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AFPPD - Policy Round Up #154 - June 2016

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UN urges collective action ahead of forum to fast-track AIDS response over next five years
6 June 2016 – While much has been done over the past few years to halt and reverse the AIDS epidemic, the international community is set to gather for a three-day meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York later this week in order to propel the global response on a fast-track approach and chart the way towards ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). (Read More)

Universal Health Coverage: Protecting the Most Vulnerable
With the passage of the new Sustainable Developments Goals, Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is quickly becoming the new North Star guiding global health development. UHC means everyone can get quality, affordable health care, even those who are traditionally marginalized or vulnerable. UHC also was an item of discussion during the Group of Seven (G7) nations' summit in Japan in May. (Read More)

*Please also see the AFPPD Conference Report of the G7 Global Conference of Parliamentarians on Population and Development Toward the 2016 G7 Ise-Shima Summit for the GCPPD Declaration and Recommendations and the G7 Leaders' Declaration.

Malaysia warned high out-of-pocket health expenses can cause catastrophe
KUALA LUMPUR, June 2 ― Over a third of Malaysians are directly paying for medical services despite universal health care here, an excessive figure that can lead to financial catastrophe, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said today. (Read More)

This all-female coding school in Afghanistan is tearing down gender inequalities
Code to Inspire is Afghanistan's award-winning first all-girls coding school--and they're coding their way to gender equality. Fereshteh Forough belonged to an Afghan refugee family that moved to Iran after the Taliban took power in 1996. Once the Taliban regime collapsed in Afghanistan in 2001, she moved back to Afghanistan. She earned a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Berlin before she started teaching Computer Science at the University of Herat in Afghanistan. (Read More)

The link between smoking and gender equality in work
What's smoking got to do with women in management? Quite a lot, according to the federal sex discrimination commissioner Kate Jenkins, who is using the success of public health campaigns to stub out smoking and end domestic violence to chip away at Australia's entrenched attitudes to gender. (Read More)

Women empowerment: CII's interpretation of domestic violence bill criticised

PESHAWAR: Women rights activists and chairpersons of two important bodies working for the rights of women under the umbrella of the provincial government expressed their concerns regarding the role of Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) and its continuous dissatisfaction with K-P domestic violence bill. (Read More)

Women's Forum meets on gender policy development
A one-day National Women's Forum to discuss the work done on a National Policy on Gender and Development 2014-18, while mapping out a way forward to achieve its aims was held on Thursday, 16 June at Tungi Colonnade. Key stakeholders from the Women's Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Tonga Police, Ministry of Finance and other government departments with representatives from the Tonga National Centre for Women and Children, Women and Children Crisis Center, Girl Guides, Civil Society and NGOs attended, with the Minister of Internal Affairs Hon. Fe'ao Vakata opening the forum. (Read More)


Sex education lifts off as Nepal launches mission to get message to young people
"Which contraceptive protects you against pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases?" In a flurry, the group of young people crowded into a room in the Marie Stopes centre in Kathmandu grab cards on which "condom" is written, and shout out their answers. There'll be a prize for the quickest and the loudest. (Read More)


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