Photoblog: A Look at Abortion Access & Clinics in India

In India abortion is legally available during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy in a variety of cases: when there is risk to the mother’s life, physical or mental health; rape or fetal abnormality; as well as social or economic reasons. India has had legal abortion for about the same length of time the United…

Pakistani Activists Collaborate with Religious Leaders to Promote Comprehensive Sexuality Education

The International Women’s Health Coalition partner Aahung, a brilliant Karachi-based organization, has been promoting comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) in Pakistan since 1994. In August of this year, a national backlash broke out against CSE in Pakistan after a conservative religious newspaper, the Daily Ummat,…

Gaining Better Access to Abortion in Indonesia

At the same time that the United States is embroiled in a political battle about whether abortion would be covered by health insurance under the Stupak Amendment, a little-known victory on abortion rights has been under-way in Indonesia that has the potential to change the lives of millions…

From the DRC to India, Holding Governments Accountable for Ensuring Safe Childbirth

In perhaps one of the best publicized cases of femicide in our recent history, rape in DRC is endemic. In a nine month period between January and September 2008, more than 18,000 cases of rape have been reported. If over 2,000 women and girls report being raped per month, how many more never…

We Commit. We Recommend. We Deserve: Youth victorious at APCRSHR

Jayne Chu, my dear colleague, was in Beijing last week to support the work of youth activists and was sending us beautiful daily emails, which I used to write this post. In our first post about the 5th Asia Pacific…

Decriminalizing Homosexual Sex in India: An Inspiring Movement

On October 22, my colleague Chelsea Ricker and I went to a very inspiring panel organized by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ), “Litigating Human Rights Series: The Task and Implications of Decriminalizing Homosexual Sex in India.” The recent decision…

Fighting to make their voices heard: Young people travel to APCRHSHR

The 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR) takes place this week in Beijing, China. Youth activists between the ages of 16-24 are traveling from countries as far and wide as Bangladesh, India, Indonesia,…

Virginity Testing in Madhya Pradesh

Addressing the control of women’s bodies through surface solutions meant to win easy votes will only result in the continued subjugation of women. This obvious fact was proved (yet again) during a recent controversy over forced virginity tests in India. Under a public scheme of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Madhya Pradesh, a state…

Indian Sex Workers and a Celebration of Sexual Diversity

As an Indian woman living in America, I have visited sex worker programs across seven states in India. Most of these visits were conducted through official roles within international NGOs, but a few were personal visits to see friends who lived in red light districts and brothels. These experiences, whether discussing the effectiveness of condom…

Repealing 377: Sodomy Laws in India

Gay pride marches swept through India this Sunday in a burst of colors and joy that celebrated the growing confidence of LGBTQQI communities to assert their claims for equality. Marches in the streets occurred alongside several quieter moves of government officials on a related legal case that has waged in India for the last seven…