2016 Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (CAPPD) will be held on Tuesday April 12th 2016.

Please note that elections for the CAPPD Executive Committee will be held during this AGM. In keeping with the Constitution, members of the Executive Committee are elected for a period of 1 year. The Executive Committee shall consist of 9 elected members: 1 chair, 4 Vice-Chairs and 4 Directors. Every effort will be made to ensure that there is a balance between political parties and geographical representation on [...]

Support for sexual and reproductive rights – domestically and globally – in Budget 2016

Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights conducted an analysis of the ways in which sexual and reproductive health-related issues were addressed in Budget 2016. The analysis examines spending in the areas of: health care, Indigenous peoples, child care, Status of Women Canada and official development assistance. While Action Canada welcomes increases in spending in these areas, the budget fails to address: discrepancies in access to abortion services across the country, anticipated challenges associated with the upcoming roll-out of the gold-standard of abortion pills (Mifegymiso), rising rates of [...]

A Crack in the World’s Most Restrictive Abortion Law

Source: The Daily Beast | Anna Lekas Miller

Chile is one of only six countries in the world that forbids abortion even in cases of rape and incest—but a new bill could legalize the practice in extreme cases.

Earlier this month, Chile’s lower chamber voted in favor of legalizing abortion in cases of rape, incest, and fatal malformation to the fetus—marking what could be the beginning of repealing one of the strictest abortion laws in the world.

“This is historic. The chamber of deputies has brought down the last ideological [...]

Tackling Zika: Have we Learned Our Lessons on Rights?

Source: ReWire | Commentary by Luisa Cabal

Local governments and public officials should look to the reproductive rights and HIV and AIDS movements for insights into the ways in which they can more effectively center the needs of those most marginalized while fighting the Zika virus outbreak.

The Zika virus outbreak and the increase of babies being born with birth defects seemingly linked to the mosquito-transmitted disease have generated a series of prescriptions from governments of the most affected countries about what people need to do and not do. These [...]