Asia-Pacific Population Journal

For over two decades, the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ) has been taking the pulse of population and social issues unfolding in the region. Published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), APPJ brings out high quality, evidence-based and forward-looking articles relevant for population policies and programmes in Asia and the Pacific. Prominent population experts, award-winning demographers, as well as lesser known researchers have been contributing articles, documenting over the years the evolution of thinking in this important sphere.


Barriers to male participation in family planning in West Timor

The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held at Cairo in 1994 emphasized women’s role in the development process and urged governments to intensify their efforts in order to advance gender equality, equity and empowerment of women (United Nations, 1995). One of the important issues raised during ICPD was broadening the scope of family planning to address a wider range of reproductive goals. The involvement of males was one of the recommendations of the ICPD Programme of Action. Promoting women’s rights and men’s participation in reproductive matters were seen as key elements to improve reproductive health. In particular, it was argued that further progress in family planning would depend on men changing their attitude and behaviour regarding their responsibility towards reproductive health and gender issues.


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