Category Archives: Parallel Sessions

Advancing rights for sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI)

By Matthew Arcilla, @ArcillaMatthew

Lesbians. Gays. Transsexuals. What are their rights? What are their sexual health needs? This was the topic of a parallel session at the Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive & Sexual Health Rights. Chaired by Jeanette Slootbeek and Raine Cortes, the session focused on advancing sexual orientation/gender identity (SOGI) rights. Continue reading

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Safe Sex and Trade Sex: SRHR Services in the Sex Industry

By Janina Santos, @JaninaSantos54

Prostitution, often called the oldest of professions, is still rampant today. Women and young girls who enter or forced into the sex industry are in more danger of unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted infection (STI), and sexual abuse because of their status as entrepreneurs of the flesh. Often, sex workers face negative judgment not just from society but also from themselves, a situation which exacerbates the already dire need for sexual and reproductive health and rights services. “Sex workers [suffer] stigma and self-stigma,” said Phạm Hoài Thanh of Supporting Community Development Initiatives (SCDI), one of the speakers in the 7th Asia Pacific Conference for Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights. She was a panelist in one of the parallel sessions, Improving SRHR Information and Services for People in Sex Work.

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Closing the gap for long-acting family planning methods

By Matthew Arcilla, @ArcillaMatthew

One of the parallel sessions at the 7TH APRCRSHR focused on programs that address unmet needs for family planning and reproductive health services, particularly for the underserved and/or poor people living in remote areas.

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Prioritizing maternal and neonatal care: A report on MNCHN programs and services

By Matthew Arcilla, @ArcillaMatthew

The third day of the 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health (APCRSHR) saw discussions on good practices for different RH elements. One track focused on Maternal, Neonatal Child Health & Nutrition (MNCHN) programs and services. Various speakers explored the quality and access to services for mothers and children, and how they fit into the bigger picture of health care provided by government and private institutions.

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Click for Change: The Social Media Revolution for SRHR

By Nicai de Guzman, @NicaiDeGuzman

Educating children to use a website? Talking about sensitive issues on YouTube? Encouraging action via a Facebook post? Tweeting about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)?

Panelists from the 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights say, why not?

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How comprehensive is ‘comprehensive sexuality education’?

By Lyka T. Manglal-lan, Reporter, @likeslaya

How do you teach sex?

“Thru a psychodrama,” answered Wanhong Gao of China. In their case study involving three universities in Yunnan, different peer education strategies were utilized and were proven to be effective in sexuality education.

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No two cultures are alike: SRHR information and services for indigenous people

By Lyka T. Manglal-lan, Reporter, @likeslaya

In the fight for Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), discussions about male involvement, community integration and religious engagement have already been raised. Yet another vulnerable group hardly comes to picture: indigenous peoples.

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