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* The International Reproductive Rights Research Action Group (IRRRAG) met for a week from 25 to 29 March in Kuala Lumpur to discuss and finalise the country reports for the research project, "Investigating the Role of Men in Women's Reproductive and Sexual Health". This action-oriented research project, also known as IRRRAG 2, was chaired by the International Co-ordinating Office (ICO), ARROW. The countries involved are Brazil, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, and the Philippines. Representatives from all the countries, except Nigeria, attended the meeting. The research centred on the need to learn more about women's and men's attitudes and perceptions on male involvement in reproductive/sexual health decision-making. The meeting aimed to: 1) Identify key findings, commonalities and differences across the countries; and their significance for policy and programme design, implementation and evaluation at the national and international levels; 2) Strengthen dissemination and policy/programme advocacy plans for research findings nationally and internationally; and 3) Plot IRRRAG's future direction. Part of the meeting was a panel discussion and sharing of findings with stakeholders in family planning and reproductive health issues who were based in Malaysia but worked nationally and regionally. They included key personnel from the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) ESEAOR Office, the Federation of Family Planning Associations, Malaysia (FFPAM), International Council on the Management of Population Programmes (ICOMP), Malaysian AIDS Council, National Family and Population Board (NFPB) and the Ministry of Health. The panel discussed IRRRAG's research into women's sexual pleasure as a sexual and reproductive right, whether the teams had uncovered direct links between reproductive rights and poverty and how to make women's rights issues less threatening to men.

Source: ARROW. 2002. Report of the IRRRAG meeting on "Investigating the Role of Men in Women's Reproductive & Sexual Health", 25-29 March 2002 at Corus Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. [Unpublished].
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Title Annotation:International Reproductive Rights Research Action Group
Publication:Arrows For Change
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:9MALA
Date:May 1, 2002
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