South East Asia and the Pacific Region
Kabir Singh and Alexandra Johns of the Asia Pacific Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (APA) will lead the South East Asia and the Pacific Regional Caucus. Learn more about them, their passion for advocacy, and what you can expect at the caucus.
Kabir Singh is the Executive Director of APA. A public health professional with a range of experience managing sexual and reproductive health and rights programs in South and South East Asia, Kabir now manages operations for the regional network of civil society organizations advocating for sexual and reproductive health and rights in the Asia Pacific. The organization develops and coordinates regional and global advocacy initiatives to strengthen accountability for sexual and reproductive health and rights in the region, including through Unzip the Lips, a movement that aims to deliver policy change for women and girls who exist at the margins of society.
“I am proud to be a part of a unique regional community-led advocacy platform that invests in women’s leadership and provides a safe and inclusive space for women and girls who are affected by HIV, especially those on the margins of society.”
Alexandra Johns is an Advocacy and Communications Officer for APA, with seven years of experience in communications, coordination, and advocacy on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), gender equality, and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific. She attended the Universiteit van Amsterdam where she earned a master’s degree in international relations. She advocated strongly for sexual and reproductive health rights for girls and women to be recognized as part of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development Goals.
“Women and girls are half of the world’s population and half its human capital, but they continue to face stigma, discrimination, and high levels of sexual and gender-based violence—these barriers prevent them from accessing many types of opportunities. Harnessing the power of women and girls can change the world, and is the linchpin to ensuring that no one is left behind.”
What to expect at the caucus:
Caucus participants will work to identify approaches to hold leaders accountable for meeting the Agenda 2030 commitments related to the sexual rights of women and young people. The goal of the forum will be to encourage collaboration between regional stakeholders, develop recommendations for moving key policy processes forward, and increasing the capacity of civil society groups to engage with governments and other key stakeholders.