Sexual Rights Online and IRL: The International Scene

I’ve been spending Sunday and Monday in San Francisco at the second annual Sex::Tech – Focus on Youth conference, which attracts non-profit, advocacy, youth rights, reproductive health and tech folks from all over the place. This year I gave a talk about the online work…

Denying Young People the Right to Know (Part 4)

And when as young people, we asked why this had happened, we received public quotes through the media, where the Chief Minister of a state, went on record to say, “Why do young people need Sex Education in India? We have Yoga.” A member of parliament described the need to implement comprehensive gender and sexuality…

Denying Young People the Right to Know (Part 3)

Why is sexuality so problematic? Why as society, are we so scared to address any kind of sexuality education or rights cohesively? What stops us from giving young people complete rather than half baked information that is critical and live saving and that can protect them from disease, empowers them to be informed individuals and…

Challenging Tradition: Child Marriage in India

The Lancet, a long-running medical journal, has published an interesting study this week about child marriage in India (link leads to summary, free registration required to read the full article online). Here’s a quick run-down of their findings: 44·5% of women aged…

Denying Young People the Right to Know (Part 2)

The YP Foundation creates a space in society where young people access the resources, training and mentoring they need to be able to set up and host their own projects with us. These projects target a range of socio-cultural, political, economic, environmental and legal issues that the youth in India feel need to be addressed…

Denying Young People the Right to Know (Part 1)

When you grow up in urban India like I have, it’s almost like growing up with two identities at the same time. The first is all about your own world. You’re a young person, trying to establish yourself in a society that traditionally, doesn’t really listen to young people. And so you meet this second…

Sexuality, Health, Wellbeing, and Bon Jovi

As I was getting ready to speak at Tuesday’s Congressional briefing—Global Youth: A Strategic Investment—in a small café in downtown Washington, it was clear to me why the U.S. government needs to see globalization as an opportunity. The busboys were on break. They were all from Central America, all with ipods, all excitedly discussing in…

Indian Sex Workers Fight Penalization

After months of speculation and stress, sex workers rights advocates have reason to celebrate this International Sex Workers Rights Day. Last week, the Cabinet failed…

School Can Change a Girl’s Life

I come from a village called Sathin, small city in western Rajasthan, India. I have heard my village has around 700 people,but I cannot say for certain because in my culture, girls are not allowed to go outside of their homes. My father is illiterate. My mother left school when she was 12…

A Woman Changing the World: A Conversation with Aahung Director Rahal Saeed

  • October 27, 2008

Currently the Director of Aahung, Rahal Saeed has significant experience in program management, gender, empowerment, and reproductive health. She has worked for CEDPA (Centre for Population and Development Activities) in Washington, DC, where she was seconded to the Catalyst Consortium, a global reproductive health project.  She has an MA in International Training…