Hidden Pockets Collective participated at 9th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health Rights in Vietnam in 2017.
The Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights is a biennial gathering of civil society, young people, academia, government, media, private sector, and development partners from the region concerned about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The first APCRSHRwas organized in 2001 in Manila and the succeeding seven conferences were hosted by countries across Asia as Thailand (2003), Malaysia (2005), India (2007), China (2009), Indonesia (2011), Philippines (2014), and Myanmar (2016). It was the first time Viet Nam hosted this conference in the context of Viet Nam had big change in laws and policies related to SRHR.We were there to present our work with young people around abortionand comprehensive sexuality education.
It was super exciting to be there with some amazing other organisations from India like the YP Foundation and CREA.
As part of ASAP Youth Champions, Aisha George from Hidden Pockets collective was there to meet young people from Asia Pacific working on issue of abortion.
Jasmine George, as part of Women Deliver fellowship was there to share stories around usage of audio podcasts to deliver comprehensive sexuality education in schools in India.
FC2also had a booth in the conference where they were showcasing their products and even helped us in understanding their female condoms. Remember, we have reviewedtheir products in the past and were only happy to meet them in person and also get a chance to see a demonstration of the Female Condoms.
Overall, it was a great experience to meet young advocates working on sexual and reproductive health and demanding changes from their various governments. It was also fun learning about so many great initiatives being conducted in countries like Philippines, Vietnam, Pakistan , Mangolia and many other countries.