United States Speaks Out in Support Of Reproductive Health at Major UN Conference

Today at the United Nations, the United States expressed its renewed and deep commitment to the goals and aspirations included in the International Conference on Population Program of Action and Development (ICPD) and the Key Actions of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs):   “Ladies and Gentlemen, our common task this week is vital. Five…

US Leadership on Reproductive Health at the United Nations

After eight years of failed leadership, the US renewed its commitment to reproductive health and the goals and aspirations of the International Conference on Population and Development’s (ICPD) Program of Action. During its statement at the United Nations Commission on Population and Development, the US strongly articulated its…

Internet vs. SMS: Geography, Access, and Strategies for Health Promotion

At Sex::Tech last week, I attended two different panels that included discussions about research and work on SMS (short message service, or text messaging) and sexual health services. Texting isn’t something I know a whole lot about from the programmatic and research standpoint. I’m an avid user of…

After the Gag Rule: A Blogging Salon

This week RH Reality Check and UN Dispatch are co-hosting a blogging salon called After the Gag Rule. Mark Goldberg, of…

Anti-Choice Under All Circumstances

Our Brazilian partners from the organization Grupo Curumim recently rallied around a young girl who became pregnant as the result of rape. Through a combination of Brazilian law and active support from feminist organizers to protect access to abortion, the girl was able to obtain an abortion. Yesterday the…

Is a Nation Peaceful? Look at how it Treats Female Citizens.

The Salt Lake Tribune ran an article yesterday that highlights the findings of “The Heart of the Matter: The Security of Women and the Security of States,” a study…

Media Watch: Mainstream Coverage of Rihanna and Chris

When news broke that 19-year-old R&B artist Chris Brown had been arrested by Los Angeles police Feb. 8 for allegedly attacking a woman in his car, the saga that unfolded was as predictable as a track on Billboard’s Top 10. As speculated, the woman was revealed to be his pop-star girlfriend, Rihanna. On Feb.

Rejoining the Global Community in Funding UNFPA

The Department of State announced that it will contribute $50 million to UNFPA, the amount appropriated by Congress for FY2009. This decision is one indication of the Obama Administration’s strong commitment to international family planning, women’s health, and global development. With its renewed funding for UNFPA, the US has joined the international community…

A woman in tech I admire: Deb Levine

Today, more than 1000 bloggers are participating in Ada Lovelace Day by blogging about a woman in technology who they admire. Ada Lovelace was one of the world’s first computer programmers. Over the last two days I’ve been in San Francisco at the…

Mobile HIV Prevention: National and International Data from the Field

This is a liveblog of a session from the Sex::Tech – Focus on Youth conference, held in San Francisco on March 22 & 23, 2009. Mobile HIV Prevention: National and International Data from the Field…