Women Deliver received the devastating news of the loss of Dr. Wasim Zaman, long-standing advocate for girls and women in the Asia-Pacific region and worldwide. Dr. Zaman was an integral part of the original International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994, and worked for the past decades to push for the implementation of commitments made at the meeting.
Dr. Zaman worked extensively with the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) to promote girls’ and women’s access to sexual and reproductive health services. Last month, he traveled to Thailand with AFPPD and UNFPA to meet with Parliamentarians in preparatory workshops for the upcoming Commission on Population and Development (CPD).
“I’ve received the news of Dr. Wasim’s passing with a heavy heart,” said Jill Sheffield, President of Women Deliver. “We remember him for his steadfast advocacy and dedication to improving girls’ and women’s sexual and reproductive health in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, and will work to honor the legacy he has left behind.”