ARROW presents: A day for the Asia-Pacific region to stand up, speak out and say yes, SheDecides

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

Date: 2 March

SheDecides is a movement that is critical to the Asia-Pacific region. To mark the first anniversary of the first SheDecides conference on 2 March 2018, the founding countries of SheDecides - Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark along with Finland - supported an event from the Asian Pacific Research & Resource Centre for Women (ARROW) which brought together like-minded individuals, thought-leaders, champions, donors and the media to share their stories, the lived experiences of girls and women in the region and reaffirm the pledge for SheDecides regionally. The event featured participants from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Maldives, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Vietnam. 

The event featured an interactive ‘world café’, Ted style talks and panel discussions. The SheDecides manifesto was at the core of the programme, pushing the message that every girl and every woman – everywhere – should be free from oppression, coercion and harm. Her rights should be respected, and she should be able to access the full range of live-saving and life-affirming information and health care that she needs – when she needs it, without stigma or discrimination of any kind.

Read a full wrap of the event in Asian Correspondent - Time for women to reclaim their bodies: SheDecides movement fights for sexual rights.