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Support Activists in Honduras: Thank President Zelaya for Keeping EC Legal in Honduras

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This week women’s health and rights activists are celebrating President Manual Zelaya Rosales’ decision to veto a bill that would have outlawed emergency contraception in Honduras. The bill, which the national Congress of Honduras passed last month, would have made it illegal to sell, purchase, distribute, or use emergency contraception.  As soon as Congress passed […]

How the Global HIV Response Fails Women and Children

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Earlier this week the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition released, “Failing Women, Failing Children: HIV, Vertical Transmission, and Women’s Health,” a scathing report that criticizes the global AIDS response for failing to meet women’s sexual and reproductive health needs, in particular their need to protect themselves and their children from HIV infections. In a welcome departure […]

A Matter of Attitude and Articulation: Panelists at the UN Highlight Common Ground in Ongoing Fight for Women’s Domestic and Global Health

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Yesterday, I attended Healthy Women: Gateway to a Healthy World , a panel discussion on global health care and health policy for women and girls sponsored by the NGO Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The panel featured two interesting speakers: former U.S. Surgeon General […]

(Video) Speaking Out About The Criminalization of HIV

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The criminalization of HIV transmission is only one of many misguided attempts to limit the spread of HIV, but it’s a pretty scary one. Because HIV/AIDS is deadly, some governments have begun to prosecute HIV positive people who transmit the virus to others, knowingly or unknowingly. As you might imagine, there are a lot of […]

Disco Funerals: A Dangerous Dance

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Some readers might remember the 2007 male circumcision trials that took place in Kisumu, Kenya.  The hype surrounding the study led to broad endorsement of and funding for adult male circumcision programs long before research was done on the preventative effects that male circumcision has, or doesn’t have, for women. Once again, Kisumu is the site […]

Nigerian Human Rights Activists Organize the First Annual International Day Against Homophobia

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Previously, we blogged about the discrimination and persecution faced by the LGBTQQI* community in Nigeria. First, there was Nigeria’s Same Gender Marriage bill, proposing the criminalization of marriage between consenting adults of the same sex. And then  Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs declared that, as far as he’s concerned, the lack of organizing among LGBTQQI groups […]

Represent Women in Global Health Policy!

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On Thursday, May 14 at 1 p.m. ET, the Kaiser Family Foundation is holding a live, interactive webcast examining the global health funding within the President’s recently released Fiscal Year 2010 budget proposal. The webcast is a good way to generate discussion about global health priorities and funding. There is just one problem- although the […]