Repealing 377: Sodomy Laws in India

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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

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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 submissions to the Law Commission drawing on their experiences of the […]

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

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I recently read Zimbabwe: Male Circumcision Combats Spread of HIV, which quotes James McGee, the U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe, as saying “Unlike other prevention methods, male circumcision is a one-time procedure that provides life-long protection. I am sold on this simple life-saving procedure.” Ambassador McGee’s enthusiasm for the snip is shared by plenty of others […]

State Department Releases Trafficking in Persons Report

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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 sex work, luridly emphasizing ‘sex trafficking’ at […]

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

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Click to play In her new book The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World, author Michelle Goldberg exposes the global battle over women’s reproductive rights that pit reformers against an international alliance of fundamentalists, with profound consequences for both individual lives and worldwide development. Last night IWHC hosted an event […]