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Church or State? The Vatican Has Too Much Influence at the UN

Screenshot taken from the creative new video on the excessive power and abuse of that power of the Vatican.

It is simply unjust that one religion is allowed to act as a state, and use that power to block rights rather than protect them.

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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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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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