Speaking Up and Acting Out: Advocates Come to NY for Major UN Meeting

My grandmother didn’t know she had rights. My mother thought she could only be a wife and mother. My older sister doesn’t know about her body. This stops with me and my generation. These are the words of Clara Nkwemi, who addressed policymakers and donors at a reception during the Fourth Africa Conference on…

Fourth Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights Commences with Call to Action for Greater Investment in Health Services

The Fourth Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights commenced yesterday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopa in a plenary session featuring HE Girma Woldegiorgis, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The issues of reproductive health and sexual rights “are very close…

A Day of Action: Activists "Wake-Up" the World on Sexuality and Human Rights

Earlier this month, we wrote about “One Day, One Struggle,” in which hundreds of activists joined forces to take a stand for sexual and reproductive rights in Muslim societies.  Our colleagues in Turkey, Women for Women’s Human Rights- New Ways sent us highlights from the public demonstrations held by over 20 organizations in…

If Not Now, When? Advocates Call for Justice in Death of Grace Ushang

Earlier this month, our colleagues in Nigeria sent me a letter sent to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women.   The letter was sent on behalf of the Gender Rights Initiative (a partnership comprised of our partners at GPI, AHIP, INCRESE and the Community Life Project) in observation of “the impunity with which…

“One Day, One Struggle” to Promote Human Rights across Muslim Societies

Advocates in eleven countries gather for milestone in history of sexual and reproductive rights movement On November 9, 2009, a diverse group of nongovernmental organizations will stage bold actions in 11 countries to promote human rights. As part of the historic international campaign “One Day One Struggle”, organized by the…

A Hero of HIV Speaks Out: "AIDS is Not in a Recession"

(The Mail & Guardian videos aren’t embeddable – so click on the pic above to watch the video on their site) Recently, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria convened a meeting at…

"No Rage, Just Presence": Tools, Tactics, and Traffic on Day One in India

Audacia Ray,  Online Communications and Campaigns Program Officer at IWHC, is traveling in India for two weeks with Asia Program Officer Khushbu Srivastava.  During the trip, Audacia and Khushbu will visit our partners in the region, document their work, and provide training and technical assistance, among other things. Here we bring you the first of…

A Hint of What's to Come from India

Audacia Ray, Online Communications and Campaigns Program Officer at IWHC, is traveling in India for two weeks with Asia Program Officer Khushbu Srivastava.  During the trip, Audacia and Khushbu will visit our partners in the region, document their work, and provide training and technical assistance, among other things. You’ll be hearing from Audacia about her travels,…

United States UN Ambassador Susan Rice: "The U.S. is back."

In a powerful speech at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs yesterday, Ambassador Susan Rice emphasized the U.S. Administration’s renewed commitment to engaging at the UN and working with–rather than against- governments  to ensure human security and achieve progress on major global challenges.   “Through word and deed,” said Ambassador Rice  “the United…