29 January 2014 -- Imrana Jalal, Senior Social Development Specialist (Gender), participated in a gender, food security and reproductive health panel at the 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health Rights in Manila, Philippines.
The Conference was sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) together with other international development agencies and organizations.
The session was sponsored by the Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW). It highlighted that sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) do not exist in isolation, and that SRHR for all would not be possible if people are deprived of basic human rights, such as the right to food and nutrition. At the same time, the right to food and nutrition is intrinsically linked to the recognition and attainment of women’s and girl’s self-determination and autonomy.
The session discussed the linkages between gender, food security, and SRHR. Marilen J. Danguilan chaired the session, and speakers included Imrana Jalal, Narimah and TK Sundari Ravindran. Jalal spoke specifically on the issue of improving gender quality to enable improved food security, pointing out that an overall human rights based approach was critical to advance gender equality and food security in the post-2015 agenda.