Repealing 377: Sodomy Laws in India

Gay pride marches swept through India this Sunday in a burst of colors and joy that celebrated the growing confidence of LGBTQQI communities to assert their claims for equality. Marches in the streets occurred alongside several quieter moves of government officials on a related legal case that has waged in India for the last seven…

Decriminalizing Sex Work in South Africa

The Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT), a sex worker support network based in South Africa, is getting good and active this month as they’re promoting a campaign to decriminalize prostitution in the country. A number of sex workers in Johannesburg have given…

A Conversation About "Abduction" and Forced Marriage in South Africa

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has a story in their June 17 newsletter on ukuthwalwa, or “arranged marriage”, in Lusikisiki, South Africa. The newsletter states: “The custom of ukuthwalwa is being abused in some remote areas of Lusikisiki, including kwa Ncele,…

Think Before You Snip: A Critical Look at HIV & Adult Male Circumcision

I recently read Zimbabwe: Male Circumcision Combats Spread of HIV, which quotes James McGee, the U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe, as saying “Unlike other…

State Department Releases Trafficking in Persons Report

Last week, the U.S. released its 2009 Trafficking in Persons Report, also called the TIP Report. The report, developed by the U.S. Department of State, describes situations involving trafficking for work in agriculture, construction, domestic work, fishing, mining and many other venues. Previous TIP reports conflated trafficking and…

(Video) Michelle Goldberg on the Global Battle Over Reproductive Health

Click to play In her new book The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World, author…

Standing up for Women at the G8 International Parliamentarians’ Conference

Yesterday, I spoke to 56 members of Parliament from 28 countries gathered at the G8 International Parliamentarians’ Conference about the immediate actions governments can take to secure the right to a just and healthy life for every woman and girl. The G8—also known as the Group of Eight—is an economic and political alliance made…

Senate Confirms Dr. Eric Goosby as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

Dr. Eric Goosby Last month we blogged about President Obama’s pick for the new U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, who will be in charge of overseeing the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which was established under President Bush. We also gave a run down of what was…

Camerounian Man Jailed on Charges of Homosexuality (English and French)

Sébastien Mandeng This post is also available in French below. In Cameroun, as in many African countries, the Penal Code states that sexual acts between two people of the same sex is illegal and punishable with six months to five years in prison and a fine of $50 to $500.  In…

One in Nine Campaign Aimed at Improving Rape Survivors' Access to Justice in South Africa

Last week in Johannesburg, South Africa, seven men were convicted of rape. The case in question has risen to…