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Fighting Abortion Stigma in Thailand While Fighting My Own Fears

The workshop on unplanned pregnancy prevention organized by the Police Housewife Association and the Bangkok Police department.

Abortion law in Thailand is very ambiguous, and as a result, I do most of my work helping women access safe abortion care out of the public eye. At a recent workshop, I responded to public requests for information on safe abortion by first confronting my own fears.

 

 

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Why Sex Workers Must Be Part of the Global Human Rights Agenda

India's National Network of Sex Workers in the Freedom Festival in Calcutta, India. 07/2012. Photos: Luca Stevenson.

If we intend to develop policies that are fair and just, we must collaborate with sex workers themselves to afford them the dignity that they and all of us deserve. It’s time for sex workers’ rights to be an integrated part of the global human rights agenda.

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Dispatches from AWID 2012: A Day in the Life of a Sex Worker

Sex for money might take just five minutes. But what about the rest of the 7 hours and 55 minutes of a sex worker’s day? What does she do, who does she see, and how is she treated? At AWID 2012, an interactive game provided insights into these overlooked questions.

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Global Roundup: Are Anti-Trafficking Efforts Doing More Harm Than Good?

Samira Ibrahim via Global Post

Weekly global roundup: “virginity test” doctor is acquitted in Egypt while women’s football gathers momentum; condoms may literally save South Africa; a rosier picture of sex work in Thailand; journalist threatened for exposing female genital cutting in Liberia; and a steamy drama series in Kenya tackles sexual taboos.

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Navigating Sin and Karma in Thailand

Sex for young girls in Thailand is a very controversial topic, obstructed in discussion by the belief that a girl should be extremely careful about her manner, behavior, and reputation.

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Criminal Surrogacy Ring Exposed in Thailand

Thai police recently announced that they had rescued 14 Vietnamese women, aged 19 to 26, from a criminal “baby breeding” ring.

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Morning Roundup: Nancy Pelosi Fires Back

Pelosi speaks out on the anti-choice assault on women’s rights, a Thai airline seeks to hire transgender women as flight attendants, women use less epidural anesthesia during labor when they control their own pain relief, and a heart-breaking attack on women’s shelters in Afghanistan.

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Thais, Following Long-Tradition of Pragmatism on Safer Sex, Establish Condom Museum

During a time when “condom,” “prevention,” and “safer sex” had become dirty words in Washington, DC, the Thais brought with them their unique approach to condoms: Make them fun, colorful, obvious, available, destigmatized, everywhere.  Now they are opening an official condom museum, and they are way ahead of us.

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Thailand’s Community Response to AIDS

In Thailand, innovative HIV prevention advocates engage the community by emphasizing sexual diversity, conducting religious outreach, and involving community members in research.

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Microbicides: Not a Silver Bullet

Microbicides may be a potential solution for women to control their sexual health, but accessibility, women's inequality and other issues must be addressed for this to be an effective preventative method in Thailand.

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