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Kuala Lumpur Call to Action: Asia and the Pacific NGOs Call for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Sustainable Development

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3rd May 2012; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

(Posted via ARROW)

More than 120 activists, advocates and representatives from CSOs across movements and generations from 27 countries in Asia and the Pacific who gathered in Kuala Lumpur from 2-4 May 2012 have spoken! The Kuala Lumpur Call to Action outlines our 12-point Call to governments, international organisations, including UN agencies, development partners and other duty bearers, for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for sustainable development.

The Kuala Lumpur Call to Action is the outcome document of the regional meeting, Beyond ICPD and MDGs: NGOs Strategising for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region, which was organised by the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) along with our partners the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The Call was formulated by a drafting team composed of representatives from Aliansi Remaja Independen (ARI, Indonesia); ARROW (Regional); Asia Pacific Alliance for SRHR (Regional); Asia Pacific Council of AIDS Service Organizations (APCASO, Regional); Centre for Health Education, Training and Nutrition Awareness (CHETNA, India); Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM, Fiji/Pacific); Mongolian Family Welfare Association (MFWA, Mongolia); Pacific Sexual & Reproductive Health Research Centre (PacSRHRC, Fiji); People’s Health Movement (Bangladesh); Youth Action Nepal (Nepal); and YP Foundation (India). Independent activists and representatives from groups who participated at the conference supported this Call (for the full list, please see page 4 of the Call).

Please disseminate this widely! The link is at: http://bit.ly/Iw8VTB  

To support this Call, volunteer to translate it in your language, or get print copies for distribution, please get in touch with any of the following ARROW staff: Ambika Varma (ambika@arrow.org.my), Maria Melinda (Malyn) Ando (malyn@arrow.org.my), Nida Mushtaq (nida@arrow.org.my) and Rachel Arinii Judhistari (rachel@arrow.org.my).

The participants of the meeting also formed the Asia-Pacific Partnership for SRHR and Sustainable Development – an alliance to ensure the action-oriented follow-up of the meeting. The Partnership will take forward the youth, sub-regional and regional advocacy action plans developed at the meeting, to advance the SRHR agenda in the Asia-Pacific region in the lead up to 2014/2015.

Watch our website and facebook pages for further updates and a full report of the meeting.
We are very thankful to all those who participated in the meeting and to those of you as well who were here with us in spirit!

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