Forced Sterilization of HIV Positive Women Continues in Southern Africa

Forced sterilization of women whom governments or individual doctors deem to be unsuitable for procreation isn’t anything new.  Certain factions within the population control movements have over the years enforced a range of reproductive health policies that restrict women’s control over their bodies and their reproductive lives. In the last century these restrictions have included…

Young Visionaries Project: Street Theater Raises Awareness of Inequity and Violence in Rural Nepal

In my previous blog post, I wrote about the one day free health clinic I organized in Mrigauliya in rural Nepal. Today I am going to share my experience of the other half of my Young Visionaries project: directing and producing the drama “Silent Scream.” The play is about early and forced…

What Does Feminism Mean to You? Three African Youth Activists Speak Out

The Fourth Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights took place in February of 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopa, and was attended by more than 300 advocates, funders and policymakers working on sexuality and reproductive health and rights in Africa and throughout…

In the War Against Women, Another Attack on Afghani Schoolgirls

We recently posted about the compelling and disturbing image featured in Time magazine of a young Afghan woman whose in-laws sliced her nose and ears off as punishment for “disobedience”. Today, we’re saddened to learn of another incident of brutal violence perpetuated against Afghan girls and women. As CNN…

Doctor Attitudes and the Effect on Access To Safe Abortion in Zambia

  • August 23, 2010

This piece originally appeared on the Ipas website. Dr. Mutinta Muyuni, a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist in Lusaka, Zambia, provides comprehensive women’s health care, including safe abortion to the full extent of the law. As an ally who advocates publicly for women’s right to safe abortion care, she says she…

Update: IWHC partners in Pakistan and relief efforts for women and girls

The devastation due to epic flooding and continued rain in Pakistan has already affected over 15.4 million people. IWHC stands with them in solidarity and hopes that adequate aid is getting to those who need it most. We have, of course, been in touch with our Pakistani partners at Aahung, and wanted to let…

Off the rails: Why a ladies-only train isn't enough to stop sexual harassment in Indonesia

Having your heart in the right place when it comes to protecting and promoting women’s health and safety is important—but without your head in the right place, your actions won’t lead to much progress. I fear it’s this kind of disconnect between heart and head that’s behind today’s launch of women-only…

Young Visionaries Project: Women's Health Clinic in Rural Nepal

Back in April, I won the International Women’s Health Coalition Young Visionaries 2010 contest and was awarded a grant to increase awareness of sexual and reproductive rights and health in rural Nepal. You can read my winning entry here. With the $1000 award, I organized a drama and conducted a one day free…

Promoting and Protecting the Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health of Transgender People: What We Can Do

Two weeks ago, we took a look at a new study -authored by an IWHC Advocacy in Practice alumna,  Neha Sood- on the health hurdles transgender women and men, and gender non-conforming people, face in Asia. Given the information presented in that report, it seems pertinent to ask ourselves, as trans and cis gendered…

Planning Effective Women- and Girl-Centered HIV/AIDS Programming

Since 2002, women have represented more than half of all people living with HIV worldwide. Women in the developing world often face both gender inequality and severe poverty—two factors that when paired can create a number of risk factors for HIV (read more in our overview, Women’s Vulnerability to HIV/AIDS). As a result, many HIV/AIDS testing, prevention,…