ARROW for Change – Intersections: The Politicisation of Religion and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
Country Profile on Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Rights: Bangladesh
Dr. Hoang Tu Anh (MD) is both founding member and Director of the Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP), which has strong focus on promoting gender and sexuality research, training and program in health and population programs and policies. She works in number of research, training and intervention programs on gender, sexuality and HIV. She has extensive experiences of working with disadvantage groups such as adolescents, gender-based violence survivors and perpetrators, people living with HIV and sexual minorities using participatory and right-based approach in Vietnam and in the region. Much of her effort is on building research and dissemination capacity in Vietnam and transforming research into effective advocacy and interventions. She is the former chair of the Vietnam Sexual Rights Alliance, faculty member of the SouthEast Asia Consortium on Gender, Sexuality and Health, Program Advisory Committee member of the Asia-Pacific Research and Resource Center for Women and member of the IDAHO International advisor committee. Her current interests are civil society movement in Vietnam and gender-based violence toward married women and LGBT people using symbolic violence, heteronormativity and panopticon framework.
Bishakha Datta is an Indian film maker and activist. She is a former journalist. She also supports or serves on the board of nonprofit organizations, such Point of View, Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action, and as of 2013, the Wikimedia Foundation.
Rachel is the programme manager for ASEAN Parliamentarian for Human Rights, an organization working to mobilize memberparliamentarian in pushing progressive agenda toward achieving equity within the sub-region. She also serve as Asian Pacific Research and Resource Center for Women (ARROW)’s Programme Advisory Committee.
Rachel has been worked with the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), a global women’s rights organization based in Canada, as young feminist activism co-coordinator. Prior to that, Rachel also has experienced as executive coordinator of Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR), a global network of youth and children based in Canada to advance the human rights of young people.
Previously, Rachel has served ARROW, a regional women rights organization based in Kuala Lumpur, as Programme Officer to coordinate women's health and rights advocacy partnership in South-East Asia (WHRAP-SEA). The seven countries programme focused on young women’s sexual and reproductive health. The programme main strategies were capacity building, evidence-based advocacy, mobilization of civil society and women activist, as well as utilization of knowledge management. Rachel was worked in Indonesian Red Cross
Headquarter as HIV and AIDS officer. The programme focus on gender based approach in addressing HIV and AIDS issues.
For her commitment and contribution on women empowerment and civil society mobilization she's been appointed as gender advisor from developing country delegation to the board member of Global Funds to fights against HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis (GFATM); FRIDA young feminist funds advisory board; United Nations Population Funds Indonesia youth advisory panel; civil society coordinator (youth forum) of High Level Panel of Eminent Person meeting managed by President delivery unit for development and oversight (UKP4); civil society representation in 2011 Commission of the Status on Women; member of women major group; and civil society/youth representative to join the Indonesian government on Commission on Population and Development the 45th and 47th session.
Rozana Isa is a member of Sisters in Islam (SIS), a non-governmental organisation working on the rights of Muslim women within the framework of Islam. She is currently Coordinator of the secretariat for Musawah, the SIS-initiated Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family. Rozana is also a trainer with special focus on the SIS training module on Women’s Rights in Islam and facilitator for the Musawah course on Islam and Gender Equality and Justice (I-nGEJ). Rozana was also Senior Programme Officer on Building Capacity for Change at the International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW Asia Pacific), an international women’s rights organization that contribute to the realisation of women’s rights through the lens of CEDAW and other international human rights instruments. Prior to that, she was Programme Assistant with The Urban Governance Initiative (TUGI) and Project Coordinator at Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), a national level NGO with focus on the issue of violence against women.
A feminist and human rights activist, Naeemah Khan, is currently reading for a Masters in Gender and Development at the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton, United Kingdom. She was the Program Officer for Research and Learning at the Fiji-based Pacific Leadership Program, a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade–Australian Aid initiative that supports influential Pacific leaders to shape and lead developmental change.
Prior to this, Naeemah worked as the Programme Manager at the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement, a multi-ethnic and multicultural non-governmental organization committed to removing discrimination against women through institutional reforms and additional changes. In the past, she has worked as an independent researcher for Save the Children Fiji, UNIFEM and Asia Pacific Forum on Women Law and Development in partnership with FWRM. Previous to that she worked at the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre which works in the area of preventing and eliminating violence against women.
Pramada Menon is a queer feminist activist who has been actively involved in the social justice and women’s human rights sector in India and internationally for more than two decades. She is the Co-founder of CREA and worked there as Director Programs from 2000 till 2008. Prior to that she was with the Dastkar, an organization working for the promotion of crafts and crafts people, as Executive Director. Since 2008, she has been working as an independent consultant with a variety of organizations on issues of women’s human rights, gender and sexuality, organizational change management and professional coaching. Pramada is also a stand up performance artist. She has traveled with her show Fat, Feminist and Free to various cities. In 2013, she directed her first documentary film: ‘And you thought you knew me,’ a film that explores the lives of five people, who were assigned female gender at birth and their interactions with sexuality, queer activism, gender and Delhi.
Professor Rashidah Shuib is currently a Professor at the Women’s Development Research Centre (KANITA), Universiti Sains Malaysia, where she was the Director from 2005–2012. Her main work revolves around gender, health and development issues. She was the Principal Investigator of several government and internationally funded research projects, including research in sexual and reproductive health and rights, women’s health, violence against women, marriage and migration, polygamy, and microcredit and empowerment. She led her research team members to produce the first prevalence national study in Malaysia on domestic violence against women using the WHO multi-country questionnaire.
Currently she is a Council member of the Asian Association of Women Studies (AAWS), an Advisory Member of the Ewha Global Empowerment Program (EGEP) of the Ewha Womans University, South Korea, and a committee member of the Korean-ASEAN Women’s Studies Leadership and Network as well as a life member of the Malaysian Social Science Association. She was a member of the Gender Advisory Panel (GAP) of the WHO, Geneva, for six years and a member of the International Women’s Advisory Panel (IWAP) of the IPPF, London for several years. Currently, she is a Board member of Sisters In Islam. She considers herself to be an academic-activist.