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Repoliticizing sexual and reproductive health and rights: the Langkawi report

In August 2010 a group of leading activists in the field of sexual and reproductive health met in Langkawi, Malaysia. Responding to what they identified as fragmentation of work in the field, they debated the core issues and discussed a transformative agenda for moving beyond the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the health MDGs to re-assert a comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights agenda.

The Langkawi Report is part of that meeting's output. It includes the group's Statement of Purpose and the key messages from the conference, the first being that "the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have inadvertently and unintentionally contributed to a narrowing of the sexual and reproductive health and rights agenda."

Most important, however, are the detailed discussions and responses from highly experienced authors, activists and thinkers. The report is organised around six themes: macroeconomic influences on health; public health education; essential medicines for sexual and reproductive health; human rights; funding policies; and the power to make change happen.

Langkawi was convened by Asian Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) and Reproductive Health Matters. It was the culmination of three years of planning and meetings in London (2008) and Hanoi (2009).