Peruvian Congress Signs Onto LUNDU's Campaign Against Racism

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This summer, we blogged about our Peruvian partner LUNDÚ, who have been working on a campaign to protest racist portrayals on a Peruvian television network. Their activism has included a public demonstration and a petition with over 5000 signatures, demanding that the characters “Negro Mama” and “Paisana Jacinta” be removed and the network publicly apologize […]

Sixteen Days of Action Against Violence Against Women

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Each year, from November 25 through December 10, our colleagues unite in calling for an end against violence against women.     It is unbelievable that in 2010, women across all classes and cultures continue to experience sexual, physical, and emotional violence. Globally, at least one in three women will experience violence in her lifetime.  While we hear a […]

November 25 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

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Today, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign during which women’s organizations around the world will create media campaigns, protests, events, and statements that underscore the vital importance of the struggle to end violence and injustice that women face around […]

Battling the FDA to Gain Access to Emergency Contraception for Women of All Ages

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Nine years, 10 months and 28 days.  That’s how long over 70 organizations have been waiting for the Food and Drug Administration to make a straightforward, science-based ruling on a Citizen Petition requesting that emergency contraception (EC) be made available in the United States without a prescription for women at every age.  The science has […]

Condoms and HIV Prevention

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This week, comments by Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican have captured the world’s attention and brought a much-needed spotlight to condom use and HIV prevention. In comments released Saturday, Pope Benedict seemed to indicate that the use of condoms may be morally acceptable in some cases to prevent the spread of AIDS. “There could […]

Make Women’s Health the Centerpiece in HIV Prevention

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Preventing mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV is possible – or at least, it is possible when the resources are available. According to the World Health Organization, “an estimated 430,000 children were newly infected with HIV in 2008, the vast majority of them through MTCT.” When the proper medication and care is available, MTCT in utero or […]

The International Women's Health Coalition Lauds The Appointment of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin as Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 19, 2010 CONTACT: Kelly Castagnaro, 212.801.1266/646.707.1004 (cell), kcastagnaro@iwhc.org Lori Adelman, 212.979.8500, ladelman@iwhc.org The International Women’s Health Coalition Lauds The Appointment Of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin As Executive Director Of The United Nations Population Fund A respected member of the medical profession, Dr. Osotimehin is expected to provide exceptional leadership in upholding human […]

New Sexual Health Study Focuses on Young Europeans

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There are many definitions of sex and relationships education (SRE) and many purposes attributed to any SRE program. However it seems clear that any effective SRE course should inform about the mechanics of sex; how to control your own destiny by preventing unplanned pregnancy and reduce the risk of transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) […]

U.S. Senate Holds Hearing to Consider CEDAW Ratification

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The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), often described as an international bill of rights for women, is a United Nations treaty that was adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly. Although President Carter signed the treaty on behalf of the United States in 1980, the Senate has never voted […]

Talking (Not Yelling) About Abortion

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A few months ago, a colleague told me a story about a man she met in Nigeria who said he was against abortion under any circumstances.  Instead of writing him off as “the opposition” to her pro-choice efforts or labeling him as “unreasonable,” she sat with him and asked why he felt the way he did. […]