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A Sustainable Samba: Sex, Rights, and Health at Rio+20

If ICPD and CPD showed a commitment by world leadership to achieve a better quality of life for all, what will Rio+20 show?

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Live from Rio+20, Day One: Women and Reproductive Health

This week begins the major UN Rio+20 “Earth Summit,” and I’ll be covering women and reproductive health (RH) issues as relate to the official UN proceedings, the NGO perspectives, and global south women’s personal stories on how Rio+20 touches their lives.

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Rio+20: Holy See and G77 Fight to Erase Women From Sustainable Development Agenda

In 1992, women’s human rights advocates played a critical role in shaping Agenda 21, ensuring that “three pillars” of sustainable development (social, environmental and economic) remained central to the sustainable development agenda, and that women remained central to all three pillars. Today, conservative forces are fighting to return to the past.

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The MARIA Fund: Supporting Women’s Access to Abortion in Mexico

Five years after Mexico City decriminalized first-trimester abortion, the MARIA Fund helps women from other parts of Mexico to access safe abortion care. You can help them.

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Dispatches from AWID 2012: The New World War? Fundamentalism vs. Human Rights

Fundamentalist religious movements are gaining ground everywhere we look. What does it mean for human rights, and more importantly, how can we move the human rights agenda forward, effectively? A panel of experts on religion and rights examined this question at AWID 2012.

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How Long Must Californians Wait to Safeguard Pregnant Women’s Rights in Prison?

For the second session in a row, the California Legislature has unanimously passed a bill to prohibit the shackling of pregnant incarcerated women. Will the Governor sign it into law?

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Two More Victories against Inhumane Treatment of Imprisoned Women

Two victories in one day: A federal jury in Tennessee affirms that shackling during labor violates women’s rights, and the Virginia Department of Corrections announces that it will no longer engage in the practice.

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Immigration Detention Reform: A Matter of Life and Death

Women detained by ICE, roughly 10 percent of the detention population, have special medical concerns and face unique challenges in detention.

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The Disastrous Effects of Immigration Policy on Women’s Lives

Policies ostensibly put in place to combat illegal immigration have proven particularly detrimental to immigrant women’s access to reproductive justice.

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My Blackness Goes Before Me: A Poem and Commentary on Racism and Reproductive Justice

I wrote this poem because I had grown tired of people not seeing me beyond the color of my skin or my “otherness.” I see it being played out on a larger scale as in African-American’s women’s right to choose as exemplified in this article that talks about Anti-Abortion Billboards.

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