After Rio+20, Women's Voices Loud and Clear

While governments debated over the green economy and designed a roadmap for the United Nations to deliver on Sustainable Development, women’s and other social justice movements actively voiced their concerns for achieving gender equality, justice and sustainability at last month’s UN Conference on…

The Impact of International Agreements on Young People

This post is based on remarks delivered at an event held by the Youth Health and Rights Coalition in Washington, DC about the importance of international agreements, particularly for advancing the sexual and reproductive health and rights of  young people globally. Often times I am asked why the United Nations matters, or why global policy agreements…

Impact of the 55th Commission on the Status of Women

Every year United Nations country delegations, mission representatives, and representatives from non-governmental organizations come to New York for the two-week long Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meeting at the United Nations. This year’s 55th CSW produced setbacks in already agreed upon language from the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) established in 1995…

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…

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…

Standing Up for Youth Health and Rights at the International AIDS Conference

Sunday’s opening session of the International AIDS Conference was significant not only because it marks the beginning of what we all hope will be a productive week of idea sharing and global strategizing—but because the youngest speaker at the conference, 22 year old Rachel Arinii Judhistari (left),…

2010 International AIDS Conference Preview

From July 18-23, tens of thousands of activists, scientists, academics, researchers, service providers, and government officials will gather in Vienna, Austria for the bi-annual International AIDS Conference. This year’s IAC program focuses on the HIV/AIDS epidemic as it relates to intravenous drug users in the Central/East…

Getting Health Priorities Right: Towards a Sustainable Global AIDS Response

This article was originally posted as part of a series on global AIDS issues to be published by RH Reality Check throughout December. “We cannot simply confront individual preventable illnesses in isolation. The world is interconnected, and that demands an integrated approach.” — President Barack Obama, May…