World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Re-framing, Re-articulating and Re-energizing SRHR


Friday February 22, 2013

PRESS RELEASE

Re-framing, Re-articulating and Re-energizing SRHR in the Pacific

Pacific feminists, and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) advocates call on the Papua New Guinea State to urgently repeal the Sorcery Act. This call also extends to the immediate and full investigation and prosecution of all criminal cases to prevent further torture and extrajudicial killing of women and girls under the guise of eliminating witchcraft and sorcery.

The call was made at an inaugural gathering of a broad and diverse coalition of women and trans* people working in the area of SRHR, gender, erotic, economic, ecological justice and political transformation from Chuuk Federated States of Micronesia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

“We demand that States and regional and global institutions make a concerted effect to ensure that the seriousness and frequency of these crimes are acknowledged and that official responses are immediate, strong and effective,” said Noelene Nabulivou, on behalf of the co-conveners of the gathering.

The four-day meeting in Nadi from February 12-15th saw thirty-two participants take stock of the progress in SRHR made over the past 20 years by State and non-State actors. Participants also critically analyzed, mapped and strategized towards more effective advancement of SRHR in the Pacific region.

Pacific women and their communities are today confronted by an onslaught of complex and interlinked challenges that affect our ability to access our sexual and reproductive health and rights.

“We are motivated by the realities of extremely high levels of sexual and gender based violence; exceptionally high rates of sexually transmitted infections including Chlamydia, and also the low and stagnant level of women parliamentary representatives across the Pacific, to urgently call for a re-framing of analysis; re-articulation of SRHR strategies and re-energizing of the Pacific SRHR movement,” said Nabulivou.

“Pacific women and trans* advocates in Nadi last week clearly stated that bodily integrity and autonomy is at the core of all work on SRHR, elimination of sexual and gender based violence, and toward gender equality advancement in the region. Participants called for the international adoption of sexual rights as human rights and reaffirmed the protection and promotion of reproductive rights as human rights. They also affirmed that the rights of women and girls must not be bargained away by governments when they negotiate financial, trade, environmental and climate change agreements. All State policy must therefore, include recognition of women’s critical roles within our states and societies”, she said.

On the final day of the meeting, the participants met with key allies from UN agencies, regional and global development and human rights institutions, to strategize on ways to take this Call forward.

The co-conveners look forward to building a stronger and wider coalition on this important work by Pacific women and trans* feminists, and wider allies.

The full Pacific SRHR Feminist Statement can be accessed here: http://www.dawnnet.org/advocacy-cso.php?id=277

This regional meeting was co-convened by Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN); Fiji Women's Rights Movement (FWRM); Diverse Voices and Action for Equality (DIVA); and Pacific Youth Council (PYC).

We acknowledge the global feminist solidarity work that has informed this process, including from those of us working on the Women's Rallying Call on ICPD@20, 'Our Rights, Our Lives: Women’s Call to Action Toward Cairo+20'.

ENDS.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Ban Condemns Killing Of Former Lesotho Military Commander

United Nations Secretary-General today condemned the killing of Lt. Gen. Maaparankoe Mahao, former Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force, on 25 June, near Maseru. More>>

Ban Welcomes US Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

Ban welcomes US Supreme Court ruling guaranteeing right to same-sex marriage Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) pride march. Photo: OHCHR/Joseph Smida More>>

UN Agency Welcomes EU Measures On Refugee Arrivals

Afghan refugees in front of the abandoned hotel Captain Elias on Kos Island, Greece, where hundreds of refugees and migrants are waiting for their registration. Photo: UNHCR/J. Akkash More>>

Increase In Voluntary Blood Donors Can Save Millions Of Lives

Increase in voluntary blood donors can save millions of lives, UN health agency says on World Day More>>

Kenya: Funding Shortage Means Food Cut To 500,000 Refugees

Funding shortage forces UN agency to temporarily cut food aid to 500,000 refugees in Kenya More>>

UN Launches Education Appeal In Fight Against Child Labour

12 June 2015 – The United Nations has announced it is marking the 2015 edition of the World Day Against Child Labour with a call for the international community to invest in quality education as a key step in the fight against child employment ... More>>

Pope Francis & UN Agency On Sustainability Of Agriculture

Pope Francis (centre) with delegates to the 39th FAO Conference during a special audience at the Vatican. Photo: FAO More>>

South Sudan: Call For De-Escalation Of In-Country Conflict

Women and children have suffered devastating attacks in South Sudan’s Unity State. Photo: UNICEF/South Sudan/Sebastian Rich More>>

Burundi: Emergency Support To Refugees Fleeing Burundi Crisis

Burundians fleeing pre-election violence rest on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a gruelling 22-hour boat journey. More than 100,000 Burundians have fled over the past month, arriving in Tanzania, Rwanda and ... More>>

Afghanistan: Commitment To Advancing Women's Rights

While the outgoing senior United Nations rights official in Afghanistan said she expected the human rights advances made “will be sustained, will not be rolled back, and will not be sacrificed,” she lamented the high level of violence against ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news