As part of our commitment to strengthening the women’s movement through building regional partnerships for advocacy, the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) periodically organizes regional strategic planning meetings. At these events, our partners participate in identifying emerging challenges to women’s health and rights, and facilitate regional cooperation aimed at enhancing the national level advocacy of partner organisations.
In 2001, ARROW’s Regional Partners Meeting identified the need to systematically invest in building a strong Asia Pacific partnership for advocacy on sexual and reproductive health and rights. The purpose of this partnership was to strengthen the linkages between the local, national and international level advocacy so that the impact of efforts to influence policy and programme change is increased.
Originally planned for implementation in 13 priority countries within the Asia Pacific region, WHRAP was first implemented in 2003 within four South Asian countries – India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan. The modality was then expanded to include China in 2007. ARROW is currently investing in advancing WHRAP to Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand,Philippines and Fiji.