activists and advocates from 15 countries in asia-pacific call for #SRHR4ALL

May 13, 2014 dsc_0213b


ARROW, along with partners, is pleased to announce the launch of the SRHR for ALL campaign. This campaign is part of a project called Strengthening the Networking, Knowledge Management and Advocacy Capacities of an Asia-Pacific Network for SRHR, which is funded by the European Union and is implemented by the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) with partners from 15 countries* in the Asia-Pacific: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.


Siva Thanenthiran, Executive Director of ARROW, said, “It is crucial that universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is achieved in Asia-Pacific and that SRHR becomes an integral part of the review of the ICPD POA and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Twenty years after governments agreed to the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action (ICPD POA), gaps remain. High maternal mortality ratio, high adolescent birth rates, high unmet need for contraception, are all indicative of low SRH indicators in the region.”


The attainment of SRHR for all is further exacerbated by the impact of religious and political conservatism, fundamentalism and extremism, and increased vulnerabilities to migration, climate change, disasters, conflict, displacement, poverty and food insecurity. Additionally, 55% of the people in the world who require SRH services, and whose sexual and reproductive rights need to be affirmed, live in the Asia-Pacific region.


SRHR for ALL is being conducted mainly as an online campaign on the following platforms:


The campaign will also incorporate offline interventions, such as advocating at key events on national, regional and international levels.


The SRHR for ALL campaign aims to:


Highlight and continue the discussions on SRHR in the public arena.


Call for the recognition and affirmation that sexual and reproductive rights are human rights. Promote SRHR from an affirmative framework, recognising that it has positive aspects (pleasure, comfort, love, sex, pleasure, relationships, desires, and choice), as well as a dark side thus aiming to prevent and address discrimination and violence.


Push national, regional and international decision makers to put SRHR in the development agenda, and recognise that it is central for achieving social justice and to the achievement of sustainable development goals. To urge them to improve SRHR policies and programmes, thereby ensuring universality of sexual and reproductive rights and striving for universal and equitable access to quality, integrated and comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services.

Anyone can join and support SRHR for ALL in the following ways.

FOLLOW US You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter and stay updated.

TELL YOUR FRIENDS And their friends! Help us spread the word about this campaign.

PEOPLE POWER You can join our various interventions like twitterthons, photo/video campaigns, and others.

HELP US TREND Spread our hashtag #SRHR4ALL.

For further information please write to Sachini Perera at [email protected] or [email protected]


*Implementing partners are:

Bangladesh Naripokkho
Cambodia Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia (RHAC)
China The Yunnan Health and Development Research Association (YHDRA)
India Rural Women’s Social Education Centre (RUWSEC)
Indonesia Yayasan Kesehatan Perempuan (YKP)
Laos Vientiane Youth Center for Health and Development of Lao Women and Faculty of Postgraduate Studies, University of Health Sciences, Lao PDR
Malaysia Federation of Reproductive Health Associations, Malaysia (FRHAM)
Maldives Society for Health Education (SHE)
Mongolia MONFEMNET National Network
Nepal Beyond Beijing Committee (BBC)
Pakistan Shirkat Gah – Women’s Resource Centre
The Philippines Likhaan Center for Women’s Health
Sri Lanka Women and Media Collective (WMC)
Thailand MAP Foundation
Vietnam Centre for Creative Interventions in Health and Population (CCHIP)

This project is funded by the European Union

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