New Step Forward In Repealing the Global Gag Rule

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Today, a Senate committee took a first and important step to permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule during markup of the fiscal year 2011 State Foreign Operations appropriations bill. With bipartisan support (not easy to get these days), the first step in the legislative process to end the long-time political back and forth of this […]

The YP Foundation Celebrates its Eighth Birthday

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Our partner the YP Foundation (TYPF) in New Delhi is a youth led non-profit organization working to build the movement for social change in India. Founded in 2002, TYPF helps build the leadership skills of young people by providing mentorship, financial and infrastructural support. We were first introduced to TYPF through Ishita Chaudhry, who founded […]

HIV/AIDS Funding Must Account for Women and Girls

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We’re pleased to announce some exciting news regarding our HIV/AIDS work. As you may know, with the economic crisis and ongoing uncertainties about government spending, many HIV/AIDS advocates have become increasingly concerned that resources are not sufficient to continue progress toward universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support.  There is also growing momentum for […]

Three Reflections from the International AIDS Conference

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Today marks the final day of the 2010 International AIDS Conference in Vienna. Throughout the week, I attended several sessions and workshops and met with both old and new partners, but three particular sessions made me think a lot. Serodiscordant, Zero Difference On Wednesday, July 21 at the IAC, I attended a session led by […]

No Excuses: A Living Experience of the Struggle for Rights

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Watch Meena Seshu, co-founder of our Indian partner SANGRAM, deliver the Jonathan Mann Memorial Lecture at the International AIDS Conference (IAC) plenary yesterday in Vienna (her speech starts around the one hour mark in the taped webcast embedded above). In her speech, Meena details SANGRAM’s path to success in working collaboratively with sex workers to […]

Abortion Access in U.S. Doctor's Offices, Women Share Their Experiences

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Last weekend, reading the New York Times magazine, I was heartened to read The New Abortion Providers about efforts in the United States—mainly led by medical professionals—to make abortion services more available in mainstream medical settings like hospitals and doctor’s offices. Moving abortion from isolated clinics into multi-use settings not only makes it more difficult […]

Female Condoms: No Better Time Than Now

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We are collaborating with RH Reality Check to publish a series of articles from the International AIDS Conference, taking place in Vienna, Austria, this week. This piece originally appeared here. With yesterday’s announcement of a vaginal gel that can protect women from HIV transmission with a 39 percent success rate, women have a reason to […]

Outspoken Women in Vienna Demand Rights and Inclusion

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On Sunday, July 18th, the International AIDS Conference kicked off with a four hour opening plenary session wherein over 150 women of diverse nationalities, ages, serostatuses, and sexual identities, lifted up our banners and declared, “Walk the walk – women’s rights, right here, right now!” We shouted our mantra, sat as a unified group in […]