Satellite Sessions

The satellite sessions are hosted by development partners, civil society and private sectors on specific issues related to SRHR. These 90-minute sessions serve as supplements to the official conference program. These sessions are held after the conference hours. Each session can accommodate 100-150 people with minimum of 90 minutes per host.

Slot A: Tuesday, January 21, 2013
Time: 04:00PM- 05:30PM

Organization: The Asian Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), WFP Rutgers
Title: Building Strategic Alliances – Religion and SRHR.

Opposition from politico-religious groups in taking forward the ICPD agenda is an on-going challenge for SRHR activists in the Asia Pacific Region. This learning and sharing session is designed to discuss best practices and collectively strategize on how to address the context specific challenges we encounter drawing on contemporary research and advocacy experiences. The session will feature a dialogue amongst a number of prominent SRHR researchers and activists from the region from multiple faith based and secular backgrounds. In particular it will focus on national and regional preparation to address opposition and alliance building for the 2014 Commission on The Status of Women, the Commission on Population Development as well as the Open Working Group Sessions on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Organization: Pathfinder International
Title: Inform, Empower, Embrace and Advance! Experiences from Adolescent and Youth Programs

Supported by the Packard Foundation, this will be an interactive presentation session involving four speakers who will talk about ongoing and successful adolescent and youth SRHR programs in India, Pakistan, Viet Nam and Philippines. The organizer expresses its aim to see many of the Youth participants attending this session to critique, learn lessons, discuss challenges and make recommendations to programmers about how to improve programs to reach the most vulnerable youth with SRHR information and services in the Asia-Pacific region. The speakers are: Soon Aibe from Pathfinder HQ (talking about Pathfinder’s India program in Bihar on delaying marriage and first births), Le Ngoc Boa from Pathfinder Viet Nam (talking about Pathfinder’s Viet Nam program with government), Dr. Harris Ahmed from Pathfinder Pakistan (talking about Pathfinder’s Pakistan program in rural areas) and Mr. Mario Bali ago, PNGOC Project Officer and President of Y-PEER Filipinas Inc for his experience working with national government and CSO to implement Adolescent Sexual and reproductive health programs in the Philippines.

Organization: UNFPA India
Title: Diverse Approaches to Educate Young People in Schools on Issues Related to Their Health and Well Being

The panel discussion chaired by Joint Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development and co-chaired by Director, National Council of Educational Research and Training (an institute that provides policy guidelines and curriculum framework for school education in India) builds on a continuum for orienting various stakeholders in school education on issues related to adolescent health and well being. The Adolescence Education Program in India has evolved over the past three decades to respond to the needs of adolescents in the country and a clear objective of the program at this stage is to institutionalize adolescent concerns into school education. In this context, every speaker will share learning’s not only from their specific project but also for institutionalizing adolescent concerns in that particular setting/ forum be it teacher education, formal schooling or open schooling institutions. Insights will also be shared from an initiative for enhancing institutional capacity to further the agenda of adolescent health and well being in terms of capacity building and monitoring Government programs working with adolescents in school settings.

Organization: International Planned Parenthood Federation, South Asia Regional Office (IPPFF, SARO)
Title: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in Humanitarian Settings

Sexual and reproductive health problems account for the leading cause of women’s ill health and death worldwide. Yet, almost all maternal deaths can be preventable. Gender based violence accounts for as much death and disability among women age 15 to 24 as cancer – and the total figure is more than malaria, vehicle accidents and war. Thus, neglecting reproductive health needs has serious consequences. This session will not only debate and discuss the need for SRH services in humanitarian setting, but also showcase an example of a successful implementation of the SPRINT project during the 2010 floods in Pakistan. It will focus on using evidence to prove:

  • That, preparing for an emergency in terms of strengthening the coordination of SRH responses in crisis and post-crisis situations in a country through country coordination teams.
  • That, increasing the national and regional capacity of key stakeholders with regard to SRH response in crisis.
  • That, raising awareness on the importance of addressing SRH in crisis and post crisis situation at the national, regional and international levels greatly increases the timely response to SRH needs in crisis situations and enhances the access to SRH information and services for persons surviving crisis and living in protracted post post-crisis situations.

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Slot B: Wednesday, January 22, 2013
Time: 03:30PM- 05:00PM

Organization: United Nations Population Fund India
Title: Improving the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Young People in Diverse Settings in India

The panel discussion chaired by the Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and co-chaired by UNFPA Representative, India and Bhutan provides an overview of the recently launched National Adolescent Health Strategy that underscores Government of India’s commitment towards the 253 million adolescents in the country. Conceptual frameworks and learning’s from implementing community based initiatives that aim to improve the health and well being of both unmarried adolescent girls and boys and married adolescents in rural and tribal settings will be shared. It is noteworthy that the specific projects presented in the session are implemented in of partnership with the Government through the Ministries of Health, Women and Child Development and Youth Affairs and Sports and will also highlight the advantages and challenges of working with large-scale Government programs.

Organization: UNFPA Indonesia
Title: Harmful Practices: Ending Child Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation

The satelite session is to address harmful practices including Child Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation/Circumcision (FGM/C) in Indonesia. This satellite session will basically explore the current situation of harmful practices in Indonesia, including the practices and how the goverment and communities address that situation. The speakers for the satelitte session consist of two researchers and one resource person from CSO. The researchers will present their findings on Child Marriage and FGM/C based on their research. The speaker from CSO will also share her experiences and challenges to eradicate those two problems within community.

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

This satellite section will address a range of legal and policy issues that shape young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health information and services. It draws on the first-ever joint UN review of the issue entitled ‘Young people and the Law in Asia and the Pacific: A review of laws and policies affecting young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health and HIV services’. This review examined over 400 key legal and policy documents and was supported by focus group discussions with young people in three countries in the region to explore their experiences and perspectives on access to SRH and HIV information and services, and how this could be further advanced. Developed and delivered in partnership with young people, this session will examine some of the key findings from this publication and challenge participants to consider how the legal and policy context in their own countries govern young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Organization: International Planned Parenthood Federation, South Asia Regional Office (IPPF, SARO)
Title: Integrated Counselling: Addressing unmet needs of sexual and reproductive health & rights

The panelists will discuss the need, relevance and value of integrated counselling from concepts to delivery of counselling services in the South Asia region. They will share experiences from the field to highlight the importance of integrated counselling as a high-impact service delivery strategy to increase access to, and uptake of SRH services. The panelists will briefly share some counselling skills and technical knowledge required for sexual and reproductive health programmes to be effective. The recently developed training manual on integrated counselling jointly developed by IPPF and TARSHI will also be shared with all the participants.

Organization: World Health Organization
Title: Redefining the Global Agenda for Sexual and Reproductive Health: whose role and strategy

The culmination of the ICPD Programme of Action’s anniversary and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) provides a unique opportunity to understand progress, define priorities, and develop strategies to meet challenges in advancing sexual and reproductive health as part of a broader development agenda. This is inextricably linked with the work of the World Health Organization (WHO) to promote attainment of the highest possible standard of health, and to address the underlying determinants of health. This panel discussion will focus on will focus on provision of technical input and evidence in critical areas of sexual and reproductive health, to make sure the discussions, assessments and agreements are based on scientific evidence, as the international community works to achieve the goals of the Programme of Action and the MDGs.

Organization: Hivos SRHR Task Force
Title: Strengthening Youth Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Indonesia

The event will be a vibrant presentation and discussion regarding the SRHR task force work in 10 targeted areas in Indonesia of the endeavor to establish a comprehensive SRHR education in Indonesia. Baseline research and several policy-related mapping will be provided which includes explanation on the context analysis within cases of Indonesian-specific SRHR issues by prominent task force members. Methods and successful mode of advocacy and campaign which involves the medium of innovative media such as, Films and internet-based tools will also be presented. All in all, the event is a space to disseminate information regarding the SRHR task force work regarding SRHR and youth in Indonesia.

Organization: Family Planning Association of India (FPA India)
Title: “Reproductive Rights, Family Planning and Population Stabilization in India

Family Planning within the context of health is one of the flagship programmes of the Government of India. However, the programme is yet to realize its full potential. In India, while the programme has achieved a significant success with steadily declining fertility rates in last three decades; along with the reduction in overall unmet need for family planning. However, there are areas of concerns and gaps. Also, the situation in north Indian states like Bihar, Jharkhand, UP, MP, Rajasthan and Odisha remains critical with high unmet need for family planning as well as high maternal and neonatal mortality. There is another dimension to the family planning debate in India. In context of strategies dealing with population stabilization in India, it is often understood that family planning and population stabilization are contradictory issues. On the face of it, it appears that policies that focus on population stabilization through family planning have limited space for Reproductive rights framework. There is need to examine some critical issues and debate on key questions - Can population stabilization be achieved within a ‘rights’ framework? Is Indian FP programme responsive to all unmet need in its present framework? What is the role of various stakeholders to initiate this fundamental change in context of global focus on family planning?

Organization: Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR), Asia Pacific Alliance for SRHR (APA), and The Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW)
Title: Making the Visionary SRHR Development Goal a Reality

The session will be jointly organized by the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights, the Asia Pacific Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW); all three are members of the Coordinating Committee of the Civil Society Platform to Promote SRHR Beyond 2015. The Civil Society Platform is a global advocacy initiative led by 13 sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) networks united around the common goal of including SRHR in the post-2015 development agenda and advocating jointly at the national, regional and international level. WGNRR, APA and ARROW will take the opportunity at the 7th APCRSHR to bring young people, women leaders and SRHR advocates together to discuss a Visionary SRHR Development Goal in the context of advancing the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action (PoA), as well as related resolutions and conventions in the post-2015 development framework. The session will emphasize the need to ensure that SRHR remains part of the new framework and that there is no backtrack from current global commitments.

Organization: Catholics for Choice
Title: Catholics on Contraception

The session will be about Catholics’ views on contraception and SRHR. Panelists will discuss the view of the institutional Church; the continuing opposition of the Vatican and local bishop conferences on SRHR policies and laws around the world; the support and argument for contraception by other Catholics; the realities and needs of Catholics; and the devastating impact of the Church’s influence on restrictive laws and policies on women’s lives. Audience will be invited to participate at the end of the panel presentation through an interactive and dynamic open discussion.

Organization: Philippine NGO Council on Population, Health and Welfare
Title: Transformative communication sustain the gains and push forward ICPD and MDGs

This satellite session intends to draw the appreciation and interest of civil society organizations engaged in SRHR work to publish their evidence-based good practices in professional publications and other media forms and to transform the information into advocacy tools for policy makers, program implementers and development partners. Lancet, the world’s leading general medical journal, is represented in the session.

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Slot C: Thursday, January 23, 2013
Time: 04:30PM- 06:00PM

Organisation: Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) Title: The Right to Food and Sexual and Reproductive Rights: Building Inter-movement Linkages to Revitalise and Strengthen the Agenda, and Impact the ICPD+20 and Post-2015 Processes

The session aims to highlight that sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) do not exist in isolation, and that SRHR for all would not be possible when people are deprived of basic human rights, such as the right to food and nutrition. At the same time, the right to food and nutrition is intrinsically linked to the recognition and attainment of women’s and girl’s self-determination and autonomy in relation to their lives and bodies, and of their SRHR. This session will present some papers from ARROW’s thematic series on Breaking Silos! Understanding the Linkage between Gender, Poverty Eradication, Food Sovereignty, Food Security, and SRHR. It will also facilitate a discussion on advocacy for a more holistic development agenda and framework that champions collaborative multi-sectoral approaches, to impact the ICPD+20 review and post-2015 development agenda processes. Marilen J. Danguilan chairs the session, and speakers include Imrana Jalal, Narimah Awin, Rahal Saeed and TK Sundari Ravindran. This satellite session is organised by ARROW with support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Organization: UNFPA Indonesia
Title: South-South Cooperation between Indonesia and the Philippines on Population, FP, RH, and Gender

The event will be jointly organized by UNFPA Indonesia and the Philippines. After opening statements from Dr. Juan Antonio Perez III – Executive Director of Population Commission of the Philippines, and Prof Dr. Fasli Jalal – Chairperson of BKKBN, the satellite meeting will present overview of the SSC and share lessons learned on the one and half year implementation of South-South Cooperation on Population, FP, RH, and Gender Programmes. It is expected that participants who attend the satellite meeting will gain some information on how this SSC is designed and implemented, and then possibly use similar SSC approach to strengthen collaboration between countries.

Organization: International PlannedParenthood Federation, South Asia RegionalOffice
Title: “Who will take Responsibility” for Sexual andReproductiveHealthandRights of Young People

The proposed session is an attempt to bring back the attention of CSOs, Policy Makers and Community Gate Keepers towards issues such as the gap between the rich and the poor, discrimination against women, human rights, unmet need for family planning, sexuality education, unsafe abortion and others. The session will focus on following: 1) Case Study- Sharing the power with Youth: A presentation on the role of young people in deciding programmes and policies of IPPF; 2) A cross discussion among the panel with the young representatives to identify the current state of SRHR world; and 3) Public Hearing: The Stakeholders (representing their respective domains) will respond to the issues and demands of the young people and women. A summary analysis will be done and shared with the larger audience as effective strategies which may be adopted in South Asia to synthesize and promote accountability between various groups can to result into a youth friendly world.

Organization: International Council on Management of Population Programmes (ICOMP)
Title: Organizational Stability

CSO sustainability and enhancement of the domain of their work have remained a continuous challenge as they deal with shrinking donor support. There are also sustainability threats due to weak governance and management. Questions on program effectiveness or meeting donor requirements such as narrative reports and fund management have raised questions on whether support to local or community-based CSOs far outweigh potential risks. Donors and stakeholders need to take stock of the limitless potential to scale responses to sexual reproductive health and rights when organizations are functioning effectively and are sustainable. The Session will draw from experiences of several NGOs who have received technical guidance and have gone through the process of organization sustainability, captured in ‘lessons learned’ and best or emerging practices.

Organization: The Asian Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW)
Title: Revitalizing and Strengthening the SRHR Agenda through Inter-Movement Work to Impact the ICPD+20 and the MDG+15 Processes.

This event aims to create solidarity between the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), food security, food sovereignty and anti-poverty movements. The event will give insight to attendees as to how to revitalize momentum for the SRHR agenda in their contexts by highlighting the intersections between SRHR and the other movements listed above. ARROW will present the outcome document from a cross movement regional meeting that occurred in September 2013 and an advocacy brief as well as facilitating discussion on strategies to best engage other movements in order to ensure that we are working together cohesively and collaboratively.

Organization: Asia Pacific Alliance For SRHR (APA), The Indonesian Planned Parenthood Association (IPPA), Marie Stopes International (MSI) Australia & Pathfinder International, Pakistan
Title: FP2020: How can Civil Society Ensure Accountability?

At the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning more than 20 governments made commitments to address the policy, financing, delivery and socio-cultural barriers to women accessing contraceptive information, services and supplies, and including an additional US$2.6 billion in funding. Civil society has a strong role to play in monitoring these commitments and ensuring that governments are held accountable. In addition, civil society has an even greater role to play in ensuring that a rights- based approach underpins family planning (FP) initiatives. Commitments alone do not always address underlying issues of inequality and inequity, and only when FP is firmly embedded within an SRHR frame can issues such as the reasons behind the unmet need for modern methods of contraception, or how to reach vulnerable groups, be addressed.

Organization: Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR), Asia Safe Abortion Partnership (ASAP)
Title: Unsafe Abortions in Asia: Not just a number

As countries start assessing and evaluating their achievements coming closer to the ICPD @20 as well as the final years of the MDGs, there is an urgent need to recognize the critical role played by unsafe abortion in maternal mortality numbers. Asia is currently poised to have the largest number of young people ever in its history and country governments as well as civil society needs to ensure that the sexual and reproductive rights of these youth are protected, respected and fulfilled. The dire situation of unsafe abortions in the region is also faced with the legal barriers that impacts on women and young people accessing abortion services. The criminalization of abortion leads thousands of women and girls to die or suffer lifelong illnesses and disabilities every year. This is a social justice and a human rights issue that the UN Special rapporteur for Health has made a statement in the General Assembly on 24th October 2011 clearly stating that "Criminal prohibition of abortion is a very clear expression of State interference with a woman’s sexual and reproductive health because it restricts a woman’s control over her body, possibly subjecting her to unnecessary health risks. Criminal prohibition also requires women to continue unplanned pregnancies and give birth when it is not their choice to do so. States are obliged to ensure that women are not denied access to necessary post-abortion medical services, irrespective of the legality of the abortion undertaken."

Organization: Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW)
Title: What could bring maternal mortality down in South Asia? Questioning a Global Health prescription!

In this satellite session, Women’s Health and Rights Advocacy Partnership (WHRAP)-South Asia partners of ARROW from Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan, come together to question the frameworks such as the MDGs which have implications on the policies of national level. In order to reduce MMR and improve women and girls’ SRHR, WHRAP-South Asia believes that a comprehensive rights based continuum of quality care (CQC) approach that will ensure access to information and quality services and care at all stages of a woman’s lifecycle and across location (home, community and health facilities) – given the difficulties faced by marginalized women in accessing affordable skilled care in South Asia – is required. Consequently a continuum of quality care framework must call for availability and access to essential quality health and reproductive services that should be affordable and acceptable for women from adolescence through pregnancy, delivery, and beyond.

Organization: Japan International Cooperation Agency
Title: Health System Strengthening for Universal Health Coverage in Maternal Newborn and Child Health Services in the Philippines Pre and Post disaster

In this session, JICA, the bilateral development cooperation agency of Japan, will present its policies on maternal newborn and child health services in the Philippines (Panel 1), the history of JICA’s cooperation in RMNHC (Panel 2), the SMASCH Project experiences in East Visayas Region (Panel 3) and JICA’s efforts to recover public health system in areas affected by typhoon Yolanda.

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Slot D: Thursday, January 23, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Organization: PNGOC, WGNRR, ICW and Asia Pacific Alliance for SRHR
Title: Building bridges among the SRHR and HIV movement

The session will be jointly organized by the PNGOC, Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights, ICW, and the Asia Pacific Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. The session is a follow up of the initial discussion on the linkages between SRHR and HIV advocacy at the recent ICAAP in Bangkok, Thailand. It aims to bring SRHR and HIV activists together and identify joint goals and objectives to explore how they can better support each other’s advocacies identifying barriers and opportunities for co-working. It also aims to identify ways for sharing knowledge and skills between sectors and between more experienced and newer advocates.

Organization: Asian- Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW)
Title: Youth – Adult Partnership: This is how we do it!

With the larger vision of contributing to an improved quality of life, particularly in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights, ARROW through its partners in Burma, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines and Vietnam has been mobilizing young people to advocate on issues concerning them. In this session, ARROW’s Women’s Health and Rights Advocacy Partnership (WHRAP) - South East Asia (WHRAP-SEA) partners will share their work in relation to advocating for comprehensive sexuality education and youth -friendly services in their specific countries. Out of 7 partners, at least 4 presenters would be young persons. In their sharing, they will highlight how effective their programmes have been as examples of youth-adult partnerships and underscore the lessons learned from these partnerships.

Organization: Philippine Commission on Population (POPCOM)
Title: 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.

After 14 years, the Responsible Parenthood & RH Bill was enacted into law. This satellite session presents the relentless efforts and struggles of RH advocates and lawmakers in passing the RH Law.

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