Update: Take Action Against Racism and Sexism in Peru

Recently, we blogged on the Campaign Against Racism and Sexism that our partner LUNDU has initiated in Peru and on the threats of violence LUNDU received after protesting the racist TV characters “El Negro Mama” and “La Paisana Jacinta.”  You can read more about this situation here from MADRE…

IWHC Partner LUNDU Receives Threats of Violence After Protesting Racist TV Show

A few months ago, we spoke about the Public Awareness Campaign Against Racism and Sexism that our partner Lundu has been carrying out in Peru. This campaign challenged the racism ingrained in Peruvian society, where African descendents are a highly discriminated against minority, marginalized on many…

Mexico City legalizes same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples

We’re a little slow on reporting this, but a little good news is always welcome! In December 2009, by a vote of 39 to 20, Mexico City’s legislative assembly approved revisions to the civil code to permit same-sex marriages and by a vote of 31 to 24 expressed itself in favor of legalizing…

Partner Spotlight: Center for Afro-Peruvian Studies and Empowerment

Founded in 2001 by then 21-year-old Monica Carrillo, in preparation for the third United Nations International Conference against Racism in Durban South Africa, the Center for Afro-Peruvian Studies and Empowerment (Centro de Estudios y Promocion Afroperuano or LUNDÚ) is an anti-sexism, anti-racism, anti-homophobia organization focused on empowering a new generation of Afro-Peruvian…

Political Will Needed to Protect Health and Rights of Women in the Dominican Republic

Over the past few months, we’ve been monitoring the progress of Article 30 – a piece of legislation introduced in the Dominican Republic in late April and ratified in their Congress a few weeks ago. Article 30 establishes that “the right to life is inviolable from conception until death,” effectively making abortion illegal in…

IWHC at the First Annual Meeting of the MesoAmerican Coalition for Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Last week, I attended the first Meeting of the MesoAmerican Coalition for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in Mexico City. The Meeting was an initiative of IPPF-RHO and the Mexican Demysex “Democracy and Sexuality”, a Mexican organization working on issues of…