From a 21-year-old who first saw the need for sex ed when he was the only out gay man at his Catholic school in Louisiana, to the 27-year-old web editor of one of the most popular love and relationship sites in India, these young activists are leading local sexual and reproductive health and rights movements around the world.
While the teen has not been charged with a crime regarding the dead fetus, she has still faced death threats and public judgment for her actions.
Fewer people worldwide are getting infected with HIV than a decade ago, and those infected are living longer. But declines in HIV infections are uneven and new infections still outpace new patients put on treatment by two to one.
US policy still ignores the deep structural challenges faced by women affected and infected with HIV in the United States.
Rights advocates can forget that there is an entire world of potential allies out there we may be missing because we are not effectively communicating with them.
At a meeting in Berlin last week, delegates met to review the 15 years since the signing of the ICPD Plan of Action. Significant shortfalls exist, but some progress has been made.
At a day-long Youth Symposium prior to the Non-Governmental Forum on
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Development delegates under 30 called for a “cultural paradigm shift” in
countries where taboos hinder access to accurate and
timely information about their sexual and reproductive health and
Omnibus boosts HIV prevention, treatment and care with a "record" contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and, by extension, to supporting integrated programs that address the needs of women, girls, and gay, lesbian and transgender populations.
If the omnibus fails, critical AIDS programs will be flat-funded as will other sexual and reproductive health programs, and funding for misleading abstinence-only programs will remain high.
In his inaugural speech, Obama underscored a desire to find creative new solutions to problems. Overturning the global gag rule is one step towards remedying reproductive health challenges but there are many others that require creative solutions.