Advocates at PAI are critical of deepcuts in the international family planningprograms in Bush administration’s 2008budget proposal but a Democratic-controlled Congress is likely to reversethem, as the Republican-controlledCongress did last year. The advocatesacknowledge that the administration’sefforts to increase the financing of programs to combat AIDS and malariaare likely to help prevent the deaths of many children.The group’s researchers found thatsome countries that have aggressivelypursued family planning programshave signiﬁcantly changed their agestructures in a relatively brief span of 25 years. The report cites Iran as anexample. Since the 1990s, Iran hasmade modern contraceptives availablefree at public clinics. Births are down totwo children per woman, from six and a
When people think reproductiveissues are girlie because it involves a woman’s biology, they ignore the social, political and economic impact of not paying attention to these matters. And it reflects a pervasive attitudethat if it’s about women, it’sunimportant, but if it’s about what hugeweapons system tobuy, that’s moremanly and moreimportant”.
-Gen. Claudia Kennedy Member, PAI Board
Hyderabad, March 9:
The 4th Asia-Paciﬁc Conference on Reproductive andSexual Health, and Rights’ (APCRSH)International Steering Committee metto discuss important updates and inputsfrom the members of the committeeand invitees. Mr. A R Nanda, ExecutiveDirector of Population Foundation(India), chaired the meeting.The 4th APCRSH will be held on October 29-31 in Hyderabad. More than 1,500population, Sexual and ReproductiveHealth and Rights (SRHR), womenrights, HIV/AIDS and related NGOs,government officials, donors, UNrepresentatives, and parliamentariansare expected to participate to review thestatus of Sexual and Reproductive Health(SRH) programme, achievements andfailures, and to exchange information.Earlier conferences in Manila, Bangkokand Kuala Lumpur were able to generatenew energies and provide directions.The AFPPD, through parliamentarians’participation, will highlight the ‘politicsof SRHR policy, regulation andlegislation’.The Hyderabad conference will dealwith expanding and empowering theSRHR movement, moving beyondtokenism, equalizing sexual relations,responding to emerging issues inSRHR, addressing unmet need for SRH
Members of the committee and invitees at the meeting in Hyderabad. Dr. Gill Greer (center), Director General of IPPF
NGO and others wishing to participatein this exciting gathering may visithttp://www.4apcrsh.org or contactMs. Francesca Barolo, Coordinator of APCRSH, firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadlineof submitting theabstracts is on May31, 2007.
Major Reproductive and Sexual Health Gathering to be in India
Steering Committee Reviewed Preparation
services, and making pregnancy safeand wanted.Ms. Madhu Bala Nath, Regional Director of International Planned ParenthoodFederation (IPPF), presented thestate of fund-raising; whereas Ms.Saroj Pachauri, Regional Director of Population Council, provided thebackground of the programme. Ms. GillGreer, Director General of IPPF (UK),promised full cooperation in makingthe conference an unprecedentedsuccess. Mr. Wasim Zaman, Director of UNFPA-CST/SAWA, explained thewide range of inputs and participationof UNFPA to make the conference anunique experience.
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half at the time of the 1979 revolution.Ms. Claudia Kennedy, member of thePAI board, said the United States needsto focus more on efforts to improve thestatus of women and ease populationpressures in developing countries.
Jakarta, April 19:
The House of Representatives of Indonesia hadpassed a long-awaited bill on humantrafficking and received approval bythe president. Earlier on March 20,Indonesian Forum of Parliamentarianson Population and Development(IFPPD) and UNICEF, under UNFPAassistance, conducted a joint pressconference that was attended by Ms.Meutia Hatta Swasono, Minister of Women Empowerment, and Ms. LatifahIskandar, Chair of Special Committee onAnti-Trafﬁcking Bill. Ms. Swasono hailedthe bill saying it gives legal protectionto victims and Ms. Iskandar said it willprotect millions of women and childrenfrom abuse.
Anti-Trafcking Bill Passed withParliamentarian Forum Support
Ms. Meutia Hatta Swasono (left), Minister of Women Em-powerment, and Ms. Latifah Iskandar (right), Chair of SpecialCommittee on Anti-Trafﬁcking Bill, at the press conference
Aggressively Pursued Family Planning Programs WillSignicantly Change a Country’s Age Structures
-PAI Reseach Group
*Source: Ms. Celia Dugger, New York Times