Part II: Reshaping the Realities of Women Living with HIV in Rajasthan

Women at training session at the Positive Women Network of Rajasthan. I’ve been in India now six weeks, and I get a lot of questions and puzzled looks about my marital status. Women find it hard to understand why and how at 27, I’m still unmarried. In India, where 14 percent of women are married…

Part I: Reshaping the Realities of Women Living with HIV in Rajasthan

Women at a Positive Women Network of Rajasthan meeting in India Last week, the Times of India—one of India’s leading English-language newspapers—ran an article headlined “Man Kills Wife for Refusing Money for Liquor.” As disturbing as the article was, it is a reflection of the commonplace violence against women in India. During the past…

Winds of Change Blow Over Saudi

Check out the excerpt from an article submitted by one of our readers about progressive steps taken by the King of Saudi Arabia: “King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz threw down the royal gauntlet to reform-procrastinators last week, announcing a major overhaul of the country’s top religious and political leadership. His Feb. 14 royal decrees —…

US: Homosexuality Should Not Be a Crime

On the heels of removing the Global Gag Rule and reinstating funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the new U.S. Administration yesterday set another powerful precedent when it formally endorsed a United Nations (UN) statement…

Thank Senator Leahy for Standing Strong for Women and Girls!

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) proved himself a powerful ambassador for women and girls last week by supporting UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, on the Senate floor. UNFPA provides vital sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning, care during pregnancy and childbirth, and prevention of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. UNFPA delivers…

Circumspect Thoughts About Adult Circumcision

About a year ago, my colleague was in Swaziland and drove by this billboard promoting adult circumcision. Driving too quickly to do a double-take, she…