Building Support for Comprehensive Sexuality Education

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The Repealing Ineffective and Incomplete Abstinence-Only Program Funding Act, introduced yesterday by stalwarts Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-D) and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), would shift the funds that go to states for abstinence-only programs to the new  Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) program, which provides support for comprehensive sexuality education.  Over the past 15 years, states have […]

"Prostitutes of God:" Film Mocks, Belittles Sex Workers

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This piece was originally posted on RH Reality Check, and features the work of our partner SANGRAM and their project VAMP. Last week, four episodes of a film entitled Prostitutes of Godwere posted on VBS.TV, which is owned by Vice Magazine. Prostitutes of God producer Sarah Harris, spent time with members of Veshya Anyay Mukti Parishad (meaning ‘Prostitutes’ […]

Has gender become just another word for girls?

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Cross-posted from UNICEF’s Back on Track Ask the Gender Expert blog. Reviewing CAP (Consolidated Appeals Process) Education Cluster Response Plans and associated projects recently, it struck me that despite my constant mantra to education practitioners that ‘gender’ is not just another word for girls, it may have come to be erroneously understood as such. Let […]

Women First: The Global Health Initiative’s Women- and Girl-Centered Approach

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This is post part of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network blog series taking place over the next week. President Obama’s Global Health Initiative is promising for many reasons—the most revolutionary of them being that this Initiative is, by definition, a women- and girl-centered package of services delivered through strong health systems that are accessible to all. The International Women’s […]

Existing and Emerging Contraceptive Technologies Can Improve Women's Health

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Over the weekend, in an op-ed column entitled “Birth Control Over Baldness”, award-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof described a “high-tech revolution” in family planning “that will affect more people in a more intimate way than almost any other technological stride”. He argued for more funding towards contraception (“if only family planning were treated […]

MDG Film Fest: Global Partnership – Babel

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Millennium Development Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development MDG 8 has at its core a spirit of global unity and shared responsibility to ensure a high quality of life for each of the world’s citizens. It aims to increase aid to developing countries while easing their debt burdens, improving health care systems, and […]

MDG Film Fest: Combat HIV/AIDS – Yesterday

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Millennium Development Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Other Diseases Millennium Development Goal 6 has two objectives: achieve universal access to HIV/AIDS treatment by 2010 for those who need it, and halt the spread of HIV by 2015. Globally, about 3% of people between the ages of 15 and 49 are living with HIV/AIDS. However, […]

Speak Out Against Endemic Violence Against Women Throughout Africa

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The below statement is a collaborative initiative in which our South African partner Sonke Gender Justice Network is taking part. Press Statement Issued by Members of the UN Secretary General’s Network of Men Leaders, the MenEngage Alliance and the Athena Network. September 13th, 2010 Last year the African Union declared this decade, 2010-2020 as the […]

MDG Film Fest: Maternal Health – 4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days

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Millennium Development Goal 5: Improve Maternal Health Of the eight Millennium Development Goals, many experts agree that progress on MDG5—reducing maternal mortality by 75 percent—is perhaps the most dismal.  While UN agencies last week announced a 34% decline in deaths during pregnancy and childbirth, more than 350,000 women still die senselessly due to preventable causes […]