When Girls’ Lives Matter: Ending Early and Forced Marriage in Cameroon

Andrea Lynch, a former IWHC staffer, has authored a report published by the Population Council that looks at child marriage and features the work of our partner the Association for the Struggle Against Violence Against Women (ALVF). IWHC was one of the first major partners of ALVF: in…

HIV, Circumcision, and Consent

During the last several years, adult male circumcision has become a highly promoted form of risk reduction when it comes to HIV. Some studies have shown that circumcision may reduce the chances of acquiring HIV by as much as…

American Teens Fight Child Marriage

Global Health News has a new short video about American teenage girls who, after learning about the plight of their counterparts in the global south who experience early and forced marriage, were energized to raise awareness about the issue. Here’s a…

What Was Sexuality Education Like for You? (part 2)

IWHC asked this question to a bunch of sexual and reproductive rights advocates and colleagues. Check out their answers below. In my sex ed class my teacher handed out diagrams outlining the male and female anatomy. The handout on female anatomy was missing what I felt was incredibly important: the clitoris. When I took…

What Was Sexuality Education Like for You?

IWHC asked this question to a bunch of sexual and reproductive rights advocates and colleagues. Check out their answers below and come back tomorrow for the second installation. I was living in Taipei, Taiwan at the time. I was in 7th grade. They separated the boys and girls and taught us about periods which most…

Longing, Belonging, & Identity: Young Gay Men in Bangladesh

  • August 15, 2011

19-year-old Kabir is now counting the days to be rescued from a rehabilitation center in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The person fighting the legal battle is no one from his family, but a lawyer who took up the case seeing the inhumane ‘conversion’ process Kabir has been going through. In fact, it was his family that…

Bringing Youth to the Table: Interview with Evre Kaynak

  • August 12, 2011

Evre Kaynak, from Turkey, holds a B.A. in Economics from Istanbul University, and a double M.A. in Development Economics and Human Rights Law from Marmara University and Bilgi University. Since 2005, she has been the National Program Coordinator at …

Tools for "Real Men": Better Comprehensive Sexuality Education for Men and Boys

While doing our training on gender equity with men and boys, an important piece of  feedback we get at the YP Foundation is that many men and boys are struggling with the expectation and aspiration of being what is called “a real man”, a stereotyped figure that expresses…

Elements of Success in Gender Equality Programs for Men and Boys

The YP Foundation’s youth-run and led projects have worked with 5,000 young people in Delhi over the past 9 years. We’ve noticed a marked change in the changing attitudes of young men who have participated in programs. Many of them have gone from working as volunteers to becoming…

Men Must Experience Gender Equality to Be Able to Live It

‘The YP Foundation’s Know Your Body, Know Your Rights campaign is a youth led and -run peer education, capacity building and advocacy program that works with young people in communities and with policy makers to address gender equality, violence against women, sexual rights and reproductive…