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Background and Context:

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

Last September of the year 2000, leaders of 189 countries met at the United Nations (UN) in New York and endorsed the Millennium Declaration, a commitment to work together to build a safer, more prosperous and equitable world. The Declaration was translated into a roadmap setting out eight time-bound and measurable goals to be reached by 2015, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), namely:

Goal 1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Goal 2. Achieve universal primary education

Goal 3. Promote gender equality and empower women

Goal 4. Reduce child mortality

Goal 5. Improve maternal health

Goal 6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

Goal 7. Ensure environmental sustainability

Goal 8. Develop a global partnership for development

Trends on MDG GOALS 4&5:

This year’s report on progress towards The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) published by the United Nations (UN) highlights several milestones related to MDG 4&5:

Reasons/Solutions why MDGs 4&5 are not achieved in some regions:

In sum, of the MDG goals, Goal 4 (Reduce child mortality) and Goal 5 (Improve maternal health, and the reduction of Maternal mortality) may not be met in the above-mentioned regions. The UN-DESA report cites reasons/solutions for the problem:

Birthing Clinics needed:

For many years, the World Health Organization (WHO) promoted the training and capacity building of  Traditional Birth Attendants  (TBAs) as a good solution. Lately, the recommendation has shifted to deliveries in birthing clinics that should be equipped with birthing facilities and minimum birthing equipment.  The WHO further recommends that the birthing clinic personnel should as well be trained to recognize conditions that are beyond their primary care level and be willing to refer or consult promptly with medical doctors (MDs) for the more complicated patients that require advanced treatment. There is an important need for training, support, supervision and regulation of these birthing clinics to ensure safe practice.

What do Birthing Clinics need?

In the establishment of Birthing Clinics, the midwives and nurses were readily identified as the ready and available medical personnel to provide the needed health service of birth deliveries.  While these birthing clinics were encouraged to be established, still very little funds  were allocated to ensure that these birthing clinics will be established in key strategic areas with all the support that they need to enable them to deliver the services needed.

Key Questions:

What will the Global Congress of Women in Politics aim to achieve by adopting the theme: Maternal and Infant Mortality: a Gender issue, a Community Responsibility?

How will the community take responsibility for MDG 4&5?

Objectives

Specifically, the Congress will have the following objectives:

Overall Purpose:To provide a forum for women legislators, leaders and health care providers at all levels in formulating gender-responsive legislation, policies and programs to promote maternal and child health.

Specific Objectives:

a) to understand the phenomenon of  maternal and infant mortality, its causes, impacts, and its implications in the context of maternal and child  health;

b) to review and examine the gender aspects of maternal and child health and formulate appropriate policies/actions to address these;

c) to identify/define the global and national policy and action agenda for parliamentarians, policy advocates, women leaders and health care providers in formulating gender-responsive legislation, policies and programs to promote maternal and child health.

d) to define the roles women and communities can play in addressing maternal and infant mortality at the global, national and sub-national levels; and

Papers

The discussion on gender and maternal and child health will be organized around identifying the challenges to action, as well as defining the appropriate responses to effectively address the phenomenon of Maternal and Infant Mortality as a Gender Issue – and a community responsibility’. Inputs to the discussion will be collected and organized around: 1) geographic location; and 2) types of actions. Cross cutting these discussions will be the identification of gaps in policies national and local, levels in formulating gender-responsive legislation, policies and programs to promote maternal and child health.

The focus of the discussions will revolve around defining and elaborating policies and actions to reduce maternal and child mortality by formulating gender-responsive legislation, policies and programs to promote maternal and child health.

Health care professionals, along with their national and international associations, have a significant role in the advancement of maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH). Healthcare providers who have experience working on the front line are often placed in the unique position of educating, training and preparing the environment for change in addition to influencing national healthcare policy.

Health professionals working together at the national and community levels can make a significant contribution towards the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). We believe that strengthening national and local commitment to improving access and quality of care is an essential component of promoting safe motherhood, newborn health and child survival. We believe this is best achieved by fostering partnerships among health care professional associations and their individual members.

Organizations and all the other participants are welcome to share papers for distribution during the congress.  These papers should be emailed in advance so that they can be included in the CD of resource materials that will be distributed to the participants during the congress.

Congress Venue

    Asian Institute of Management, Makati City, Philippines

Knowledge Fair/Exhibition on Maternal and ChildHealth

A Knowledge Fair/Exhibition on ‘Maternal and Infant Mortality a Gender Issue – a community responsibility’ will be organized at the venue of the Congress: the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Hotel. Participating organizations are invited to exhibit their materials for display or for sale. Those who are interested should contact the secretariat to make their booth reservations.  There will be minimal charges for the rental of the booth.  This is aside from the space that will be made available for all organizations to display and distribute materials that you would like to share with the other participants.

Expected Output

Gender Responsive Legislative/Action Agenda on the reduction of  Maternal and Infant Mortality

About the Organizer

Global Network of Women in Politics

The Global Network of Women in Politics is a project of the Center for Asia Pacific Women in Politics (CAPWIP).  It is a loose network of organizations and individuals who are committed to the agenda of transformation in leadership, politics and communities.

This network is committed to be the forum for Women Parliamentarians to meet every 3-4 years and learn about relevant gender issues that will enable them to promote gender responsive legislation.

From the beginning, CAPWIP has recognized the need for broad international support to effectively promote women's participation in politics. The Center studied previous efforts to create a global network for WIP. They found that some of the factors that hindered the creation of an effective network were that efforts had been confined either to a small group of elite women or research institutes and/or that it had a narrow focus of interest. Realizing that CAPWIP has no real model for a global network, the group decided to work slowly toward this ultimate objective.

Time and again, CAPWIP took advantage of opportunities to talk about what it was doing. One such break was the 1994 Taipei Global Summit on Women's Leadership in Politics. The summit brought together women interested in WIP and key CAPWIP personalities, among them Supartra Masdit, Kanwaljit Soin, Sylvia Ordonez, Irene Santiago, Sochua Leiper, Annette Lu Hsiu Lien, Leticia Ramos Shahani, Kao Tien Shang, Anne Summers, and Solita Monsod. International luminaries included Bella Abzug, Monica Barnes, Joaquima Alemay, Betty Bigombe and Kazimiera Prunskiene. The group agreed to work towards forming a global network and to meet at the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the Beijing World Conference to be held in New York in March 1995.

At the PrepCom, CAPWIP posted its invitation for a "Planning Workshop for the Preparatory Activities in Beijing for the Organization of the Global Network of Women in Politics." Hosted by the African-American Institute, the 17 March workshop was attended by a large group of women which included: Christine Pintat (Inter Parliamentary Union); Anita Amlen (Swedish Federaton of Liberal Women); Jytee Lindgard (National Council of Women in Denmark); Sdalwa Sharawy Gomaa (Social Research Center, Egypt); Malena de Montis (Centro Para La Participation Democratica y El Desarrollo, Nicaragua); Nadia Raveles (Women's Parliament Forum, Surinam); Dr. Pam Rajput (Punjab University); Slote Wananisan (Fiji Mission to the UN); Dr. Ilina Sen; NandiniAsad (Working Women's Forum, India), and Ayesha Khanam (Bangladesh Mahila Parishad). The African-American Institute, which had planned a WIP meeting in Botswana, later, hosted the Planning Meeting for the Global Network of WIP held in Beijing.

Several steering committees were formed that would produce Regional WIP Platforms for Action for the Beijing Women's Conference. Focal points were established for the different regions: Nadia Raveles for Africa, Jytee Lindagard for Europe-North America, CAPWIP for Asia-Pacific, Salwa Gomaa for West Asia, and Malena de Montis for Latin America-Caribbean.

It was also agreed that a Global Network of Women in Politics (GLOBALNET) would be organized with CAPWIP serving as the permanent secretariat. In 1995, GLOBALNET was formally incorporated with CAPWIP serving as the permanent secretariat.

Since 1995, The Global network of Women In Politics (GLOBALNET) has organized three Global Congresses on current international issues related to gender. The last Global Congress was held in 2008 with the topic of Gender in Climate Change. It was the first of its kind addressing the gender issues related to climate change. In 2013, the Fourth Global Congress of Women in Politics will have for its theme ‘Maternal and Infant Mortality a Gender Issue – a community responsibility’.

Center for Asia Pacific Women in Politics CAPWIP

The CENTER FOR ASIA-PACIFIC WOMEN IN POLITICS (CAPWIP) is a non-partisan, non-profit and non-governmental regional organization dedicated to promoting equal participation of women in politics, governance and decision-making.  CAPWIP was established in 1992, twenty years ago, by a group of women from the Asia-Pacific region who have defined their paradigm for change as:

 

Politics that is both TRANSFORMED and TRANSFORMATIONAL.

 

TRANSFORMED because...

 

it uses power to create change, to develop people,

and to build communities;

 

it is non-hierarchical and participatory in its

structures and processes; and

 

it accords priority to the disadvantaged sectors,

such as the poor grassroots women in rural and

urban areas and indigenous women;

 

TRANSFORMATIONAL because...

it is development-oriented, issue-based,

and gender-responsive;

 

it seeks economic, social, and political equity between sexes

and among sectors; and

 

it builds a society that is just and humane and

a way of life that is sustainable.

CAPWIP operates through a network of national affiliates clustered into five sub-regional groupings: Central Asia, East Asia, Pacific, South Asia and Southeast Asia.  These sub-regional coordinating focal points and national affiliates are autonomous organizations actively involved in women’s political empowerment in their respective countries.

CAPWIP supports its network through technical assistance in organizational and program planning, training, research and information sharing, advocacy and networking. CAPWIP receives administrative and program support through voluntary contributions from its board members and grants from bilateral and multilateral aid agencies such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),  Asia-Pacific Gender Equality Network (UNDP-APGEN), Regional Programme on Governance in the Asia-Pacific (UNDP-PARAGON), Southeast Asia Gender Equity Programme of the Canadian International Development Agency (SEAGEP-CIDA), United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

CAPWIP’s programs on training include developing modules and training programs for women’s leadership and responsible citizenship based on the framework of transformative leadership and conducts trainer’s training for women’s political empowerment, transformative leadership and gender-responsive governance. 

CAPWIP  provides trainings to women and men involved in:

Secretariat

Center for Asia Pacific Women in Politics (CAPWIP)

4227-4229 Tomas Claudio Street Baclaran, Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines,

Tel: (632) 8516934; Tele Fax :( 632) 8522112; mobile phone +639178403711

Email: capwip@capwip.org capwipcongress@capwip.org; capwip2013@capwip.org

Web: www.capwip.org; www.onlinewomeninpolitics.org

Link to CAPWIP's 4th Global Congress

Target Participants / Who are invited

Note: The policy of “first come - first served” will be applied in selecting the participants from among the applicants.  Therefore, it is best that registration is made at the earliest possible time.

Congress Cost per participant

These fees are inclusive of:

*Congress  fees

*Transfer in and out of the hotel

*Accommodations at the designated hotels

*All congress  materials

*All meals during the Congress

*Accommodations (excluding meals) for one night before the congress (October 16, 2013)

This fee, which does not include airfare and airport terminal fees, is non-refundable and must be paid in advance as soon as the reservation to the congress is confirmed.  Congress fee payments should be sent/remitted to:

Account Name                  :            Center for Asia-Pacific Women in  Politics or CAPWIP

Account Number            :            710 271000417 4

Account Type                    :            U.S. Dollar Savings Account

Bank's Name                       :            Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company (METROBANK)

Bank's Address                  :            Magallanes Branch, Paseo de Magallanes, Magallanes Village, Makati City, PHILIPPINES

 Swift Code                             :             MBTCPHMMXXXX

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Unfortunately, scholarships are not available from the organizers.  You are encouraged to seek your own funding from various donor/funding agencies or your own institutions.  The organizers will rely solely on the congress fees to fund the congress expenses.

Please email us a copy of the wire transfer/remittance document as soon as funds have been remitted. Also, bring this document to the Congress for verification. Payments upon arrival are NOT allowed.

All participants must confirm their attendance on or before August 1, 2013. If we get fully booked before this date, you will be informed.  This is the reason why you are all encouraged to book as early as possible. All accommodation types are available on a first-come first-served basis. If you are alone and you would like to request for a twin accommodation, we will inform you if we can pair you with another participant, otherwise, you may have to pay for a single room. Please send all registration forms to:

Center for Asia Pacific Women in Politics (CAPWIP)

4227-4229 Tomas Claudio Street Baclaran, Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines,

Tel: (632) 8516934; Telefax :( 632) 8522112; Mobile Phone +639178403711

Email: capwip@capwip.org; capwip2013@capwip.org; capwipcongress@capwip.org

Web: www.capwip.org; www.onlinewomeninpolitics.org

Accommodations beyond the congress period can be arranged. Participants will have to pay for the hotel charges in advance to secure the booking. These will also be remitted to the CAPWIP account.

Congress Schedule

October 17-19, 2013

The Congress is scheduled on October 17-19, 2013. Participants are required to arrive one day before (Oct. 16) the start of the Congress and leave the day after the last Congress day (Oct 20).  This fee only includes the accommodation for the October 16, 2013 all meals for October 16 is for the personal account of the participants.  Depending on your departure schedule, all meals for the October 20, 2013 except for the breakfast will be on the personal account of the participants.  Meals for personal account of the participants will have to be paid in cash every time you incur them at the congress venue.  Charging of personal accounts in restaurant outlets of the hotel will not be allowed.

Medium of Instruction

English is the medium of Instruction.  No translation will be available.

Congress Venue

Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Hotel, Makati City, Philippines

Accommodation

The participants’ accommodation will be booked at the Congress venue (Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Hotel) and other hotels in the same vicinity, all within walking distance from the Congress venue.  For purposes of organization, the assignment of the hotels will be on a “first come first served” basis. The first that will confirm and pay their fees will be given accommodations at the hotel venue

The following meals, LUNCH, SNACK and DINNER, will be served at the Congress venue, the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Hotel. Breakfast will be served at your respective hotels (if you happen to be billeted at a hotel other than the official venue of the congress). We will be serving a variety of international dishes. We will also be serving one “halal” dish and one vegetarian dish with every meal.

Fee

    US$1,750 per person : single room accommodation

    US$1,550 per person : twin sharing accommodation

 

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Please remit to:

Account Name                  :            Center for Asia-Pacific Women in  Politics or CAPWIP

Account Number            :            710 271000417 4

Account Type                    :            U.S. Dollar Savings Account

Bank's Name                       :            Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company (METROBANK)

Bank's Address                  :            Magallanes Branch, Paseo de Magallanes, Magallanes Village, Makati City, PHILIPPINES

 Swift Code                             :             MBTCPHMMXXXX

includes:

*Program fee (handouts, supplies, materials and Secretariat/ organizing expenses.)

*Accomodations for October 16,17,18,19, 2013)

*Three (3) lunches and six (6) snacks

 

does not include:

 

*Travel to and from your countries

*Accommodations before October 16 and after October 19, 2013)

*Meals for October 16 (the day before the congress) and meals for October 20, 2013 (except for breakfast)

*All incidental travel expenses including airline, airport taxes and fess

*Travel insurance

*Visa fees

policy on refunds:

*Fees paid for the training are strictly non-refundable.

*The fees must be paid in advance as soon as the reservation to the training is confirmed.

To ensure that payment made is credited for the enrollment of a participant, the remittance should specify the name of the participant for which the fund is intended. You can request the bank to do this for you. The bank usually asks for additional details and purpose of the remittance.

Thereafter, please send us a scanned copy of the remittance documents immediately so that we can finalize your bookings. Kindly present the original copy of the remittance documents to the Secretariat during the Congress opening. 

All participants must confirm their attendance one month before the Congress schedule. However, all accommodations at the congress venue are available on a first-come first-served basis. The Organizers reserve the right to use other accommodations it has arranged for the other participants who will not be accommodated at the congress. Please send all registration forms to:

The Training Secretariat

T- (632) 851 69 34

F- (632) 852-2112

email- capwip@capwip.org; capwipcongress@capwip.org; capwip2013@capwip.org

Link to CAPWIP's 4th Global Congress

 

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