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MEN AS PARTNER IN SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH, 23-24 SEPT 2003

The MNCCRH is now organizing a National Seminar on “Men as Partners in Sexual and Reproductive Health” for related government and non-government agencies and other members ranging from decision-makers to grassroot implementators of the civil society. The participants will share, review and appraise and if necessary, to revise their programme directions and activities that will merge effectively into a national integrated plan of action for a better quality of life for women and men. The Seminar is to be held on the 23rd to 24th September 2003 at Shereton Subang Hotel & Towers, Subang Jaya, Selangor. FFPAM being the Secretariat of MNCCRH, recognizes the importance of men’s role and responsibilities in sexual and reproductive health as most decisions that affect family life made by men.

This seminar is kind of a series of advocacy seminars by MNCCRH. In year 2000, MNCCRH successfully organized a National NGO Seminar on Reproductive Health with the call to promote family life education in order to prepare young people for responsible parenthood in the future and increase their access to appropriate information; education and services in addressing their SRH care needs.

A National Youth Seminar on Youth-friendly Sexual and Reproductive Health programme with International Perspectives for related stakeholders including adolescents and youth not only from Malaysia but also from the Asia-Pacific region and selected countries of Africa and Latin America was held on 9-11 August 2002. An important outcome of the Seminar was the young people’s commitment to be partners in the fulfilment of the National Youth Agenda for Sexual and Reproductive Health.

The goal for this year is seminar is to enhance men’s responsibility and participation in sexual and reproductive health with gender perspective towards achieving a better quality of life for men and women. The specific objectives of this seminar are:
  • To provide a better understanding on men’s responsibility and participation in relation to sexual and reproductive rights and sexual and reproductive health of women and men.
  • To share and exchange experiences in innovative initiatives related to men’s responsibility and participation.
  • To identify and examine the critical issues and needs related to men’s responsibility and participation in sexual and reproductive health.
  • To develop a framework for an advocacy plan on men’s responsibility and participation in sexual and reproductive health of women and men.

About 60 persons, with 70% men and 30% women are expected to attend the Seminar. The Organising Committee invites men, representatives from related government and non-government agencies and other members ranging from decision-makers to grassroot implementators of the civil society to actively participate at the Seminar.


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