'One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?' and 'One in Three' film launch
18 June 2013
The PGPD hosted a panel of Australian government and NGO delegates from the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. This was followed by a short PGPD film launch, part of the global 'One Billion Rising' campaign to stop violence against women.
The PGPD hosted Sexual Health and Family Planning Australia to lead discussion with reproductive health professionals who emphasised the need for a national framework on sexual and reproductive health to tackle policy gaps from fragmented state systems.
Special guest: education activist Tajwar Kakar
12 March 2013
The PGPD and CARE Australia held hosted Afghan education activist Tajwar Kakar to speak with the Group. The Afghan-Australian champion of girl’s education focused on her work in the war-ravaged Uruzgan province and her hopes for the future of Afghanistan and its women and girls.
Sir Ronald Wilson Human Rights Award
31 October 2012
The PGPD received the Sir Ronald Wilson Human Rights award from the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) for its work in promoting the rights of women and girls, including their sexual and reproductive health rights, and combating gender-based violence since 1994
Dr Leslie Cannold, Dr Rebecca Sheehan and senior representatives from CARE Australia and Marie Stopes explored attempts in the United States to place restrictions on women's sexual and reproductive health rights and what this means for women around the world.
Women's right to a toilet: violence, fear and risk
31 October 2012
Nothing could be more basic than a toilet and yet 1.25 billion women and girls, or 1 in 3, do not have access to one. Walking long distances to find some privacy, going to the toilet under the cover of darkness or out in the open can result in serious risk of physical or sexual violence
Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek opened the briefing remarking on the important role of RU486 in facilitating access to safe medical abortion for all women in Australia, noting particularly, those who currently experence financial and geographical barriers to access. The Minister celebrated the drug passing the stringent safety and quality standards of the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration.
The PGPD hosted the Executive Director of UN Women Australia, Julie McKay, and the Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls, Penny Williams, to discuss the roll-back of strong language on reproductive rights at international fora.
Thai delegation visit
28 June 2012
The PGPD held a morning tea to meet three visiting Thai members of parliament who were part of a Young Political Leaders Program funded by the Australia Thailand Institute in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This visit was part of a program to strengthen people-to-people links between the two countries focused on young, female members of parliament.
A delegation from the House of Regional Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia gave a special PGPD only briefing, presenting a fantastic opportunity to meet directly with Indonesian MPs and discuss key issues of population and development.
The 2012 Family Planning Summit
21 June 2012
The PGPD hosted Marie Stopes and CARE Australia for a round table on the London Family Planning Summit, a summit designed to generate unprecedeted global commitments to meet the family planning needs of women in the world’s poorest countries by 2020.
In partnership with Marie Stopes International, CARE Australia, Plan Australia, the International Women's Development Agency and the Burnet Institute, the PGPD hosted a briefing and discussion about why Australia's aid program must prioritise sexual and reproductive health choices for girls and women.