WHRAP Regional Policy Dialogue on SRHR and MDGs (Bangkok, 27-28 July 2005)



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Conference Announcement

Women's Health and Rights Advocacy Partnership (WHRAP)

Regional Policy Dialogue
on the Critical Role of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
within the MDGs and other Development Agendas

27th & 28th of July, 2005
Bangkok, Thailand


We would like to announce that WHRAP South Asia will be conducting the above
mentioned Regional Policy Dialogue, an event jointly organised by the
Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) and the Danish
Family Planning Association.

Please find below the programme of events. Attendance is by invitation only.

If you would like to recieve a report of the proceedings, as well as
recommendations arising from the meeting, please contact Ms. Shanta Anna
Pillai at shanta@arrow.po.my.

Further information on the activities of WHRAP and follow-up from the
Regional Policy Dialogue, please contact us at the Asian-Pacific Resource
and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), Ground Floor, Block G, Anjung FELDA,
Jalan Maktab, 54000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Tel: 603- 2692 9913; Fax:
603-2692 9958; Email: arrow@arrow.po.my; Website: www.arrow.org.my.

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Programme

Wednesday, 27th July 2005

Welcome & Overview

Chair: Dr. Pervez Tahir, Chief Economist, Planning Commission, Pakistan
Speakers: Khawar Mumtaz, Executive Director, Shirkat Gah, Pakistan
Saira Shameem, Executive Director, ARROW

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Keynote - The WHO Reproductive Health Strategy presented by Dr. Neena Raina,
Regional Advisor, Adolescent Health & Development,  WHO-SEARO, New Delhi

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Panel 1 - The criticalness of SRHR to achieving the development targets of
the MDGs and beyond

Chair: Anjana Shakya, Executive Director / Founder, Beyond Beijing Committee
(BBC), Nepal
Speakers: Madhu Bala Nath, Regional Director, IPPF South Asia
Meenakshi Datta Ghosh, Principal Advisor, Planning Commission, Government of
India
Yasmeen Qazi, Senior Programme Advisor, David & Lucile Packard Foundation,
Pakistan

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Panel 2 - Comparative analysis - success stories from the region of
rights-based approaches to realising SRHR (Maternal Mortality and Young
People's SRHR)

Chair: Dr. Halida Hanum Akther, Director, Health Promotion Ltd., Bangladesh
Speakers:Dr. Lakshmen Senanayake, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist,
Sri Lanka
Dr. Jafar Ahmed Hakim, Director (MCH Services) and Line Director (MC & RH
Service Delivery), Bangladesh
Dr. Nirakar Man Shrestha, Chief Specialist, Ministry of Health, Nepal
Dr. Zahid Larik, Deputy Director, Ministry of Health, Pakistan

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Thursday, 28th July 2005

Panel 3 - Financing for development and the impact of the MDGs on national
resource allocations

Chair: Henny Hansen, International Programme Coordinator, Foreningen Sex &
Samfund Association, DFPA, Denmark
Speakers: Dr. Saradha Iyer, Legal / Research Consultant, Third World Network
Dr. Pervez Tahir, Chief Economist, Planning Commission, Pakistan
Dr. Bijaya Shrestha, Honourable Member, National Planning Commission, Nepal

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Panel 4 - Socio-economic and political constraints - Challenges and barriers
to achieving sexual and reproductive health rights

Chair: Dr. G. Giridhar, Representative in Thailand and Director, CST for ESE
Asia, UNFPA, Thailand
Speakers: Dr. Sundari Ravindran, Consultant & Researcher
Shireen Huq, Member & Project Coordinator, Naripokkho, Bangladesh
Sohail Safdar, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Women's Development, Pakistan

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Panel 5 - The UN / WB maze and other international advocacy channels for
SRHR

Chair: Mr. Nurul Islam Moni, Honourable Member of Parliament, Bangladesh
Speakers: Dr. Donya Aziz, Member of National Assembly, Ministry of
Population Welfare, Pakistan

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Plenary discussion of recommendations

Chair: Jasodhara Dasgupta, Coordinator (CEO), SAHAYOG, India

Close

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Expressions of interest will be considered for future WHRAP activities,
especially within the project's second phase in 2006, which will include
participation from South East Asia. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Saira Shameem (Sham)

Executive Director
Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW),
Ground Floor, Block G, Anjung FELDA, Jalan Maktab,
54000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: 603- 2692 9913; Fax: 603-2692 9958;
Email: sham@arrow.po.my
Website: www.arrow.org.my



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