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Global Leaders Call for Accelerated Progress on Family Planning at Women Deliver 2013

Posted on 30. May, 2013 by in Contraception, SASsy Events

Melinda Gates, Babatunde Osotimehin and others highlight progress in expanding contraceptive access

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  — On the second day of Women Deliver 2013, the largest conference on girls and women of the decade, global leaders announced progress and new commitments toward expanding contraceptive access for women in developing countries. They also outlined plans for sustaining this momentum in the years to come.

The day’s events built on commitments and energy generated at the landmark July 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, where global leaders pledged more than US $2.6 billion to provide 120 million more women and girls in the world’s poorest countries with voluntary access to contraceptive services, information and supplies by 2020. Speakers at Women Deliver 2013 discussed strategies to reach women and girls in developing countries who do not want to become pregnant, but lack access to contraceptives.

“Putting women at the center of development and delivering solutions that meet their needs will result in huge improvements in health, prosperity and quality of life,” said Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Co-Chair Melinda Gates. “When women have access to contraceptives they’re healthier, their children are healthier, and their families thrive.”

At the morning plenary session—led by Melinda Gates and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director and Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) Co-Chair Babatunde Osotimehin—government leaders from Africa and Asia highlighted concrete examples of progress on family planning and reaffirmed commitments to further expanding contraceptive access:

  • Senegal’s Minister of Health Dr. Awa Coll-Seck discussed the country’s dramatic progress in eliminating contraceptive stock-outs since the national family planning program’s roll-out in November 2012, doubling the budget to CFA 200 million with plans for further increases in 2015.
  • The Philippines’ Secretary of Health Dr. Enrique T. Ona discussed the country’s historic passage of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act, after a nearly 15-year battle.
  • The First Lady of Zambia, Her Excellency Dr. Christine Kaseba-Sata, highlighted Zambia’s stalwart commitment to expanding family planning access in the country, which launched its national family planning program last month.
  • Indonesia’s Minister of Health Dr. Nafsiah Mboi announced the government’s increase in funding for long-acting reversible contraceptives, as part of its redoubled efforts to regain momentum on family planning access after recent plateaus.
  • National Coordinator for Malawi’s Safe Motherhood Initiative, Mrs. Dorothy Ngoma, discussed the government’s efforts to considerably strengthen the family planning component of safe motherhood efforts countrywide.

“These countries show that we can make an impact on women’s access to reproductive health if we rally the necessary political will and financial commitments,” said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. “Expanding access to contraceptives is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to save lives and ensure the health and wellbeing of future generations.”

Continued advocacy will be needed to ensure that governments sustain and increase their commitments to family planning and to girls’ and women’s health and rights more broadly. In addition to a high-level plenary on innovative advocacy strategies, Global Poverty Project (GPP) CEO and Co-Founder Hugh Evans announced the new advocacy campaign It Takes Two, led by GPP in partnership with Women Deliver. This campaign aims to motivate young men and women to take action in support of family planning services and information, and to hold governments accountable for their FP2020 commitments.

The day’s conversations helped set the stage for Thursday’s discussions on the critical role of girls and women in the post-Millennium Development Goal framework. Speakers will include United Nations Development Program Administrator Helen Clark, Former President of Finland Tarja Halonen, High-Level Task Force on ICPD Member HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and African Women’s Development Fund CEO Theo Sowa, among others.

For live webcasts and archived videos of conference plenaries, presidential sessions and press conferences, please click here. Images are available on the Women Deliver Flickr page, and additional content is availablehere.

To access the full Women Deliver 2013 schedule, please click here.

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YES 2 HIV Test! A Bloggers’ Forum on the 30th IACM

Posted on 30. May, 2013 by in HIV/AIDS, SASsy Events

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Decade’s Largest Global Conference on Women and Girls Begins Tuesday in Kuala Lumpur

Posted on 27. May, 2013 by in SASsy Events

Decade’s Largest Global Conference on Women and Girls Begins Tuesday in Kuala Lumpur
Thousands of international leaders and advocates to call for investments in
women’s health and rights at Women Deliver 2013

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 27, 2013 – This Tuesday, more than 3,000 world leaders, policymakers and advocates representing over 150 countries will convene in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for Women Deliver 2013, the decade’s largest meeting focused on girls’ and women’s health and rights.

The conference will feature more than 100 sessions with talks by some of the world’s leading voices on girls’ and women’s issues, including Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Chelsea Clinton, Board Member of the Clinton Foundation; Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Foundation (UNFPA); and Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Malaysian Prime Minister Honorable Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak will lead the opening ceremony on the first day of the meeting.

The Women Deliver 2013 conference will focus on themes including:

  • the economic and social benefits of investing in girls and women;
  • how to achieve the goal of reaching 120 million more women with voluntary family planning services by 2020; and
  • the need to place girls and women at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda.

During the meeting, organizations such as the World Bank, the Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organization will release major new research and reports focused on the benefits of investing in girls and women.

“Women Deliver 2010 was critical in showing that investing in girls and women is not only the right thing to do, it is also good for the economy and good for society,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who gave opening remarks at Women Deliver 2010 and later that year launched the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. “Women Deliver 2013 will be an opportunity to keep up the pressure and to affirm our plans for the period ahead.”

Women Deliver 2013 takes place at a critical time, just days before the Secretary-General will receive recommendations for the post-2015 development framework. Conference speakers and attendees will call for action to ensure that girls and women are prioritized in the lead-up to the 2015 Millennium Development Goal deadline and beyond.

WHAT: Women Deliver 2013 conference

WHEN: Tuesday, May 28 to Thursday, May 30, 2013

WHERE: Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This will be Women Deliver’s first conference in Asia.

WEBCAST: Live webcast and archived video of all plenaries and presidential sessions will be available at http://new.livestream.com/womendeliver/conference2013.

PRESS PROGRAM: Online media resources, including the press program and press releases, available here.

PRESS CONFERENCES: Press conferences will occur daily and feature global leaders and advocates.

REGISTRATION: Complimentary for journalists and bloggers who cover women’s issues – both on-site and virtual registration available; click here to register.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow @womendeliver and #WD2013 on Twitter; visit Women Deliver on Facebook.

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I Don’t Think You’re Ready For This Jelly

Posted on 20. Mar, 2013 by in SASsy Events

Thanks for agreeing to come to our jelly on Thursday!

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We’re often asked what a jelly is — so here goes:

What is a jelly?

A jelly is a casual, fun co-working event where unique individuals are brought together with the hope of creating a fruitful discussion or potential collaborations.

This month, ChannelGood along with Homegrown.ph and Co.Lab is hosting the Jelly for Women’s Month and we want you to be a part of it. We have invited advocates, entrepreneurs, and artists and we are setting up the space to be conducive for sharing stories and exchanging ideas on how we can all move women’s interests forward.

To help us prepare, may we please ask you to answer this very short survey? :)

Do you have a dream project for advancing any women’s issue? If yes, could you share? If none, what issue would you be interested to work on? (i.e. Rate of teenage pregnancies, lack of employment opportunities, create stronger voice in the media, etc.)
What do you need to advance your big idea?
Do you need design services? Project partners? Funding? Connection to the right people?
What can you offer that can contribute to another’s movement?
Anything goes for this one! Well, for all the questions, really :)
If you have any questions or need directions going to Co.Lab, just let us know.

Yay! We’re REALLY, REALLY excited for this!

Love,
Chely, Deng, and Aissa

PS. Thank you to our Food Sponsor – Seven Spice Shop! :)

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You Have Every Right Exhibit: A Study on Manila by Women Artists

Posted on 19. Mar, 2013 by in SASsy Events

You Have Every Right Exhibit: A Study on Manila by Women Artists

By: Nicai de Guzman

Discourse on women’s rights and socio-political structures have been tackled by various government agencies, in courtrooms, and even at homes. Women have always taken a participatory role in these discussions, expressing themselves using different media including art.

This is exactly why independent curator Lian Ladia and her team of women artists organized the You Have Every Right Exhibit: An All-Female Show at the Ateneo Art Gallery.

Ladia, together with Ateneo de Manila University, invited women artists fromAustralia,Germany,Sweden,Denmark, andManila, to stay in metro and create works about the city. The result is a gallery of paintings, installation art, and performance installation which also made use of media and technology.

“The exhibition itself was not the finalizing factor for the works. Rather, the project focused on a process-oriented approach to art-making,” Ladia said.

Ladia explained that embedded in the works of the artists is a study of discrimination, objectification, oppression, patriarchy, stereotyping, roles of power, and more.

“I wanted to give the artists an opportunity to respond to the present, and pursue their current concerns in Manila, a country leading in gender equality, top eight in the World Economic Forum 2013,” she said.

An example is Chilean artist Claudia Del Fierro’s “Artefacto para remediar el registro” or Device to remedy the record. The installation art is a diptych video projection hidden in a maze of make-shift architecture. Inside are juxtaposed videos of a library and its stillness, andManila’s daily public life.

Another is Copanhagen-based Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen’s performance and installation piece Gaia#2. Performed is a “self-healing ritual nullification” involving volcanic rocks fromMt.Pinatubo, sand, 3-piece ritual family clothing, coconut shells, and pig’s blood.

One of the Manila-based artists, Maria Cruz, is an advocate of a more speculative role for art. She chose Celso Ad Castillo’s 1971 film Nympha as inspiration for her paintings.

“I chose to work with the film Nympha because the narrative is familiar not just to me, but to many…I rely a lot on personal memory on attempts to recreate any chosen subject. Text or script as forms play a role as well,” Cruz said.

Ladia said that the exhibition seeks to identify a sense of introspection and a brief pause from western feminist theory so that “Manila” be the center of discussion. In this case, Ladia said, the feminist eye was more practiced than academically discussed.

“The audience, artists and organizers where invited to engage, and discover even if for the first time, without restrictions, to push an idea, curiosity, question or intuition, exploring one’s own every right – and one’s own power and ability, to just do,” Ladia said.

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Ending violence against women is critical to ending AIDS

Posted on 08. Mar, 2013 by in Global Issues, SASsy Events

Message from UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé on International Women’s Day

GENEVA, 8 March 2013—On this day when we honour women, let me speak directly to the men. As husbands and partners, brothers and sons, we must be part of the solution to build a world where women and men are equal.

An equal world is one where all women and men have access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. It is one where women and men can equally protect themselves from HIV.  And it is a world where women and girls are free to reach their full potential—without fear of violence from men.

Ending violence against women is not only an urgent human rights need—it is critical to ending AIDS. Up to 7 out of 10 women experience violence in their lifetime. Violence or the fear of violence can prevent women from negotiating safer sex. At the same time women living with HIV are often more vulnerable to violence, which can stop women from getting the HIV care and treatment they need.

Today, half of all people living with HIV are women. Every minute one young woman is infected with HIV. This is not acceptable. Only when we value a girl’s health and welfare as highly as a boy’s, only when we listen and act equally to women’s voices—then can we have a chance at ending this epidemic.

On this International Women’s Day, I am counting on you to stand together as caring communities. Let us reach for shared dignity, mutual respect and a renewed commitment to end violence against women and girls.

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Social NetWorth goes to Laoag

Posted on 26. Feb, 2013 by in SASsy Events

Social NetWorth goes to Laoag

Last stop for Social NetWorth: Laoag

After Davao and Dumaguete, Mulat Pinoy is bringing the Social NetWorth tour to a close in Laoag. On March 1, Northwestern University is hosting the Social NetWorth Regional Youth Forum-Luzon. NWU welcomes the discussion on population and development, social media and youth sexuality. The event will be held in the New Media Center, Paramedics Building, Laoag City, at 1:00 PM.

Social NetWorth began as a four-day workshop for college students in February 2012. The first workshop took place in Metro Manila and was attended by 24 college students from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Now a regional forum series, Mulat Pinoy first brought Social NetWorth nationwide with a visit to the Davao’s University of Mindanao on August 29, 2012. Participating in the forum were WWF-Philippines, the Commission on Population, the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines and Sun.Star Davao. Over 450 students from UM and Holy Cross attended the event.

The next stop was Dumaguete’s Silliman University in September 2012. Public health journalist Ana Santos of Sex and Sensibilities and Rappler.com’s Michael Josh Villanueva were the speakers.

‘Social NetWorth-Laoag’ will feature the documentary, PopDev for YOUth. This documentary was shot, produced and edited by the Kabataan News Network, a project of the Probe Media Foundation, Inc.  Young people from all over the Philippines were trained in the production of video reports.

Another segment in the program is ‘Puro na lang sex!,’ talking about teen sexuality, popular myths and misconceptions about sex, and why it’s important to ask questions.

The last segment in the program is ‘Responsible social media use,’ where veteran journalists will talk about the impact of social media on the way we receive and pass on information, and how social media can be a tool for social change.

The forum is free and open to the public, and students from other educational institutions in Laoag are welcome. Media coverage is requested.

RSVP on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/423464537732649/?ref=22
Tweet us during the event: @mulatpinoy #socialnetworth #laoag

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SASsy ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day

Posted on 11. Feb, 2013 by in SASsy Events

SASsy ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day

by Nephele Kirong 

With just a few days left until Valentine’s Day, it’s not surprising that a lot are panicking–or scrambling–to make sure they are not alone during that day filled with love and lust. Whether you’re spending the day with your lover, partner, boyfriend or husband (hopefully, they’re all the same person)  or you’re making sure that your “Single Awareness Day” means it’s better to be single and always ready to mingle, there are a lot of activities you can do to enjoy the whole love month!

1)    One Billion Rising

Take your love a notch higher by joining the local counterpart of the worldwide movement One Billion Rising on February 14. Founded by Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler, the One Billion Rising campaigns to “strike, dance and rise” to end violence against women.

The movement says, “One in three women on the plant will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. One billion women violated is an atrocity. One billion women dancing is a REVOLUTION.”

Help stop the violence and join the cause by heading to Scout Castor cor. Tomas Morato Ave in Quezon City at 8 a.m. for the Parade. There will also be a morning program at Scout Madrinan, Tomas Morato Extension at 10 a.m.

The main program starts at 6 p.m. which will be divided into three segments: Strike! – directed by Christopher Millado, Dance! – hosted by Eugene Domingo and Rise! – directed by Monique Wilson. While waiting for it to start, you can scour the area and check out the booths for the event.

https://www.facebook.com/OneBillionRisingPhilippines

 

2)    Yakapalooza at the Park

After dancing to help end violence against women, you can proceed to Rizal Park and join the National Parks Development Committee’s Yakapalooza on the Park for a free concert. And maybe, just maybe, you can get a free hug.

Yakapalooza starts at 6 p.m. Guest performers include artists Bea Binene, Barbie Forteza, Derick Monasterio, Joshua Dionisio and Julie San Jose. Members of the Allan Pineda-led Jeepney Music will also grace the event.

Tip: If you like a friend, who’s also single, invite him/her to the Yakapalooza with the excuse of wanting to see one of the performers. See how he or she will react to jokes (hints, maybe?) about hugging each other, because all of the other people are hugging. If it doesn’t happen, tough luck. But then again, you still get to spend Valentine’s with him or her.  

3) Filipino Freethinkers – Darwin Date 2013

Valentine’s is also about the survival of the strongest and the fittest. If you believe so, join the Filipino Freethinkers on February 16 at 121 Grille, Pasong Tamo Extension to celebrate the Darwinian aspects of love, relationships and sexy times.

Talks will include Natural Adaptation and Selection by Sedricke Lapuz, Why Sex Matters in Evolution by Elena Ragragio, Proud of your “Pinoy DNA” by Jae Rodriguez and Darwin the Freethinker by Red Tani.

https://www.facebook.com/events/264120553721999/ 

 

4)  BASTA WRITER, SWEET LOVER

Still feeling the love? Invite your boyfriend/girlfriend to Bali Hai Garden Restaurant, Visayas Avenue, Quezon City on February 17, 6 p.m. for a night of poetry, music, wine and chocolates. Also, bring your well-kept love poems for the open mic.

Guest readers include Ceres Abanil, Rustum Gil Casia, Lourd de Veyra,Vince Dioquino, Ramil Gulle, Karen Kunawicz, Gabriela Lee and Vincenz Serrano. You can also catch Diwa de Leon, Jeff Pagaduan and Escape the C. performing for this post-Valentine’s party.

Gate: P100 with free “love potion” and chocolates

https://www.facebook.com/events/521570127863719/

5) A Science Love a’Fair

For a more scientific approach on love, relationships and everything between, the Mind Museum will be holding “A Science Love a’Fair” on February 24 from 12 to 6 p.m. It will showcase a bazaar on the tools of wooing, science and love experiments, and even a science-inspired Speed Dating!

Stock up your dating arsenal by getting to know more about aphrodisiacs, how kissing works, and of course, the male and female brain.

https://www.facebook.com/events/157907447695231/

 

6) Home Party

For the Valentine Scrooges out there, you can celebrate in your own way. Call up your similar-minded friends for a house party. Pop in those tragic and overly cheesy movies to your DVD or Blu-ray player and make a list out of all the cheesy lines you come across. Who knows? Those lines might come in handy someday. You can also check if any cable station is having an “anti-Valentine’s” marathon. Or better yet, watch horror movies. 

If you’re not a Valentine hater, but rather a hopeless romantic without a date, exchange the above-mentioned films for an Aubrey Hepburn movie collection.  From Roman Holiday to Breakfast at Tiffany’s, you and your friends can gush, swoon and sigh to your hearts’ content.

Whichever way you play it, it’ll be a win-win situation.

Whatever you end up doing. Just remember every SAS girl’s golden rule: Don’t let a hot date turn into a due date. Be sexy, SASsy and safe today and every day!

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Meet us at A Science Love a’Fair on Feb24

Posted on 03. Feb, 2013 by in SASsy Events

Meet us at A Science Love a’Fair on Feb24

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ABER (Asosasyon ng mga Babaeng umEskapo sa Realidad) short film premiere & book reading at U-View, Fully Booked The Fort Oct 13

Posted on 09. Oct, 2012 by in SASsy Events

ABER (Asosasyon ng mga Babaeng umEskapo sa Realidad) short film premiere & book reading at U-View, Fully Booked The Fort Oct 13

Cai, high-powered chief of staff of a congressman, gets a phone call one day that suddenly turns her life upside down. Hoping to distance herself from her trauma, she flees to Boracay, hiding out as a receptionist at a small bed and breakfast. Now, if only the island—and the community of former city girls who have relocated to Boracay—would just leave her alone and let her hide out and bury her pain in peace.

Screening: October 13, Saturday at 2:30pm at a cinema within a bookstore, U View Fully Booked branch in Bonifacio High Street at Fort Bonifacio Global City.

Tweet Sering, author of Astigirl and Wandergirl,  will be having the premiere of her short film “ABER (Asosasyon ng mga Babaeng umEskapo sa Realidad)” and book reading (of the short Astigirl essay that inspired the film) at U-View, Fully Booked The Fort. 

Astigirl books will be sold (P585 for paperback, P799 for hardcover) to raise funds for Tweet’s self-created writing residency this October to November 2012 (because there ain’t a whole lot of those in the ‘Pinas, to be incredibly understated about it) to continue the work on her third book (second novel).

Invite your friends, family and colleagues, come prepared to do your astig Christmas shopping (*grin*) and please do come on time. 

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