Family planning is widely practised in Asia, but it remains controversial in the Philippines. The Congress there is debating a bill that would make contraceptives available to people who can't afford them. The Catholic Church opposes the measure. Supporters however say it would save lives and give poor women more options, like the chance to go to school instead of having more babies.


UNFPA commemorated World AIDS Day in Vavuniya district and engaged the youth to take the lead in raising awareness about HIV/AIDS. Photo: Revati Chawla. Video: Thusandra Vijaynathan


Ifugao women traditionally have given birth at home, where labour complications can be fatal. But childbirth is becoming safer with the establishment of community birthing centres run by skilled midwives.


Sunila Abeysekara, an award-winning human rights campaigner, talks about the impact of conflicts on women and girls at the regional launch of the State of World Population 2010 report in Bangkok.


About 500,000 women affected by the floods in Pakistan are pregnant and require medical help.


Women suffered severely during Nepal's civil war and an uncertain peace has not ended their insecurity. A UN call for women's protection during war and their full involvement in peace-building remains largely unrealized.


Reduction of maternal mortality is one of the eight Millennium Development Goals, but progress has been too slow in the Asia-Pacific region, which accounts for 44 percent of global maternal deaths.


Brokers find Vietnamese wives for South Korean men.


How can poor communities adapt to climate change? A fishing town in the Philippines shows how mobilizing women can help reverse man-made environmental disasters.


Filipino lawmakers debate a reproductive health bill that would require the government to distribute modern contraceptives. More than half of the 3.4 million pregnancies happening in the Philippines each year are unintended.