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When a Health Professional Refuses: Legal and Regulatory Limits on Conscientious Objection to Provision of Abortion Care

Published in 2018

Source: Ipas

The refusal of health professionals to provide services is a significant barrier to women’s access to safe abortion and other reproductive health services. Although these providers have the right to refuse service provision under international and, in some, national law, it is necessary to have national-level legal or regulatory limits on conscientious objection to protect […]

Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs in Humanitarian Settings: An In-depth Look at Family Planning Services

Published in 2018

Source: Women’s Refugee Commission, Save the Children, UNHCR, UNFPA

The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) and Save the Children — two of the co-chairs of the Inter-agency Working Group (IAWG) adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) sub-working group — embarked on an initiative to identify effective practices for the delivery of ASRH services, inclusive of family planning components. This outcome document is designed to highlight […]

Integrating sexual and reproductive health into health emergency and disaster risk management

Published in 2018

Source: World Health Organisations (WHO)

This policy brief discusses the integration of SRH in all aspects of health emergency and disaster risk management, both for immediate health needs, such as saving lives in obstetric complications and preventing disease, as well in the long-term to reduce vulnerability and to support sustainable development of health systems and communities.

Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict: Engaging Men and Boys

Published in 2018

Source: MenEngage and UNFPA

This advocacy brief explores how to engage men and boys in preventing and responding to sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict settings. Both the prevention of such violence and the quality of responses when it has occurred will be greatly enhanced by understanding men’s varied relations to this violence and by engaging men at diverse […]

Rural Women and Migration

Published in 2018

Source: International Organisation for Migration (IOM)

This fact sheet outlines the rural women on the move, with the migration of the rural women being perceived as a family survival strategy among others. The mixed impacts arising from the migration of rural women are highlighted. Rural women migrants, depending on the context of their migration, may gain more autonomy by improving their […]

Gender and Economic Policy Management Initiative Asia and the Pacific

Published in 2018

Source: Asia Pacific Regional Centre, UNDP

In most countries time spent in unpaid work exceeds time spent in paid work. In many countries, unpaid work activities are the largest sector in an economy. This module exposes participants to the concept of unpaid work first introduced in Module 1. It explores how unpaid work might be considered – or ignored – in […]

Facts on Abortion in Asia

Published in 2018

Source: Guttmacher Institute

A brief by Guttmacher Institute on key facts pertaining to abortion in Asia – this includes the incidence of abortion; providers of clandestine abortions; legal status of abortion; as well health consequences of unsafe abortion.

Incheon Strategy to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific

Published in 2017


The Incheon Strategy builds on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Biwako Millennium Framework for Action and Biwako Plus Five towards an inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based society for persons with disabilities in Asia and the Pacific. This strategy will enable the Asian and Pacific region to track progress towards improving […]

Ageing in the Twenty-First Century: A Celebration and A Challenge

Published in 2017

Source: United Nations Population Fund

This report analyses the current situation of older persons and reviews progress in policies and actions taken by governments and other stakeholders since the Second World Assembly on Ageing in implementing the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing. It identifies gaps and provides recommendations for the way forward to ensure a society for all […]

The United Nations Development Strategy Beyond 2015

Published in 2017

Source: United Nations

This policy note reviews principles and policy alternatives for a post-2015 development agenda in the light of the analysis of lessons learned from the MDG experience and the key challenges that have emerged in recent years. It proposes that new global goals should be set to advance the core values and objectives of the Millennium Declaration, […]

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