#APCRSHR10 virtual: online series for knowledge sharing, eLearning and dialogue on sexual and reproductive health and rights in Asia Pacific: June-December 2020

In the wake of the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic situation, the convenor and International Steering Committee members of the 10th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR10) had announced on 1st June 2020 that the APCRSHR10 will evolve from an in-person conference to an ongoing virtual series.

On behalf of APCRSHR10 and Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia (RHAC) we are delighted to share that #APCRSHR10 virtual will be hosted every fortnight in the form of 14 online sessions-each of about 90 minutes duration- during June to December 2020.

#APCRSHR10 virtual will feature thematic online sessions with plenary speakers and top-ranking abstract presenters, among other insights and discussions around sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), COVID-19 impact and SDGs in the Asia Pacific regional context.

Co-hosted by APCRSHR10/ RHAC and CNS, these online sessions will be streamed LIVE every fortnight from June to December 2020 on Facebook page of APCRSHR10 and CNS too.

There is no registration fee to attend APCRSHR10 virtual, and all are welcome! Those who attend and actively participate in at least any 7 of the 14 APCRSHR10 virtual sessions will be awarded an online certificate of participation in APCRSHR10 virtual in January 2021.

#APCRSHR10 virtual sessions will be:
  • Hosted on Zoom connecting online participants with SRHR leaders in Asia Pacific: www.bit.ly/apcrshr
  • Streamed on Facebook LIVE: www.facebook.com/apcrshr10
  • Recorded and made available on other social media (YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram TV, TikTok etc), APCRSHR10 and CNS websites
  • Processed into Podcasts (which will be available via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, aCast, TuneIn, BluBrry, PodTail, etc)
  • Feed into in-depth thematic articles (which get published via CNS syndication)
  • Feed into articles written by APCRSHR10 Media Fellows from several countries in the region


APCRSHR10/ RHAC and CNS teams

#APCRSHR10 Virtual episodes

29 June 2020, Monday

 PLENARY SPEAKERProf Caroline Homer click here to see her presentation slides
 ABSTRACT PRESENTERCaecilia RothOpportunities for strengthening sexual health education in schools: Findings from a student needs assessment in NSW, Australia [click here for her presentation slides]
 ABSTRACT PRESENTER Than Nguyen Phuong Hai Needs Of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) Of Students In Thai Nguyen University (TNU), Vietnam [click here for her presentation slides]
 ABSTRACT PRESENTER Jolly Mae Catalan An analysis of the age pattern of migration in Metro Manila and its sex differentials, 2005-2010 migration period
 ABSTRACT PRESENTER Rayner Kay Jin Tan Experienced homophobia and suicide ideation in young gay, bisexual, and queer men: Exploring the mediating role of depressive symptoms, self-esteem, and outness in the Pink Carpet Y Cohort Study [click here for his presentation slides]

9 July 2020, Thursday
  • Bjorn Andersson, UNFPA Regional Director, Asia-Pacific: Bjorn was present at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo in 1994, a transformative event that shaped his UN and development career.
  • Gita Sen, Harvard University and the Public Health Foundation of India: Gita played a prominent role at ICPD 1994, and has been a champion of the Programme of Action in India and globally, a key UNFPA partner who contributed to the ICPD25 Nairobi Summit in 2019as well.
  • Junice Melgar, Likhaan Center for Women's Health, Philippines: Junice has been a long-time champion of SRHR and family planning in the Philippines, playing a key role in advocating for the country's landmark Reproductive Health Law.
  • Catherine Harry, A Dose of Cath, Cambodia: An outspoken youth activist and media personality in what remains a conservative society, Catherine talks frankly about sexual and reproductive health and rights, including the rights and needs of young persons, with a highly popular YouTube channel and other multimedia platforms.
  • Cai Cong, SRHR and disability rights pioneer, China: Cong is widely regarded as a revolutionary in raising awareness of the realities of persons living with disabilities in China, breaking stereotypes and bringing about change - including in how society views SRHR issues vis-a-vis people like him. He attended ICPD25 Nairobi, and came away all the more inspired and determined to push ahead with his ground-breaking work. 
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#APCRSHR10 Virtual (3)
20 July 2020, Monday
  • Session Chair: Matelita Seva, Executive Director, Reproductive and Family Health Association of Fiji
  • Plenary speaker: Karen Hill, Director, Programmes and Operations Pacific for the International Planned Parenthood Federation
  • Abstract presentations:
    • Helen Henderson | Access to male family planning methods in Timor-Leste: findings from a participatory, qualitative research project
    • Michelle O’Connor | Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Well-Being in the Republic of Fiji
    • Anna Ravendran, Kate Burry (on behalf of Family Planning New Zealand) | SRHR in Rural Vanuatu: Knowledge, Access and Barriers
    • Olanike Adedeji | Roadmap to achieving Zero Unmet need in the Pacific

Young people and SRHR in Asia Pacific
3rd August, Monday
  • Session Chair: Heidrun Fritze, Technical Analyst, Adolescents and Youth, UNFPA Asia Pacific
  • Plenary Speaker: Vu Tran Dung, Vice Chair, Youth LEAD
  • Abstract presentations:
    • Nalini Khurana | The cost of “growing up”: Intensification of regressive norms and practices impacting adolescent girls in Jharkhand, India
    • SM Shaikat | Ensuring Youth Voices by Establishing Sustainable National Platform for SRHR
    • Nicole Banister | Leveraging sport to improve perceptions of violence and sexual and reproductive health and rights for adolescents: Insights gained from Grassroot Soccer’s play-based approach in Papua New Guinea
    • Shiang Cheng Lim | Overprotected and Underserved – Legal barriers to young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health services in South-East Asia countries

10th August, Monday

Moderator: Waimarama Matena (New Zealand)

  • Sarah Elago, Congressperson, Philippine House of Representatives, the Philippines
  • Ni Luh Eka Purni Astiti (Eka), “Get Up Speak Out” (GUSO) Programme Youth Country Coordinator, Indonesia
  • Tamani Rarama, Coordinator - Secretary Fiji Youth SRHR Alliance (FYSA), Fiji
  • Min Thet Phyo San, Myanmar Youth Stars & member of YouthLEAD, Myanmar
  • Pratishtha Deveshwar, Inclusion and Accessibility Rights Advocate, India
  • Lakey Tshering, Social Advocate & YPEER International Coordinator, Bhutan