CALL FOR PAPERS
3rd National Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
Conference Date: 07 April 2021
Abstract Submission Deadline: 21 February 2021
Venue: Nabab Nawab Ali Choudhury Senate Building, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
Organised by: Department of Population Sciences, University of Dhaka, and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
The Department of Population Sciences, University of Dhaka and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation welcome you to attend the ‘3rd National Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)’ scheduled on 07 April 2021, at the University of Dhaka. The First and Second SRHR Conference in 2018 and 2019 attracted a wide diversity of stakeholders from academia and industry. These conferences led to a vigorous exchange of ideas and discussion involving SRHR issues crucial to the Ready-made Garments (RMG) workforce of Bangladesh. The conference will bring together government officials/policymakers, academicians, activists, researchers, garment factories, the private sector, NGOs, and development agencies to discuss problems and solutions impacting the lives, particularly women and their ability to exercise and access SRHR. The conference will give a specific focus on the workplace, including the RMG industries in Bangladesh.
With the funding support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, SNV in Bangladesh is implementing the Working with Women-II project to improve the health and well-being of garment workers in Bangladesh through Inclusive Business practices by supporting the better implementation of workplace policies on SRHR and health and taking initiatives to ensure the right mechanisms.
About the conference
In Bangladesh, the lack of fulfillment, protection, and promotion of healthcare and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) is a significant factor that undermines human development and is particularly evident through health, social, political, and other development indicators. The issue of SRHR at the workplace is too often side-lined from key policy debates, though the quality of access to SRHR has a significant impact on workers' productivity and general health and well-being, especially in the low-income settings and the profit-driven market dynamics.
In these contexts, the booming garment industry in Bangladesh has become a critical location for looking behind the numbers and assess the extent to which the SRHR needs are addressed and recognised. The RMG industry is the mainstay of the Bangladesh economy, accounting for 81% of its total export. Bangladesh is the world’s second-largest garment producer with more than 4,700 factories, employing above 4 million workers, of which 65% are women. Most RMG workers are migrants from rural areas, face multiple barriers to receiving adequate healthcare and services related to SRHR. In recent years, the quickly changing workplace trends have influenced SRHR discourse, access to rights, funding, services, and lived experiences. The ‘3rd National Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR)’ will highlight the different forms of interventions, explore interactions, trace the pathways for change, and look at the short, intermediate, and long-term solutions which address the sexual and reproductive health needs and rights as a whole with a particular emphasis at the workplace.
We also encourage submissions from young researchers involved in the relevant fields.
Submit Abstract via E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mode of Presentation
Abstracts can be presented both as oral and poster. However, the decision regarding the status of the submitted abstract, whether to be presented as oral or poster, will be given by the Scientific Committee based on the quality of the abstract.
Deadline for Submission of Abstract: 21 February 2021
Notification of Abstract Acceptance: 07 March 2021
Deadline for Submission of Final Presentation: 21 March 2021
Department of Population Sciences, University of Dhaka Arts Building (3rd Floor)
Tel (Office): +88-02-9661900/6721, +88-02-9612209
Further information: http://www.dpsdu.edu.bd/index.php/en/
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