Can a mobile phone save women's lives?

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

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…

Leaders for Sex Ed in Pakistan

“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.

Ugandan Paper Punished, New Precedent Set toward Gay Rights

While homosexual acts remain illegal in Uganda, that country’s high court has outlawed media outlets from publishing the identities of people they claim are gay. The ruling comes after a horrific slew of outings by a Ugandan newspaper in 2010 which urged for the death of those spotlighted, and led to violence against those named.

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

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…

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

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…

Talking (Not Yelling) About Abortion

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.

When Good Work is Rewarded: Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year Awards

“Glamour is about how much good women can do. It is about courage, strength, and determination. It is about selflessness.” Those were the words of Queen Rania of Jordan at this year’s Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York City, and I couldn’t agree…

Lives on the Line: Unsafe Abortion Around the World

Akimbo has devoted this entire week to global access to safe abortion, and we’re hoping the attention helps stir conversation and build support for greater access for all women. To wrap up, let’s take a look at the risks women are facing around the globe when they seek to terminate a pregnancy. Asia and…

Video: An Adolescent’s Fight for Safe Abortion

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…