to women’s reproductive health in Qinghai Province, China
b) Kamala Adhikari (Nepal): Combined approach of community involvement and health facility strengthening on improving the   utilization of maternal health services in rural Nepal

c) Chanlida Heng (Cambodia): Better birthing care through regular clinical skills practice
d) Myo-Myo Mon (Myanmar): Improvement of essential newborn care practices in Ayeyarwady and

Magway Regions of Myanmar
Chair: Wame Baravilala
Co-chair: Marita Reyes

National MNCHN Programs: What works?
a) Tapash Roy (Bangladesh): Etiology and context of maternal deaths in urban slums of six cities in Bangladesh:

Implication for service delivery
b) Paresh Khadtale (India): Providing quality reproductive health care services in public health care facility in India:

Issues and challenges
c) Pauline Jean Rosell-Ubial (Philippines):  From FHB to CHT: Reaching diverse population segments using health navigators
Chair:  Sumie Ishii
Co-chair:  Rebecca Ramos

Better behaviour for better MNCHN
a) Nauruj Jahan (Bangladesh): Improving health and nutritional status of neonate, infant and young child in urban slums of Bangladesh: BRAC’s experience
b) Susana Codotco (Philippines): Community radio: A norm in reaching hard-to-reach areas for RH information and services
c) Shankarappa Talawar (India): Factors of stress among rural pregnant women and their care-seeking behaviour in India
Chair: Ko Ko Maw
Co-chair: Faith Bacon

Is integration effective in MNCHN Program?
a) Laila Rahman (Bangladesh/Canada): Merging the silos of sexual health and violence against women prevention programs in Bangladesh: A turn toward right direction?
b) Syed Mohsin Raza (Pakistan): Expanding access to integrated reproductive health care as a comprehensive service for women
c) Manisha Bhise (India): Integrating poverty alleviation and SRHR
Chair: Guilia Vallese
Co-chair: Easter Dasmarinas

Investing in MNCHN: Who pays, who benefits?
a) Dipti Govil (India): Cost effectiveness of Janani Suraksha Yojana: A case from India
b) Linh Thi Quy Nguyen (Vietnam): Increasing quality and uptake of sexual reproductive health and family planning services at commune health stations though an innovative voucher scheme and government social franchising in Vietnam
c) Forhana Rahman Noor (Bangladesh): Does voucher scheme have an impact on out-of-pocket expenditure and utilization of delivery care services in rural Bangladesh?
Chair: Sivananthi Thanenthiran
Co-chair: Cecilia Acuin

Track 2.2: Family Planning

Translating FP advocacy through policy and action
a) Sadia Chowdhury (Bangladesh): Do family planning policies influence teen pregnancy? A qualitative study in Bangladesh and India
b) Adnan Khan (Pakistan): Accountability implications of family planning in population and health policy implementation in Pakistan
c) Indira Laksmi (Indonesia/The Netherlands): Family planning revisited in Indonesia: A call for a stronger national program
d) Gaurav Sharma (Nepal): Using data for decision making: Revitalizing family planning programmes in Nepal
Chair: Jose Ferraris
Co-chair: Tomas Osias

Models in long-acting and permanent methods
a) Fatema Shabnam (Bangladesh): Female sterilization: A preferred contraceptive method to address unmet need for family planning in Bangladesh
b) Alejo Aralar (Philippines): Establishment of a Department of Health training system for Bilateral Tubal Ligation using MiniLaparotomy under local anesthesia
c) Brian Smith (Australia): Family planning is men’s business: Increasing non-scalpel vasectomy in Papua New Guinea
d) Arjun Aryal (Nepal): Cost effectiveness of long- acting reversible contraceptives and permanent methods: A comparison of static versus mobile outreach service delivery models of family planning clinics in Nepal
Chair: Julianto Witjaksono
Co-chair:  Rosalinda Marcelino

Closing the gap for FP long-acting methods
a) Dinesh Man Singh Pradhan (Nepal): Addressing unmet need for family planning among poor, marginalized socially-excluded and underserved population in Nepal through long-acting reversible contraceptives and permanent methods: A comparative study
b) Md. Azmal Hossain (Bangladesh): SEEDs of systems strengthening: Mayer Hashi helps improve the uptake of LA/PMs in Bangladesh
c) Bernabe Marinduque (Philippines): Post-partum IUD service: An intervention package to address Filipinas unmet need for modern family planning
Chair: Kamarazzuman Ali
Co-chair: Corazon Raymundo

Bringing FP services closer to the marginalized: Community-based interventions
a) Deepa Banstola (Nepal): Influencing factors in utilization of family planning service among slum and city dwellers of Pokhara
b) Lutaf Ali (Pakistan): Family planning practices among rural communities in Pakistan
c) Junice Melgar (Philippines): SRHR services for the urban poor in Metro Manila
Chair: Nora Murat
Co-chair: Gessen Rocas

Generating demand for FP services
a) Lieu Thi Thuy  Trinh (Australia): Review of health information on contraceptive use in Australia
b) Luzviminda Muego (Philippines): Community-based family planning monitoring information system for identifying unmet need
c) Elissa Kennedy (Australia): The case for investing in family planning in the Pacific: Costs and benefits of reducing unmet need for   contraception in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands
Chair: John Pile
Co-chair: Benjamin de Leon

Where are the men? What are they doing?
a) Abhishek Gautam (India): Men’s behaviour and attitude towards gender equality and their role in maternal health, child care and domestic work in Nepal and Vietnam
b) Nur Arifa Yuniati (Indonesia): Increasing male involvement in women’s reproductive health through health education provided by young midwives
c) Perfecto Uysingco (Philippines): Male involvement in FP: TRIDEV’s experiences from the field
Chair: Kiran Bhatia
Co-chair: Joseph Michael Singh

Engaging men in SRHR
a) Le Thi Lan Anh (Vietnam): Addressing masculinity to reduce school violence: A case study in Vietnam
b) Aurelio Camilo Naraval, Jr. (Philippines): Scaling up family planning through men’s involvement: Mr. GAD’s experiences in Davao City, Philippines

c) Tanisha Chadha (India): Efforts aimed at involving and engaging men in ending gender discrimination and providing access to sexual and reproductive health and rights
Chair: Terence Hull
Co-chair: Romeo Lee

Public-private partnership: The new normal?
a) Sofoora Kawsar Usman (Maldives): Public-private partnerships – The case of universal health insurance:  Relevance to the Maldives
b) Franklin John Francisco (Philippines): Improving maternal health through public-private partnership
c) Gloria Balboa (Philippines): Public-private partnerships for increasing access to quality training:

Experience from Bicol
Chair: Wasim Zaman
Co-chair:  Jondi Flavier

            Track 2.3:  Improving women’s access to post-abortion care

a) Haris Ahmed (Pakistan): Advocacy for post-abortion care services in Pakistan
b) Thoai Ngo (Cambodia): Promising innovations to improve post-abortion family planning services
c) Kamal Biswas (Bangladesh): Lessons learned from integration of post-abortion care, menstrual regulation, and family planning services in Bangladesh
d) Anna de Guzman (USA): Facilitating young women’s access to post-abortion and safe abortion care: A Review of National Standards and Guidelines in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal
Chair: Kathy Mulville
Co-chair: Edelina de la Paz

Track 2.4: Stop RH cancers

a) Cecilia Lladines-Llave (Philippines): CECAP (Cervical Cancer Prevention Network Program) at community
doorsteps: A practical approach in preventing cervical cancer in the Philippines
b) Kumkum Pal (India): Community-led advocacy to increase early diagnosis of cervical cancer among women living with HIV in India
c) Maria Jocelyn Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala (Philippines): Breast cancer: Advocacy and networking experiences  of ICanServe Foundation
Chair: Virgilio Oblepias
Co-chair: Rose Koenders 

            Track 2.5:  STI/HIV & AIDS

From laboratory to community: Positive engagement of key affected populations toward getting to zero
a) Chingsubam Singh Bangkim (India): Community driven approaches strengthening SRHR in the HIV/AIDS   program among vulnerable, marginalized youths in Manipur
b) Junice Ng (Singapore): Factors associated with non-attendance in public STI clinic in Singapore 

c) Wah Wah Aung (Myanmar): Laboratory-diagnostic approach as an essential component for screening sexually transmitted infections/reproductive tract infections among vulnerable populations in Myanmar: A decade experience and future direction
d) Nisha Jagdish Poojary (India): Integrated services influence stigma reduction for people living with HIV including young people and key population groups
Chair: Oldri Sherli Mukuan
Co-chair:  Noel Quimpo

New Biomedical Technologies(MSD and foreign health experts

Nola SavageRegistered Nurse, Queen Elizabeth Hospital (South Australia)
Brett JohnsonAsia Pacific Director of Medical Affairs for Women’s Health, Merck Sharp and Dohme 

Moderator: Rebecca Ramos

Field Visit

Blue Star Birthing and Family Planning Clinic

Cattleya Well Family Midwife Clinic

                Family Planning Organization of the Philippines

                Klinika Bernardo

                Likhaan Clinic

                Positive Action Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI)

LoveYourself Hub

                San Dionisio Clinic (Baluti)

Third Plenary Session
Track 3: Sexual and reproductive rights in ‘ordinary’ or non-crisis settings and during humanitarian response: Good practices, issues and challenges

Plenary Speakers
Michael TanDean, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines
Tara Chetty, Program Director, Fiji Women’s Rights Movement
Anzaira Roxas, Family Planning Organization of the Philippines
Chair: Rosalia Sciortino

Track 3.1: SRHR Education

Comprehensive sexuality education program: Gains, challenges and future directions
a) Thuy Kim Nguyen (Vietnam): Ensure sexual and reproductive health and rights of Vietnamese students nowadays
b) Baby Rivona (Indonesia): SRHR education for Indonesian women living with HIV
c) Harold Marshall (Philippines): Peer Education in ARH: Experiences in Western Visayas, Philippines
d) Wanhong Gao (China): The practice of the sexual peer education to university students under the perspective of social work: A case study of three universities in Yunnan
Chair: Josephine Sauvarin
Co-chair:  Fely Rixhon
Engaging adults and youth in comprehensive sexuality education (CSE)
a) Lyra Santos Borja (Philippines): Learning Package on Parent Education on Adolescent Health and Development (LPED-AHD)
b) Arlinda Fety Roviana (Indonesia): Improve role of mother in providing CSE to family and communities in Solo City
c) Jackylyn Robel (Philippines): Scaling up the  Pre-Marriage Counselling Program in the Philippines
Chair: Inayah Rohmaniyah
Co-chair: May Corpuz

Track 3.2:  ARH/Adolescent and Youth

Youth-friendly SRHR information and services
a) Sana Iqbal (Pakistan): Ensuring public responsiveness of youth-friendly SRHR service in Pakistan

b) Almerindo da Costa Cardoso (Timor-Leste): Let’s talk about sex: Piloting the KISS Infoline as an accessible source of sexual and reproductive health information for young people in Timor-Leste
c) Phyu Phyu Thin Zaw (Myanmar): 
Youth-friendliness of current reproductive health services in Mandalay, Myanmar, and challenges towards their improvement: Youth and providers’ perspectives
Chair: Lara Cousins
Co-chair: Mario Balibago

Expanding SRHR services for young people
a) Marselina Tolande (Indonesia): Lesson learned from the field: New role of young midwives as peer educators in the community
b) Amita Dhanu (India): Scalingup priority interventions for adolescent girls’ reproductive health: Experience from a slum in Mumbai, India
c) Myat Thu San (Myanmar): Strengthening of integrated services by understanding sexual and reproductive health (SRH) issues of young people in Myanmar

d) Kamal Kanny (Malaysia): Reaching out to juvenile home youths by advocating sexual & reproductive rights
Chair: Jeanette  Slootbeck
Co-chair: Emee Lei Albano-Valdehueza

Track 3.3:  Reducing STI, HIV/AIDS risks

a) Elke Mitchell (Australia): The role of peer education in preventing STIs/HIV among young people in Suva, Fiji
b) Mahaboob Munavar Basha (India): Promoting SRH-HIV linkages for transgender population in India
c) Yun Zhang (China): Addressing SRHR through introduction of a new dual protection option for women
d) Jerson See (Philippines): Towards an engaged advocacy: The case of Cebu Plus Association Incorporated
Chair: Eric Tayag
Co-chair: Justine Sass

Track 3.4:  Innovative approaches to combat VAW

a) Asifa Khanum (Pakistan): Women as compensation: Adopting non-confrontation and innovative approaches for addressing the issue
b) Tam Thi Thanh Tran (Vietnam): Active and mobile approach has been effective and inexpensive in identifying women who have experience with violence: Screening in reproductive health care campaign in Vietnam
c) Rina Eko Widarsi (Indonesia): Recovery of domestic violence survivors
d) Claire Luczon (Philippines): Combating VAW at the Legal Front
Chair: Siti Musdah Mulia
Co-chair: Teresa Balayon

Track 3.5: ARH/Adolescent & Youth

Young people in emergency and conflict situations
a) Chyen Bee Low (Malaysia): Low Sexuality Road Show
b) Nisrina Nadhifah Rahman (Timor-Leste/Indonesia): What happens after the conflict is declared over? A qualitative study of the condition of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of adolescent and youth in post-conflict area (Atambua, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia-Timor-Leste Border Area)
c) Mohammad Mahfuzur Rahman (Bangladesh): Adolescent sexual, reproductive health and rights during natural disaster: Issues and challenges from a disaster-prone country
Chair: Florence Tayson
Co-chair:  Aiza Baldonado

Young people’s SRH: Quo vadis?
a) Janna Oberdorf (USA): Delivering for youth: Our shared future
b) Kamala Adhikari (Nepal): Use of maternal health services and decision making power in adolescent mother in rural Nepal
c) Ana Ebo (Philippines): Breaking barriers, leading for change: Youth transformative leadership challenge
d) Joseph Ryan Korbarri (Indonesia): Global dialogue narrative competition: Voicing sexuality and reproductive health in young people through narrative writing
Chair: Margaretha Sitanggang
Co-chair: Lady Lisondra

Track 3.6: Special Population Groups

Improving access of indigenous people to SRHR information and services
a) Kaniz Gausia (Australia): Screening and management of antenatal emotional wellbeing in indigenous women attending for Antenatal Care Service, Australia
b) Novi Dayanti (Indonesia): Reproductive healthcare access for Orang Rimba (Indigenous People) in Bukit Duabelas National Park, Jambi Province-Indonesia
c) Calvin de los Reyes (Philippines): Towards healthier indigenous mothers and children in the Philippines: Utilizing the Maternal and Child Health Handbook Strategy among the Tagbanua of Coron Island, Palawan
d) Le Ngoc Bao (Vietnam): Introduction and institutionalization of a medical anthropology curriculum in medical schools: An approach to improving health care for ethnic minority populations in Vietnam

Chair: Fatima Castillo
Co-chair: Desiree Concepcion Aragones

Protecting sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) rights and improving their access to SRH services
a) Padma Dubey (India): A culture of violence against MTH (MSM, Transgender and Hijra) community: Threat to their sustainability in India
b) Bipna Shrestha (Nepal): HIV and AIDS prevention services for LGBTI community in Nepal
c) Feri Setyana Cahyaningsih (Indonesia): Reducing violence against LBGT through organizing youth religious groups and LGBT communities‘ regular meeting
Chair: Vicente Jurlano
Co-chair: Grace Chan

Advancing SOGI rights
a) Renu Kapoor (India): Approaches for strengthening TG communities for effective utilization of HIV-related services
b) Saroj Tamang (Nepal): Sexual health rights intervention policy and strategy excludes third genders
c) Sharful Islam Khan (Bangladesh): Health and well being of gender and sexual diverse people in the area of HIV and AIDS: Addressing equity or accelerating inequity?
d) Dede Oetomo (Indonesia): Protecting and advancing SRHR of LGBTIQ:  Experiences of GAYa NUSANTRA and its network in Indonesia
Chair: Vanessa Coria
Co-chair: Raine Cortes

Promoting SRHR information and alliances among differently-abled population
a) Dakshitha Wickremarathne (Sri Lanka): Providing education and information about sexual & reproductive health for differently-abled young people
b) Venusiaika Puspitasari (Indonesia): Building cross-sector alliance on SRHR issue: Differently-abled, SRHR, and women organizations
c) Cathy Vaughan (Australia) and Jesusa Marco (Philippines): Understanding the experiences of women with disability in the Philippines: A fundamental step towards the achievement of sexual and reproductive health for all
Chair: Melania Hidayat
Co-chair: Josefa Francisco

Improving SRHR information and services for people in sex work
a) Hira Dahal (Nepal): Mobile counselling camp: An effective medium to reduce women’s exposure to sexual exploitation in cabin restaurants, dance bars, and massage parlours in Kathmandu, Nepal
b) Thi da Kyaw (Myanmar): The effectiveness of awareness raising interventions on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) issues on female sex workers in Myanmar
c) Thanh Hoa Pham (Vietnam): Reduction of unwanted-pregnancy among female sex workers by peer-educator support
d) Shammila Aruchunan (Malaysia): Sex workers need sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services too!
Chair: Alexandra Louise Johns
Co-chair: Mercy Panggabean

Women’s rights to safe abortion services
a) Marge Berer (London): Abortion in the criminal law: Exposing the role of health professionals, the police, the courts and imprisonment internationally
b) Monisha Vaid (India): Understanding women’s perspectives on dealing with unwanted pregnancies: Results from PEER study in rural Madhya Pradesh, India
c) Terrence Hull (Australia): Abortion in Islamic societies: A comparison of Iran and Indonesia
d) Yang Yu (China): Enhancing Peer Education for safe abortion advocacy in China

Chair: Ninuk Widyantoro
Co-Chair: Junice Melgar

Infertility and surrogacy
a) Sulochana Pednekar (India): Infertility observed in a community study “Stree Arogya Shodh”: A women’s health program in Goa, India
b) Linda Bennett (Australia): Preventing infertility among Indonesian women: The imperative of providing comprehensive reproductive health education at the primary health care level
c) Ritika Mukherjee (India): Paid mothers: An exploratory study on the commercial surrogacy in India
Chair: Marlene Gerber Fried
Co-chair:  Rosena Sanchez

Access to medical abortion
a) Belinda Spagnoletti (Australia): Can the promotion of safe emergency contraception use reduce unsafe abortion in Indonesia?
b) Shoaib Shahzad (Pakistan): Clinical protocols and policy formulation for Misoprostol use in AJK, Balochistan, KP and FATA-Pakistan
c) Shiang Cheng Lim (Malaysia): To do or not to do: Factors affecting willingness of medical doctors in Malaysia to provide abortion-related services as a reproductive right of women
Chair: Nando Ejano
Co-chair:  Marevic Parcon

From a distance: Ensuring SRHR of migrant workers
a) Shankarappa Talawar (India): Addressing HIV risk and vulnerability among cross-border migrant workers in Mumbai, India
b) Teresita Elegado (Philippines): Reproductive Health and Human Rights Advocacy, Protection and Services for Overseas Domestic Workers (RHAPSODY)
c) Rattanaporn Poungpattana (Thailand): The SRHR and situation of migrants from MEKONG countries and the responses of Raks Thai Foundation
Chair: Caridad Tharan
Co-chair:  Stella Go


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2 Responses to “Pro-Life Groups Prayer Rally Against Conference of Death”
  1. Dan says:

    I am a pro-life faithful but let me critique those pictures you posted and believe me, I am not against the attendees. But the truth is, “Manipis” o “konte” ang sumulpot! Compared to the multitudes of Devotees to the Quiapo Black Nazarene procession! Bakit? Why is that? What is the difference ? Their both about our faith and religion. Is the Black Nazarene prosession about their indulgencies or themselves and this is about an unborn human being??? Maybe we need to ask those “Catholics” and educate them about their faith!

  2. Sr. Athens says:

    Courageously standing for life! Viva! Even if you find yourself alone, move on! ProLife movement is trending; the youth of the world are watching. They listen not to what we say but learn much from what we do.

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