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Summary report of The Right(s) Evidence | Sex Work, Violence and HIV in Asia: A Multi-Country Qualitative Study

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This Policy Brief is a concise brief of evidence for action drawn from: The Right(s) Evidence: Sex Work, Violence and HIV in Asia - A Multi-Country Study and key studies and guidance including The Lancet Special Series on Sex work and HIV and the WHO Consolidated Guidance for Key Populations.   

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This study provides a deep understanding of female, male and transgender sex workers’ experiences of violence, the contexts in which violence occurs, the factors that increase or decrease their vulnerability to violence, insights that are essential to prevent and respond to violence against sex workers in countries throughout the region.

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The Guideline provides critical information on the required core competencies of skilled birth attendants (SBAs) in the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). This includes the standards for their training programmes, as well as the relevant requirements for training institutions and for the assessment and accreditation of SBAs.

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The review analyses 19 National AIDS Strategic Plans (NSPs) in the Asia-Pacific region to determine the amount of attention paid to key populations, particularly young key populations (YKP). More than 40 sub-categories were used for the analysis covering NSP development and review; content and operationalization of the plan; and by key population/young key population. The study drew on existing reviews of NSPs; guidance documents on comprehensive packages for key populations; and the UNAIDS HIV and AIDS Investment Framework.

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To promote this goal, the Asia-Pacific UNiTE Campaign Secretariat, together with a group of Asia-Pacific regional members of the UNiTE Youth Network, have developed this regionally-focused, youth-friendly toolkit for peer educators to facilitate discussions on gender equality, violence against women, healthy relationships and positive activism.

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The study maps existing evidence on gender biased sex selection in the Indian context, weaving in significant social debates and policy developments, and the way forward on action. It offers practical suggestions to advance research and understanding on the subject by focusing on different areas such as family and household, education, labour and employment, and on institutions that directly or indirectly aid or fight the practice of sex selection.

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Whereas the topic of Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB) has received a lot of attention over the past decade, and a variety of documents and research papers have been written about it, an overview of these writings has not been gathered before into one document.

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This annual report summarizes the 2013 programmes, objectives and initiatives achieved, both globally and regionally, in 2013. UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, worked with 159 countries, territories and other areas in 2013 to help deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

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Young people matter. They matter because an unprecedented 1.8 billion youth are alive today, and because they are the shapers and leaders of our global future. They matter because they have inherent human rights that must be fulfilled. Yet, in a world of adult concerns, young people are often overlooked. This tendency cries out for urgent correction, because it imperils youth as well as economies and societies at large. The largest global youth population in human history will have a profound effect on every aspect of our common future.

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