Transcript Asia Safe Abortion Partnership (ASAP)
Asia Safe Abortion Partnership ASAP Who we are ………. • ASAP came into existence in March 2008 at the initiative of ICMA , when 37 participants from 13 countries came together and decided to create a network. Members include activists, service providers, lawyers, programme persons among others. • ASAP is a network that is linking all those who work for improving access to safe abortion services and who come from diverse backgrounds and areas of work. Website www.asap-asia.org What we have done……….. • Established a googlegroup to disseminate updated technical information / regular news on abortionrelated issues • Expanded our network and experience through international and regional conferences and workshops. • Capacity building w/s for members on understanding safe abortion as a gender and rights issue • Conducted a session at the 5th APCRSHR held in Beijing 2009. • Completed a Multi country study with legal professionals • Initiated a Misoprostol Hotline in collaboration with Women on Web. • Strategic Planning for 2010-2013 What we hope to do ……….. • Identifying advocacy opportunities and encouraging strategic interventions. • Strengthening the documentation of issues related to safe abortion in Asia by conducting surveys/operations research. • Setting up a peer to peer support / exchange visits for the providers who are new to the method of medical abortion. • Capacity building for members to develop advocacy strategies and action plans • Strategic mapping and pooling of existing resources such as technical documents, communication material. • Mapping of allies as well as opposition and creating counter arguments to anti choice propaganda. Regional Network Caucus Some new ideas from the RNC….… • Drug availability documentation across countries • Set up a midwives network to share experiences • Partner with youth groups ( for surveys, advocacy …) • Exchange visits for Ministry officials to see good examples from other similar countries Priority issue is fund raising for sustainability !!