Obama Calls Uganda Anti-Gay Bill “Odious”

At last week’s National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama took the opportunity to finally say something about the Uganda bill we’ve talked about on Akimbo before.  While it’s not the strong condemnation we would like, it is a step beyond the previous White House statement, which registered opposition without much context.  President Obama said the following…

An Update on Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill

In November, we encouraged you to join us in protesting a proposed anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda that threatened to punish gays with the death penalty. Here, we offer an update on the status of that bill from our Africa Program and partners, with more information at the end of the post about what you…

Report Back: Rally Against Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

A small but dedicated crowd of activists, journalists, and clergy from New York and the surrounding area showed up at the Uganda House at 12:30 yesterday afternoon to protest the…

Take a Stand: Rally Against Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill Thursday

We’ve gotten wind of some important happenings this Thursday: rallies at the Ugandan Consulate in New York and the Ugandan Embassy in DC to protest the anti-homosexuality law currently under consideration in the Ugandan parliament. LGBQ rights in Uganda face enough threats as it is.“Carnal knowledge against the order of nature” is already criminalized in…

Call Your Senator Today and Support Comprehensive Sexuality Education

We here at IWHC are big fans of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE), so we’re all poised with our dialing fingers at the ready for National Comprehensive Sexuality Education Call-in Day, which is today, Wednesday, October 28th. Call or email your Senators to tell them not to reinstate abstinence-only funding. There has been a…

New Guidelines on Comprehensive Sexuality Education Promote Health, Draw Controversy

This summer, a draft of International Guidelines on Sexuality Education by the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) became available online. Since then, the guidelines have generated controversy from conservatives who claim they’re too…

Today: Tell Your Senator that We've Waited Long Enough for CEDAW

In the beginning of March, I noted that the US is the only democracy in the world that hasn’t ratified the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). At the time, I pointed…

Ratification of Important Women’s Rights Document Sparks Controversy in Cameroun

Let’s start off with some good news- Cameroun joined 27 other African countries in promoting the health and rights of women when it ratified the Maputo Protocol on May 28th, 2009.  The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, better…

Lithuanian Parliament Adopts Discriminatory Censorship Law

Yesterday, the Lithuanian Parliament adopted a discriminatory law designed to ban information about sexuality in schools, the media, or any public places where it “could be seen by minors.” The Parliament overturned a previous presidential veto of the law with a vote of 87-6. This broad-ranging law has major implications on the rights of LGBTQQI youth in Lithuania,…

One in Nine Campaign Aimed at Improving Rape Survivors' Access to Justice in South Africa

Last week in Johannesburg, South Africa, seven men were convicted of rape. The case in question has risen to…