Understanding Catholic Fundamentalism in the Philippines: How conservative religious teachings on women, family and contraception are wielded to impede the Reproductive Health Law and other reproductive health policies
Religious Extremism and Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Secondary and Higher Secondary Education in Bangladesh
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Siva is currently the Executive Director of ARROW. Before joining ARROW, she explored different career choices in her life, which included teaching at a university, running a magazine across three countries and working for the United Nations. These different opportunities helped her discover her passion for writing and learning and form her ideals of working in partnerships and respecting diversity.
She has co-written and edited books on sustainable development and urbanization as part of her work with the Urban Governance Initiative (TUGI), a regional project of UNDP. She was also a committee member of the Women’s Candidacy Initiative (WCI), which ran candidates on a women’s rights issues platform.
Siva co-authored ARROW’s ICPD+15 and ICPD+20 Asia-Pacific monitoring reports and has written numerous articles and presented papers on women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. She has been able to expand the work of ARROW to examine more closely the inter-linkages of sexual and reproductive health and rights with critical development issues such as poverty, food security, climate change and migration. Under Siva’s leadership, the organization’s working partnerships have expanded to 17 countries in the region as well as regional and global networks and organisations.
She occasionally writes for local newspapers on issues that she thinks are of crucial importance in her country and views this as her contribution to the society in which she lives.
Nani has been with ARROW since 2004. In the past she has worked with the Asian-Pacific Development Centre, an inter-governmental organisation. She studied Mass Communications and holds a Diploma in Public Relations from the University Technology Mara (UiTM). She is passionate about women's rights and believes that all women can be happy, healthy and successful in every area of their lives.
Kin is a Senior Programme Officer at ARROW for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning. She started working in the SRHR sector at the Federation of Reproductive Health Associations Malaysia (FRHAM) after completing her first degree in Population Studies. While working in FRHAM, she was offered a scholarship from the East West Centre to pursue her masters degree in Public Health at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, specialising in Health Services Administration & Planning. She then moved to the training & education sector, working in private colleges and universities in Kuala Lumpur, undertaking the development and management of training and education-related programmes. Her work with SRHR continued when she joined IPPF-ESEAOR in 2006 as the Evaluation Officer. It was in IPPF that she found her niche in M & E as she truly enjoys her work in planning & analysis especially being able to demonstrate achievements of IPPF-ESEAOR and its member associations. Her last appointment was in the area of planning, development, monitoring & evaluation at a local NGO specialising in poverty alleviation projects. Kin has extensive experience in strengthening processes related to planning, M & E and reporting; analysis and reporting of global statistics and projects; application and use of MIS; and providing technical assistance and capacity building on planning, monitoring & evaluation.
Malyn joined ARROW in 2007 as Managing Editor of the flagship, peer-reviewed bulletin ARROW for Change (AFC), and was the Programme Manager for Information and Communications from 2012-2015. She is now working remotely for ARROW as the Senior Programme Officer for Publications, Communications and Advocacy, Managing Editor the AFC and chief liaison for regional advocacy activities.
She has spearheaded the production of cutting-edge publications, including on affirmative sexuality, religious fundamentalisms, young women and abortion, and climate change and SRHR. She has led the implementation of ARROW’s information and communications strategy, and intersectional and intermovement work, particularly around issues of food sovereignty, food security and nutrition, and of migration. She also managed a 15-country project in Asia on building capacities of national partners.
Before joining ARROW, Malyn served as Publications Managing Editor, and then manager of the Governance, Citizenship and Democracy Programme at Isis International. She also worked as coordinator at the Institute for Social Studies and Action (ISSA) and the theia initiative, both in the Philippines. Malyn has a degree in English Studies, finishing Magna Cum Laude at the University of the Philippines, and is an accredited teacher.
Sachini Perera from Sri Lanka holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Diplomas in Journalism and International Relations. She is the Programme Officer in charge of the ARROW online platforms including the website, social media and newsletter and also handles ARROW’s online communications and online advocacy work. Before joining ARROW, Sachini worked at the Women and Media Collective in Sri Lanka and was instrumental in setting up a new media unit there. She has also published a joint study entitled Women’s Engagement with New Media in the Margins of the Sri Lankan State, a first for Sri Lanka. Sachini is also a freelance writer and photographer.
Sachini has been an active propagator for women’s rights in Sri Lanka, through social activism as well as through new media. She has conceptualized and executed various projects, both online and offline, including annual online campaigns, building a community of Sri Lankan women new media producers and maintaining and curating various web platforms. In 2013 she spoke about her work at a TEDxChange event organized in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on the theme of “positive disruption”.
Uma’s current roles are is to assist in managing the resource centre, ARROW SRHR Knowledge Sharing Centre (Ask-US!) by giving support in the areas of information services, acquisition, cataloguing and classification, and contact database management. Her other roles are in the area of marketing and promotions of ARROW publications as well as assist in the administration and logistics of the project “Strengthening the Networking, Knowledge Management and Advocacy Capacities of an Asia-Pacific Network for SRHR” which is funded by the European Union (EU). She also acts as a liaison between ARROW and its and partners by providing informational support to ARROW’s projects and publications.
Uma is the longest serving staff member in ARROW having started work in 1994. Prior to joining ARROW, she had eleven years of administrative work experience, four of which were with NGOs. She has attended several courses sponsored by ARROW in Library Management, Cataloguing and Classifications at the MARA Institute of Technology and University Tun Abdul Razak.
Mangala Namasivayam has a diverse range of working experience in the fields of environmental conservation, community development, humanitarian and SRHR.She first discovered her penchant and passion in working with grassroots communities during her career with WWF-Malaysia and UNDP Malaysia. She then joined the ASEAN Humanitarian Task Force (AHTF) in Burmaas a response to the call for volunteers from Southeast Asia to assist recovery operations in the cyclone Nargis battered Burma. What was initially a 3-month stint turned to a year there, during which she worked on a field research on‘Women, Livelihood and Disaster Resilience’and publicationsthat captured the experiences of ASEAN volunteers in Burma.
Upon returning to Malaysia, she joined the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) for East, Southeast Asia and Oceania Region based in Kuala Lumpur. Her role with IPPF was primarily to provide advocacy and communication assistance on SRHR issues to partners in 26 countries in the region.
With educational backgrounds in communication and environment, she enjoys teaching and interacting with young people and has beenperiodically lecturing in a private college in Malaysia. She was also involved in the setting up of the ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme (AYVP),a regional platform for young people in South East Asia to volunteer and work towards finding shared solutions for shared problems, based in the National University of Malaysia (UKM).
Sai has been working in the area of women’s health and rights and in particular SRHR for the past 15 years and has experience working with grassroots, district, state and national (CARE in India, Malaysian Breastfeeding Association), regional (ARROW, Consumer International), and international organisations (WABA). Her areas of expertise include monitoring and research, capacity strengthening and advocacy. She possesses good knowledge and grounding on issues of gender, women’s health, sexual and reproductive health and rights, maternal and child health and issues of poverty, food security, gender, sexuality, health sector reforms, right to health, social determinants of health and qualitative research methodologies. Sai holds a Masters Degree in Nutrition (MSc) and a Diploma Degree in Population Studies from International Institute of Population Studies. She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Software and Hardware.
At ARROW she has been involved in the monitoring of the ICPD Programme of Action using critical indicators. Sai has proven expertise in development of indicators that can measure progress towards human rights based, gender sensitive indicators, and monitoring progress using such indicators, and has conducted training on indicator development in the area of women's health.
Nisha is a Programme Officer at ARROW, working with youth-led organizations in South Asia. She has diverse work experience in writing and research, both of which she is passionate about. She graduated from Lancaster University in the UK with a Masters in Gender Studies and English Literature. Having completed her thesis by entwining literature (women's lived stories) and gender studies, her proclivity and passion for women's rights and gender equality was seeded. Having previously worked with Women's Aid Organisation (WAO) was a prolific stepping stone for Nisha into understanding the aspect of rights, policies and law as the cornerstone of women's rights and gender equality. While at WAO, she was involved in a small project with Durex and the Federation of Family Planning Associations (FHRAM) that was aimed at creating sexual health and awareness among the Malaysian youth. Broaching the issue through a feminist lens, addressing consent, gender roles, and sexual and reproductive rights helped prepared her for her current role at ARROW.
Samreen Shahbaz, from Pakistan, is a Programme Officer at ARROW. Previously, Samreen has worked with Shirkat Gah Women's Resource Centre as the National Coordinator for Communications, SRHR. She is also the founder of Menstrual Matters, an online campaign to promote menstrual hygiene management and to break the stigma around menstruation through public discussions. She serves as a member on the Board of Directors of Naz Male Health Alliance, Pakistan, a local NGO working for the sexual health of MSM and trans community. Samreen is an Emerging Leaders of Pakistan fellow (South Asia Centre, Atlantic Council) and a Youth Champions Initiative fellow (David and Lucile Packard Foundation).
Bipu, from Nepal, is a Senior Programme Officer at ARROW. She holds a Master’s degree in Gender and Peace Building from University for Peace in Costa Rica with a full scholarship from Asian-Peacebuilders Scholarship Programme. She also holds a Master’s degree in English Literature from Tribhuvan University in Nepal.
Prior to her first leg with ARROW in 2009, Bipu worked with various national and local level organizations in Nepal with focus on HIV and AIDS and young people’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. She has also done consultancies with international organizations like Family Health International, Concern Worldwide, International Labour organizations for research and training on HIV and AIDS and SRHR.
After having visited the most remote parts of Nepal and other countries in South Asia, her decision to contribute to women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights became even stronger which led her to rejoin ARROW in 2014.
Dhivya from Malaysia, is a Programme Officer at ARROW. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Science from Monash University where she majored in Pharmacology and Physiology. She is excited about integrating her studied knowledge in reproductive health and her passion for women's rights.
Nalini Singh, from the Fiji Islands, is ARROW’s Programme Manager (Advocacy and Capacity Building). Nalini joined ARROW in 2009 and since then she has managed over-a-decade long Women's Health and Rights Advocacy Partnership (WHRAP) programme which is being implemented in four countries in South Asia and seven countries in the Mekong region and South East Asia. She is also managing two new projects on Building New Constituencies for Women’s SRHR: (i) Climate Change and (ii) Interfaith Advocacy.
Nalini is a graduate of the University of the South Pacific with combined arts and sciences degrees. She has a wide range of experience in the field of women’s human rights, gender and development issues. Nalini has worked with regional human rights and women's human rights organisations in Asia- Pacific for over fifteen years. Prior to joining ARROW, Nalini worked with the Asia Pacific Forum for Women, Law and Development (APWLD) and the Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT). In her spare time, Nalini over the past several years has volunteered her time in helping local NGOs in Chiang Mai, Thailand as well as in Nepal with their organisational development needs.
Azra Abdul Cader is from Sri Lanka and is the Senior Programme Officer working on Interfaith Advocacy for SRHR. Her work focuses on regional and global advocacy to address the impact of extremism and fundamentalism on SRHR through an alliance of advocates from across the Global South. Her work also includes evidence generation and advocacy around human rights accountability mechanisms to ensure SRHS, which is a developing area of work for ARROW. She has experience working with civil society and the UN in Sri Lanka and the South Asian Region effective use of evidence for policy, gender equality and empowerment across diverse groups and in different contexts/post-conflict, particularly conflict and urban areas. She has also undertaken research on women and aging and the impact of disaster on women. She is a graduate in sociology and development.
Pooja currently works as Senior Programme Officer for ARROW's Women’s Health and Rights Advocacy Partnership (WHRAP). She is a lawyer by training and holds Masters degree in Human Rights Law from National Law School from India University, Bangalore, India. She has been working and writing on issues of gender and sexuality in India for more than a decade. Her professional experience has focused primarily on analysis of law and policies related to gender and sexuality - its impact and implementation leading to recommendations to change/reform law and policy and State accountability and intersections of gender and sexuality in conflict.
Prior to joining ARROW, she was coordinating the advocacy and research portfolio in CREA, New Delhi and has also worked in Partners For Law in Development and Lawyers Collective Women's Rights Initiative in New Delhi, India. Her research and writing interests include the interaction of law and society and analyzing law and judgements from a feminist perspective. She is particularly interested in understanding the links between between different laws and policies which impact on women's lives seamlessly although appearing very different to each other.
Hwei Mian is working on climate change and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women. She has been involved in women’s health since her undergraduate days. Prior to joining ARROW, she was the Head of Programme Services at the Federation of Reproductive Health Associations, Malaysia (FRHAM). She has also worked with the International Council on Management of Population Programmes (ICOMP), Universiti Malaya, and Universiti Putra Malaysia on projects supported by UNFPA, UNAIDS, and the Ford Foundation on SRH, and HIV and AIDS in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Uganda. She also coordinated the Small Grants Programme for the Asia Pacific Alliance (APA) to Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, and New Zealand. Her areas of expertise include SRHR, young people’s SRHR, comprehensive sexuality education, maternal health, HIV and AIDS, public health, research, training/talk and project management.
She has written articles on women’s SRH and nutrition, as well as publication on interlinkages of population and development. She holds a Masters in Community Health (women’s health), and a Degree in Human Development (nutrition). She also holds a Post-graduate Diploma in Christian Ministry from a theological school in Singapore and has worked in a Methodist church in Malaysia.
Mei Poh joined ARROW with over 15 years of financial management experience in multifaceted organisations as a Finance and Administration Manager. She has developed a strong business and organisational acumen which has gone beyond financial literacy. She has been trained to understand the real meaning of the numbers and to visualise the decisions and strategies that the numbers are a result of, thus able to create a mental picture of the total organisation. Mei Poh participates in a community project associated with her church entitled HOPE – ‘helping other people’ which focuses on food distribution to the poor, in support of their monthly basic food necessity and social bonding.
Pare first joined ARROW as a part time staff in preparation for the regional meeting “Beyond ICPD & the MDGs: NGOs Strategizing for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Asia-Pacific”. She then officially joined ARROW in July 2012, as an Administrative Officer. Prior to ARROW, Pare worked in the service industry for 13 years and in a publishing house for six years. She is also a qualified therapist, specializing in autism.
Azura joined ARROW in December 2007 and is currently working as ARROW’s Assistant Administrative Officer. Her responsibilities include providing general administrative support to ARROW’s administration and management team. She brings to ARROW her vast experience in working for NGOs in Malaysia. She graduated from Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia in 1997 and received her Degree in Public Administration.
Azmilia 'Mia' Kamil graduated from University Technology Mara (UiTM) and majored in finance. She just celebrated her 10th anniversary as an Accountant. Her working experiences were from various type of industries such as advertising, property, manufacturing where she has been involved with all types of financial reporting exercises, striving to meet due dates. In other words, she has an eye for due dates. Apart from work, she loves reading, outdoors activities and traveling. Before joining ARROW, Mia participated in a project under UNICEF and currently on her spare time, she volunteers in a project associated with RJK – “Rumah Jalinan Kasih”, which aids underprivileged children.