Whose pleasure? Notes about Male Circumcision and Female Sexuality

Pierre Brouard, Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of Aids in South Africa, raises some interesting points in his post on male circumcision and female pleasure. Originally posted on Gender Masala, the blog by journalist and editor Mercedes Sayagues, who has posted on Akimbo before, Brouard’s post raises nuanced…

Three Priority Actions on HIV/AIDS for Women and Girls

This piece is cross-posted from the Conversations for a Better World blog. In 1981, when the first cases of HIV/AIDS were identified in the United States and Africa, I was living in Bangladesh. Since then, I have watched with horror the gathering momentum of the AIDS pandemic. It is a dreadful disease. But…

American and Indian Sex Worker Cultural Exchange

I’m going to India at the end of next week to do trainings and documentation of organizations that work on health and rights issues with women and youth in India. I’m starting of the trip by doing new media tools and tactics workshops in Delhi with CREA and the YP Foundation.

Today: Tell Your Senator that We've Waited Long Enough for CEDAW

In the beginning of March, I noted that the US is the only democracy in the world that hasn’t ratified the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). At the time, I pointed out that this should not only be an embarrassment for me as a women’s rights…

Latin America and the Carribean Feminist Organizers Express Concern About Status of Cairo Programme of Action

Fifteen years ago, governments and civil society gathered for the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, convened under the auspices of the United Nations.  The resulting Programme of Action, adopted by 179 governments, marked the first time that the reproductive and sexual health and rights of women became a central element in an international…

New York Times Columnist Features IWHC, Sunday Magazine Spotlights International Women's Issues

If you haven’t already, checkout this weekend’s New York Times Magazine on women’s rights and the realities of women’s lives around the world. For over 25 years, the International Women’s Health Coalition has been working to secure a just and healthy life for every women and girl by addressing many of the…

Empowering Youth Means Freeing Sex Ed Information

The YP Foundation, based in Delhi, India, is an ever-growing organization that, through many projects, works on the issues including Gender, Identity, Sexuality, HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse and Life Skills. Ishita Chaudhry, who is the founder of IWHC partner the YP Foundation in Delhi, India, has a long blog post up in which she struggles…

Conference Report: International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific

A week ago, the 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP), came to a closing after five intense days of plenary sessions, abstract presentations, discussions, agreements and disagreements on the most effective way to move forward with response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic in the region. Present…

The Complete Alphabet: Moving Beyond "ABC" Towards Healthy and Safe Sexuality For All

Most of us have heard the so-called “ABC’s” of sexuality education before: Abstinence, be faithful, use a condom. But what about all of the other aspects of sexuality that aren’t covered by this three-letter model? There are many more letters in the alphabet. Increasingly, sexuality educators, community members, families, and governments are acknowledging…

Many women believe men are sometimes justified in hitting their wives

Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. Global Health Magazine posted this screenshot today. The information used in this graphic comes from data assembled on the UNICEF site Child Info: Monitoring the Situation of Women and Children and collected between 2001 and 2007. The percentages above represent women aged…