Turkish Women Take to the Streets to Protest Proposed Abortion Ban

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced plans to proceed toward a ban of abortion services in the country. In response, Turkish feminists are rallying to support pro-choice policy.  They have launched a website, Say No Abortion Ban, that is gathering electronic signatures to…

Brazil: Supreme Court Makes Abortion Legal in Cases of Anencephaly

On April 11th, our colleagues in Brazil celebrated an important victory in the long battle toward safe legal abortion in the country. The Brazilian Supreme Court passed a vote eight to two in favor of making abortion legal in cases of anencephaly, a condition in which the fetus is developing without a brain and is…

Founder of Our Partner CFEMEA Named Fellow of WomenChangeMakers

Centro Feminista de Estudos e Asssessoria (CFEMEA), or the Feminist Center for Studies and Advisory Services is a nongovernmental, non-profit organization in Brazil that works for the citizenship of women and gender equality. It fights for a just, democratic society and state in an autonomous and non-partisan way.Founded on feminist thought, CFEMEA actively participates…

Unleashing the Power of Women in a World of 7 Billion

Yesterday in Washington, DC we co-sponsored an event with UNFPA, National Geographic, government agencies and non-governmental organizations  focusing on women and girls as critical engines of change in the new reality of 7 billion people. In late October 2011, world population will reach 7 billion people. It is critical that we unleash the power…

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…

Empowering Youth to Make a Difference in International Policy: Interview with Alex Garita

Prior to joining IWHC as Program Officer of International Policy in November 2009, Alex Garita led the international advocacy program at IPPF/Western Hemisphere Region. During her time with IPPF/WHR, Alex also helped to build the capacity of partners in Latin America and the Caribbean to advocate for their sexual and reproductive rights in international decision-making…