Unfinished business: Abortion Laws in Mozambique and Uruguay

The first serious investigative journalism I did was a five-part series on abortion in Uruguay, for the weekly BUSQUEDA, back in 1982. Thirty years later, I am coaching Mozambican reporters doing stories on illegal abortion in Mozambique. Africa in 2012 is a world apart from Latin America in 1982…

Joan Dunlop: The World Is a Better Place for Women Because of Her

I am sure Joan Dunlop would have loved to know what I was doing last week in Mozambique: a press briefing on unsafe abortion, with the Mozambican Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health. A national prize for best story on abortion will be awarded in October, when the Mozambican Parliament will discuss…

Honoring Lynde Francis—Zimbabwean HIV Activist

Lynde Francis did not have time for self-pity. Diagnosed HIV-positive in 1986, she learned to live with HIV, instead of dying of AIDS, and taught other Zimbabweans how to do it, long before antiretrovirals (ARVs), when HIV was a death sentence and AIDS was shrouded in blame, shame, and self-hate. Lynde was a maverick: Zimbabwe’s…