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Racial Injustice: The Case for Prosecuting Buyers as Sex Traffickers

Those of us fighting trafficking as part of a broader human rights movement must recognize that failing to advocate for the use of these laws to punish both buyers and sellers serves to perpetuate very serious racial disparities in who we are deeming culpable and who we are criminalizing for trafficking.

Those of us fighting trafficking as part of a broader human rights movement must recognize that failing to advocate for the use of these laws to punish both buyers and sellers serves to perpetuate very serious racial disparities in who we are deeming culpable and who we are criminalizing for trafficking.

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New York City Council Holds Paid Sick Days Hearing, But Mayoral Hopeful Quinn Barely Shows

sick woman in bed

Christine Quinn’s silence was notable because she is widely perceived to be the only obstacle standing between the bill and its passage.

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Open Letter to Representative Trent Franks: What Caring About Women and Babies Really Looks Like

Dear Representative Trent Franks and other anti-choice politicians: Stop claiming you care about women and babies. You didn’t care about me when I was raped, and you don’t care about the suffering of American people. How dare you suggest otherwise.

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Reflections on Advancing Women’s Empowerment Beyond Rio+20

You may ask: what exactly is “women’s empowerment” and how can we support this effort to promote sustainable development in a comprehensive and long-term way, while at the same time respecting human rights?

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Rio+20: Our “Allies” Did Nothing to Stand Up for Us

Not only is the Rio +20 outcome document, “The Future We Want,” silent on sexual and reproductive rights, but during the negotiations many of  the EU and G77 countries who have been progressive on these issues in the past were completely silent.

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Live from Rio+20, Day Four: “Plenary Floor, Demographic Dividend and the Youth Bulge”

Dr Carmen Barroso, Director, IPPF/WHR. (Photo: Vicky Markham)

While the last hours of negotiations unfold, we begin to look forward to future demographic trends and how to turn them into dividends rather losses.

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Live from Rio+20, Day Three: “The Voices of Women”

Climate Wise Women at Rio+20": Constance Okollet, Ngozika Onuzo, Tracy Mann, Ulamila Kurai Wragg, Sharon Hanshaw.

Today I participated in an extraordinary side-event on “Rio+20 and Women’s lives: A Cross-General Dialogue” at the Ford Foundation Pavilion. This event was very intimate, it drew you in, with women’s personal stories for Rio+20 and beyond.

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Live from Rio+20, Day Two: “Favelas and Protests”

Cachoeirinha Favela Family. Photo by Vicky Markham.

Today, here at the BEMFAM clinic in Cachoeirinha Favela in Rio de Janeiro, youth were having a very animated discussion about how they viewed sexuality, reproductive health, being young, and their feelings and emotions about this period in their life.

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Rio+20 Agreement Fails Women, and the World

Women wave scarves at Rio+20 protest. Photo by: Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD).

During meetings to finalize the Rio+20 document, Heads of State will adopt in the next few days at Rio+20, delegates agreed on a plan short on vision and big on compromises, including trading away women’s rights to placate the Vatican, Egypt, and Syria.

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Stories of Oppression in China Highlight Need to Empower Women

Horrifying reports of a woman forced to have an abortion draw attention yet again to the dangers of China’s one-child policy. All champions of human rights must openly condemn China’s one-child policy and the illegal practices of forced abortion and coerced birth control reported in some localities. The continued oppression of Chinese families through coercive reproductive policies must end.

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