RESURJ at the 44th Session of the UN Commission on Population and Development

On April 11, 2011, the Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice (RESURJ) Alliance, launched its 10 Point Action Agenda (RESURJ by 2015) at the 44thSession of the Commission on Population and Development. RESURJ members also participated in a number of panels, training opportunities, and advocacy on the negotiations for the CPD.

The International Women’s Health Coalition held an Advocacy In Practice (AiP) training on April 7,8 2011 prior to the CPD, for RESURJ alliance members and International Year of Youth Coalition participants. This training trained 18 young people from 16 countries on how to effectively advocate at the CPD by revising important international agreements, particularly the Cairo Program of Action and international sexual and reproductive rights and health language and advocacy strategies.

In addition to advocating for a strong resolution at the CPD, RESURJ members were engaged in numerous activities throughout the week advocating for RESURJ by 2015: An Action Agenda!

Neha Sood (India) moderated a panel titled “Putting Girls First” hosted by IPPF with key note speeches from Dr. Babatunde Osotemehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, and Judith Bruce, from the Population Council.

Eugenia Lopez (Mexico) participated in a panel hosted by the Guttmacher Institute and Planned Parenthood Federation of America on Case Studies on Policy Change Around Safe Abortion.

Ishita Chaudhry (India), Zawadi N’yongo (Kenya), and Eugenia Lopez (Mexico), spoke at the International Women’s Health Coalition’s New Leadership Council event on Local to Global Advocacy.

Rachel Arinii (Indonesia), Kalindy Bolivar (Ecuador), and Mariclaire Price (UK) all participated in UNFPA- sponsored youth caucuses, and made statements at the CPD on needing to prioritize the sexual and reproductive rights and health of adolescents and young women in development plans.

Ishita Chaudhry (India) spoke at an event hosted by Population Action International “Sharing our Voices: Youth and CPD” about RESURJ’s 10 point action agenda and successful comprehensive sexuality education programs as key to development and health outcomes.