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The Fight for Universal Access to Abortion

The international human rights and global health communities gathered with policy-makers and government leaders last month in Washington D.C. to make the case for universal abortion access.

The international human rights and global health communities gathered with policy-makers and government leaders last month in Washington D.C. to make the case for universal abortion access. This unheralded collaboration arrives on the heels of another first: a report from the UN secretary-general calling for access to safe abortion.

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High-Level Panel Takes Strong Stand for Health of Women, Girls

ICPD’s vision remains as relevant and urgent now as it was 19 years ago.

The High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development takes aim at violence and maternal mortality.

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United Nations Adopts Landmark Resolution on Adolescents and Youth

Late Friday at the 45th Session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CPD), member states issued a bold resolution in support of young people’s sexual and reproductive health and human rights.

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Young and Restless at the United Nations, Youth Fight For Their Rights

It was a youth takeover at the United Nations last week, for the 45th annual Commission on Population and Development, a global meeting to examine whether and how we are protecting the sexual rights and health of our youngest generation.

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Dispatches From CPD 2012: Final Successes, Limitations, and a Call for Accountability

Friday, April 27th, 2012 marked the fifth and final day of this year’s United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CPD), the time when the member states of the UN come together to discuss sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) globally. 

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Dispatches from CPD 2012: Tracking the Opposition’s Attacks on Youth Rights

The opposition wants all young people who deviate from the social “norm” (also referred to as ‘sexual anarchists’) to be prisoners of their own natural identity without the ability to express themselves and their individuality in a safe environment. 

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Dispatches From CPD 2012: Can I Get an Evidence-Base in Here?!

What the opposition’s arguments lack is one or a combination of the following: an evidence-base, a rational argument, an understanding of biomedical theories including pathology and pharmacology, an appreciation of normal emotional reactions and the social determinants of the individual identity, amongst others.

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Dispatches From CPD 2012: Let’s Talk About Sex!

As the negotiations at the 45th Commission on Population and Development (CPD) continue at the United Nations in New York City, the work towards establishing a strong outcome document that ensures young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) becomes even more intense.

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Dispatches from CPD 2012: Will We Take Action to Make Things Better Or Just Keep Re-Writing Plans?

At this extremely important time for the globe, we need to ensure that the outcome documents of this year’s, and forthcoming meetings of the Commission on Population and Development are strong and will guarantee an increased focus on young people and their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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Gender Based Violence: An Expanded Definition and a Pessimistic Assessment

We must expand the definition of gender based violence and be realistic about efforts to curtail let alone eradicate it.

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