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The Politics of Abortion in Latin America

Latin America is home to five of the seven countries in the world in which abortion is banned in all instances, even when the life of the woman is at risk.

Latin America is home to five of the seven countries in the world in which abortion is banned in all instances, even when the life of the woman is at risk. Here’s why.

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The Hidden Reality of Cancer in Latin America and the Caribbean

In Latin America and the Caribbean, cancer is a rapidly growing and increasingly deadly epidemic.

In poor countries, cervical cancer is often the most common cancer-related death among women, or even the leading cause of death for women, period.

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Addressing Violence Against Women Living With HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean

Violence against women living with HIV has increasingly been recognized in Latin America and the Caribbean as a key issue, but there remain challenges as well as opportunities to place it at the core of the policymaking process.

Violence against women living with HIV has increasingly been recognized in Latin America and the Caribbean as a key issue, but there remain challenges as well as opportunities to place it at the core of the policymaking process.

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An Open Letter to Caribbean Men, From Caribbean Women

The rate of rape in the Caribbean is higher than the global average.

Dear Caribbean men: We do not have to smile for you. We do not have to answer you. We do not have to dance with you. And we do not dress for you.

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Gender-Based Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean: What Are the Real Numbers?

(A Costa Rican police patch.) Despite the persistence of these abuses, the importance of documenting violence against women and collecting sound data remains.

There is critical importance in documenting acts of violence against women—systematically, carefully, and over time.

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On Her Fortieth Birthday, What Does Roe Mean for Me and Mine?

(original photo via Orlando Rob/flickr)

As a woman with privilege who has depended on the law, I am grateful for Roe. As a queer, Indo-Caribbean from an immigrant family in the Bronx, I remember that laws often require less than justice does. 

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Young People Are at the Center of Efforts to End the Spread of HIV

UNAIDS released a report in advance of World AIDS Day with hopeful news about the epidemic: there has been nearly a 50 percent reduction in new infections across 25 low and middle income countries. As UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe put it, “We are moving from despair to hope.” Young people are at the center of that success.

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In Latin America and the Caribbean, Unmet Need for Contraception and Unsafe Abortion Are Widespread

January 22nd marked the 39th anniversary of one of the most significant legal decisions of the 20th century, Roe v. Wade. This landmark ruling from the United States Supreme Court legalized abortion and changed the course of history for women in this country. Yet women in Latin America and the Caribbean continue to struggle for this basic reproductive right.

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Human Trafficking and The Caribbean: Part 1

The Department of State’s 10th Annual Trafficking In Person’s Report ranks countries on progress against human trafficking. How are Caribbean nations responding? How does this report help to create change and build community?

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Sex Ed Lessons from Southern Neighbors

A United Nations Economic and Social Council meeting concluded last week with unequivocal support for comprehensive sex education throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to help stem the HIV epidemic and promote overall health.

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