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Can a mobile phone save women's lives?

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It’s synthetic, fits in your pocket, and can help prevent the spread of HIV. Nope, it’s not a condom—it’s a cell phone, the newest and perhaps most effective way to spread sexual health information. As of today, mobile phone users in India can send a text to 529222 and, for a small fee, receive sexual […]

Sex in Indonesia: Education over Censorship, Please

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Indonesian Technology Ministers are all worked up over “pornographic” materials available to citizens via their Blackberry devices, and threatened to ban Blackberry service unless the company  agreed to filter out the undesirable content. News reports today announced Blackberry’s compliance, and that sites like Playboy are now blocked from Blackberry devices across that country. While pornography […]

Leaders for Sex Ed in Pakistan

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“They ask me when you should start sex education, and I say as soon as the child can talk. They should be told the names of the genitals just as they are told about hands and eyes and ears, and nose.” Those are the words of Dr. Mobin Akhtar, a psychiatrist who promotes sexuality education […]

If Leaders Aren't Talking About Women's Rights, Let's Raise Our Voices

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Globally, everyone is buzzing over the Wikileaks scandal and what our world leaders really talk about when they think no one’s listening. A report out today from Women’s E-News highlighted what our leaders aren’t talking about behind closed doors: women’s rights. Reporter Corinna Barnard scoured over 200 of the Wikileaked cables and found “nothing about […]

New Malaysian Sex Ed Program: Close, but not Quite There

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As of next school year, children attending Malaysia’s primary schools will learn about inappropriate touching, reproductive systems, sexually transmitted infections, and a host of other vital topics as part of the country’s new Social and Reproductive Health Education module.  As an outspoken champion for comprehensive sexuality education, I was thoroughly excited by this news—until I […]

Talking (Not Yelling) About Abortion

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A few months ago, a colleague told me a story about a man she met in Nigeria who said he was against abortion under any circumstances.  Instead of writing him off as “the opposition” to her pro-choice efforts or labeling him as “unreasonable,” she sat with him and asked why he felt the way he did. […]

Video: An Adolescent’s Fight for Safe Abortion

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Imagine the unthinkable: A 13-year-old girl in Peru loses her father, and while still grieving his death is raped by a man close to her family. She realizes she’s pregnant, climbs to the roof of a local building, and jumps. The fall doesn’t kill her, but leaves her with a paralyzing spinal injury. Doctors say […]