Child Marriage as Gender-Based Violence (Part 1)

This is the first in a three part series about child marriage, based on a speech given by Chelsea Ricker. To learn more about the new International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act (H.R. 2103), introduced in the House on April 27th, click here. Life seems to be stacked against African families and…

Dominican Republic Activists Protest Repro Rights Restrictions

Last week we blogged about the worrisome approval of Article 30 in the Dominican Republic, which seriously restricts reproductive freedoms in the country. Our colleagues at the…

President Obama Selects New U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

Last night, President Barack Obama announced his pick for the new U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.  Dr. Eric Goosby will oversee the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which was established under President Bush. Here is a run down of what’s being said about the nomination:…

Honoring Lynde Francis—Zimbabwean HIV Activist

Lynde Francis did not have time for self-pity. Diagnosed HIV-positive in 1986, she learned to live with HIV, instead of dying of AIDS, and taught other Zimbabweans how to do it, long before antiretrovirals (ARVs), when HIV was a death sentence and AIDS was shrouded in blame, shame, and self-hate. Lynde was a maverick: Zimbabwe’s…

Good News from Senegal Buoys Push for Decriminalization of Homosexuality

On Monday, the Court of Appeals in Dakar, Senegal, took an encouraging but surprising decision to overturn the convictions of “same-sex” conduct for nine men arrested in December 2008 and sentenced to eight years in prison earlier this year. While we celebrate the court’s order to release these men who were wrongly detained, this…

Reproductive Rights in the Dominican Republic Under Siege

Yesterday we blogged about the need for people to voice their opinions and lend support to the reproductive rights movement in the Dominican Republic. Unfortunately, we just got word from our colleagues at Ipas that yesterday the National Assembly voted by a huge majority, 167-32, to…

(Video) Abortion Advocacy, Film, and the Brazilian Supreme Court

Recently Denise Hirao, IWHC’s Program Officer for Latin America, interviewed Debora Diniz, IWHC Board member and Executive Director of the Institute on Human Rights and Bioethics (Anis), about abortion in Brazil. DEBORA DINIZ: In 2004, Anis presented a case to the Brazilian Supreme Court. It was a case on an anencephalic pregnancy, which is…

Take Action Today to Support Dominican Women's Rights

Women in the Dominican Republic face a dire threat of losing their rights to contraception, assisted reproduction services, and safe abortion care. Please take two actions today to support Dominican women as they fight to retain access to the sexual and reproductive health care they need and want: (1)   …

Supportive Advocacy and Solidarity

Every advocate I know, especially those working in sexual health and reproductive rights, does so partly because they (we!) want to make a difference in securing a just and healthy life for all, especially women and young people. The International Women’s Health Coalition works towards this goal in several different ways, including shaping international health policies…

In Support of Ugandan Advocates Against Making HIV Transmission a Crime

Last week, the Uganda Women’s Network published “Criminalising HIV/AIDS: Not a win-win situation,” which speaks out against the criminalization of HIV transmission. They rightly point out that there is no evidence to show that this is an effective HIV prevention strategy, and these laws…