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May 28 is International Day of Action for Women's Health

Davao City (20 May) -- May 28 is the International Day of Action for Women's Health to call world governments to fulfill its obligation in promoting anD protecting reproductive health and rights.

Women, on account of her biological and reproductive function, have differentiated health needs from men. Beyond the biological components, women vulnerability to illness, diseases and death are due to a web of economic, political, religious and cultural factors that replicate itself across communities and borders.

The campaign focus for the year is the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goal 5B, which is the reduction by 50% of maternal mortality between 1990 and 2015.

In Davao City, approximately three hundred (300) women from various groups will convene for a Film Forum on "Women's Health: Promises and Paradoxes."

Sponsored by the Integrated Gender and Development Division, Reproductive Health Network of Davao City and the Women and Children Protection Unit (of the Southern Mindanao Medical Center), the film forum will be held at the Out-patient Department, JICA Building Conference Room of the SPMC on May 25 at 1pm-5pm.

Reproductive Health being a right, it is the obligation of the Philippine government as cited in the 2006 Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee), concluding comments on the Philippines to "strengthen measures aimed at the prevention of unwanted pregnancies, including a comprehensive range of contraceptive more widely available and without any restriction, give priority attention to the situation of adolescents and that it provides sex education targeted at girls and boys, with special attention to the prevention of early pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases."

The forum hopes to unite women with the aim of demanding their representative in government to uphold access to reproductive health information and health care services and give primary importance to a person's right to reproductive self-determination. Public officials must not impose their own moral values to its constituents. They must not restrict access to information and health care services. (PR) [top]

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