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

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

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…

A Closer Look at the UN Guidelines for Universal Access for MSM and Transgender People

As we reported in our link round up on May 15, the United Nations has released a new action framework, UNAIDS Action Framework on Universal Access for Men who have Sex with Men and for Transgender People (which you can download as a PDF by clicking on…

(Video) Partner Highlight: Manuela Ramos Teaching Young People to Lead

** Al final de esta pagina puede leerlo en español. At a recent meeting, the XI Latin American and Caribbean Feminist Meeting in Mexico City, IWHC staff caught up with Milagros de Rama from Manuela Ramos. IWHC staff Lucina Di Meco and Marisa Viana-Aitchison taped Milagros talking about her work with young people in…

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

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…

(Video) Speaking Out About The Criminalization of HIV

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…

Film Night in NYC: Intercultural Reproductive Health in Latin America

Today kicks off the 8th annual United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which runs through May 29th. Like most conferences and meetings at the United Nations, participants have to register in advance, so you can’t just wander in and check…

Disco Funerals: A Dangerous Dance

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…

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

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…

Represent Women in Global Health Policy!

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…