Across the Asia Pacific region, as in other parts of the world, patriarchal and fundamentalist religious views routinely limit women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights and often sanction violence against women. Asia has the world’s largest population, and the highest number of unsafe abortions – about 9.2 million each year. Nearly half of the world’s unsafe abortions take place in Asia; almost one-third of abortions are carried out in South Asia alone. Taboos and lack of knowledge about abortion laws – even among service providers – continue to be an issue in Nepal, Pakistan, and India.
Photo credit: Eduardo Oliviera via ARROW.
An innovative leader in the field of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in Asia, The Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) is an invaluable network and resource center that enables women to better define and control their lives.
ARROW’s far-reaching research and advocacy makes a big impact on society, as they've shaped the way governments think about reproductive rights in more than 120 countries. They closely monitor and conduct research on the actions of international bodies, such as the International Conference on Population and Development, and national governments. The evidence they collect is used to hold these powerful players accountable to their sexual and reproductive rights commitments.
ARROW is one of the very few research hubs in Asia Pacific bridging the information divide, bringing research into action, and training local organizations in evidence-based advocacy at the national, regional, and international levels.