New Step Forward In Repealing the Global Gag Rule

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…

The YP Foundation Celebrates its Eighth Birthday

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,…

HIV/AIDS Funding Must Account for Women and Girls

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…

Unanswered Questions from the 2010 International AIDS Conference

Last week, I had the opportunity to be part of the delegation at the International AIDS Conference held in Vienna. Early in the week I got to participate in an intergenerational dialogue, organized by the International Women’s Health Coalition. A couple of important questions were raised by…

Three Reflections from the International AIDS Conference

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…

No Excuses: A Living Experience of the Struggle for Rights

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…

Prevent Child Marriage: Help Give Millions of Girls a Choice and a Chance

As many Akimbo followers know, IWHC has been working in close collaboration with colleagues in Washington to advocate for the passage of the Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act (S.987/H.R. 2103). During a Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission hearing…

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

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…

Female Condoms: No Better Time Than Now

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…

Outspoken Women in Vienna Demand Rights and Inclusion

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…