Declaration of African Parliamentarians in lead up to International Parliamentarians Conference on the Implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action (IPCI)

“Following a three-day meeting in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, the Forum of African Parliamentarians on Population and Development (FPA) have reaffirmed their commitment to gender equality, women empowerment, elimination of violence against women, as well as to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health services, free from all forms of discrimination.” (Source: International Planning Parenthood Federation – Africa Region)


“Declaration of African Parliamentarians participating in the General Assembly of the Forum of African Parliamentarians on Population and Development (FPA) Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire

March edition of CAPPD’s 2014 factsheet is now available! / Édition de mars du série de fiche informatives de l’ACPPD maintenant disponible!

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The March edition of the Canadian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (CAPPD)’s factsheet focuses on sexual and reproductive health and rights within the context of international development frameworks, including the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development’s Programme of Action (ICPD PoA), the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (PfA) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The factsheet provides background information on all three frameworks, and explores how they contribute to realizing individuals’ sexual and reproductive rights.

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CAPPD launches February edition of its 2014 factsheets on topic of ‘human rights-based approach’

The February edition of CAPPD’s factsheet focuses on the role of parliamentarians in ensuring that governments uphold commitments and obligations relating to human rights, including sexual and reproductive rights, both domestically and in its foreign relations and development cooperation. The factsheet provides concrete examples of what parliamentarians can do in this regard, and where to find additional information on the subject. 

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“Parliamentarians can play a vital accountability role to ensure that their government upholds commitments and obligations relating to human rights, including [...]

ICPD@20 Global Report Released

The ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Report is the culmination of a landmark UN review of progress, gaps, challenges and emerging issues in relation to the ICPD Programme of Action. It gathers data from 176 member states, alongside inputs from civil society and comprehensive academic research. Asserting the PoA’s relevance to the Post2015 development agenda, the report stresses inequalities – the cost of inequality for dignity and for sustainable development – and how investments in gender equality and rights, in youth, health and education and securing the [...]

Op-ed by CAPPD Chair, Rathika Sistabaiesan, and ACPD ED “What Canada Can Do About Adolescent Pregnancy and Forced Marriages”

Originally published, on November 10th 2013, via the Huffington Post.

“What Canada Can Do About Adolescent Pregnancy and Forced Marriages”

On October 30, UNFPA released its 2013 State of World Population Report on the theme of adolescent pregnancy globally. The report draws critical links between the issue of adolescent pregnancy, early and forced marriage, sexual violence and maternal mortality — all priority development issues for the Canadian government.

These human rights violations can lead to adolescent pregnancy. Over 39,000 girls are married every day and 90 per cent [...]