Plenary Session: Sub theme 1: Overcoming social , cultural and religious barriers in sexual and reproductive health
In the session, there are four presentations. The first speaker is Angela Kelly - Hanku, PhD Senior Principal Research fellow Unit Head, Sexual and reproductive Health Unit, Section Head, Social & Behavioral Research , Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research, UNSW Sydney
Her presentation was based on her experience with the topic of " It's against our culture: Addressing cultural barriers , including religious and social factors, to improving sexual and reproductive health in Papua New Guinea”.
She concluded her presentation with encouraging to move forward by supporting the culture of change and take the necessary steps to leave no one behind.
The second speaker is Le Minh Giang, MD, Hanoi Medical University with the topic: Sexual and reproductive health in Vietnam: achievements, challenges and emerging solutions.He presented the statistics reflecting the Vietnam's sexual and reproductive health : Achievements , Challenges and emerging solutions. He focused on the three main barriers; 1. Diversity 2. Stigma 3. Health System.
The third speaker :Dede Oetomo, PhD Founder and Trustee of GAYa NUSANTARA Foundation spoke for the theme "To have a place at the table: Strategies for Achieving Sexual and Reproductive Health and Well-being for SOGIESC-Diverse People in Asia and Pacific".
He shared his experience in his country Indonesia about the SOGIESC-Diverse People and as well as other countries like Thailand and the difference between 80s 90s and Nowadays . He also addressed the issues of the transgender people and the society's norms, violence and stigma.
The last but not least was Michael Lim Tan, DVM, PhD Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Diliman. His topics was Translating The Clitoral Complex: A case Study on the Imperatives for Academic Institutions in the Defense of Sexual and Reproductive Health.
His presentation starts with clitoris in every language and the anatomy of clitoral complex , the purpose of the clitoris. He also addressed misconceptions of the society with humor. He also made it clear that youth especially young girls shouldn't feel abnormal about their private parts by saying " What you have is not a problem, the society makes it problem! "
The session was chair by Assoc. Prof.Dr. Dang Nguyen Anh
Vietnam Academy of Social Science
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