[Event] Saving Young Women’s Lives, Avoiding Early Pregnancy, Strengthening Sexuality Education and Sexual Responsibility -WomanHealth Philippines

Dear Friends,

An estimated 1 out of 4 young Filipino women aged 15-24 get pregnant, and approximately 4 of them die each day from complications in pregnancy and childbirth.

Yet these numbers do not reflect the struggle that these young women face to save their lives. Neither does it show the rise in early pregnancy from girls under-15. What it does illustrate is the need for existing programs and strategies to be evaluated, and to identify and implement best practices that empower young women to avoid early pregnancy and to strengthen their sexual responsibility.

In observance of the International Day of Action for Women’s Health and in celebration of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development‘s resolution on addressing young people’s sexual and reproductive health, WomanHealth Philippines together with the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Women Sectoral Council in partnership with the Office of Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte-Alimurung and the NAPC Gender and Development Focal Point is holding a dialogue entitled Saving Young Women’s Lives, Avoiding Early Pregnancy, Strengthening Sexuality Education and Sexual Responsibility on May 28, 2012, Monday from 9am to 3pm at Training Rooms A and B, 3rd Floor, Legislative Building, Quezon City Hall. The dialogue aims to answer the question, ‘what else can be done to save young women’s lives?’

The Office of the Vice Mayor will give the opening message. Ms. Zeny Recidoro of the Department of Health will give the national situation, plans and programs on young women sexual and reproductive health, while Dr. Antonietta Inumerable of the Quezon City Health Office will give the local situation, plans and programs. National Youth Commission Commissioner-at-Large Percy Cendaña, Sangguniang Kabataan National Federation President Gabriel Louise del Rosario, Quezon City Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President John Ansell de Guzman, Youth and Students Advancing Gender Equality, and Reproductive Health Alliance Network Youth will share their strategies, initiatives, and identify the gaps. Dr. Zelda Zablan of the UP Population Institute Demographic, Research and Development Foundation will synthesize and highlight what else needs to be done.

Your participation is highly appreciated.

For confirmation of your attendance or further clarification please contact me at 09172069803 or thru womanhealth87@yahoo.com.

Have a beautiful day.

Respectfully,

May-i Fabros
Coordinator, Young Women Collective
WomanHealth Philippines

Member, NAPC Women Sectoral Council

Room 130 Alumni Center, UP Campus, Quezon City
womanhealth87@yahoo.com

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