ABOUT THIS EVENT:
In a talk entitled population matters, we'll look at the various factors to this complex issue. For us perhaps the the role religion plays in the population explosion is particularly worth examining. In order to increase their own contingent, many religious authorities are continuing to dissuade people from responsibility in limiting family size, with obviously far-reaching consequences for us all. We welcome Stephen Bown, from PopulationMatters.org as our speaker this month and you'll find more information below:
From the POPULATION MATTERS website:
Sexual and reproductive health and rights
We're calling for the provision of high-quality, age-appropriate sex and relationships education that encourages respectful and responsible personal relationships and behaviour and is provided by teachers who have relevant training.
We believe there should be universal access to family planning. We're calling for the international community to devote more development funds to family planning and for all governments to have universal access as a near-term goal. A range of contraceptive methods, including more reliable, long-acting reversible contraceptives, should be made available. In some countries, Population Health Environment programmes are appropriate. Conflict situations and poor governance must be addressed to enable effective health programmes to be provided.
We're promoting programmes that encourage smaller families — including social marketing — but do not believe that coercive or punitive measures of any kind are acceptable.
We're calling for an end to child marriage and violence against women and girls, including forced marriage and female genital mutilation. We endorse measures in education and employment leading to equal gender participation in the economic and social spheres.
Any pre-event comments or questions can be added in the comments boxes below, as usual.
£5 non members/ non RSVP'd members
£3 LAAG/CLHG members, £2 NUS (if RSVP'd)
People who are no shows more than twice in a year (from 10/9/13) will not be eligible for discount, so please update RSVP's ;-)
RSVP facility will close automatically, at 17:00 on the day of the event. ★★★ If you have a genuine issue after that time, or are a 'maybe' for some reason etc., just please LET US KNOW in the comment boxes below & that'll be no problem ★★★
This is guide only & we won't be draconican in the case of occasional slip-ups etc so don't worry! , but people just showing up or no shows makes organising difficult (& possibly denies others from attending fully booked events) so we do ask for this small courtesy, please.
19:00- 19:20 Arrival upstairs (please get drinks and order any food DOWNSTAIRS first)
19:30 Discussion /Talk starts PROMPTLY, break and then Q & A usually till 21:30 (but flexible)
Social time at the bar, with some nibbles, till 22:30
Feel free to add your own questions or comments in the comments boxes below (these comments boxes are for pre and post event discussion TO DO WITH THIS PARTICULAR MEETUP - please use the forum to start discussions about anything else)
Though these midweek events are usually structured talks/debates/discussions, they are nevertheless fairly informal; so the bar is usually open upstairs in the break and feel free to order food and have it during the event (here is the menu - food is generally good!).
We start the discussion promptly at 19:30. As a courtesy to others, please try to turn up by 19:20 ... if at all possible :-) If a late arrival can't be helped, it's not a problem, no worries, just come in quietly :-)
The usual end time for discussion is 21:30pm, but this is flexible if people want to continue with the discussion, and usually we have some social time afterwards until 10:30pm (or until the pub closes!)
The meetup fee either goes towards costs of running the group; including materials, equipment, room, prizes, nibbles etc, or towards specific campaigns and causes when we can cover other costs. The latter are specified on the appropriate events page.