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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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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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Why the Women’s Rights Movement Must Listen to Sex Workers

Sex workers organized by Kthi Win. [img src]

To label and disregard sex workers as “victims” who cannot comprehend their true “enslavement” is condescending, disempowering, and untrue. 

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The Long Wait: Reproductive Health Care in Haiti

Last month, Haiti’s donor conference raised money for a nation that has weathered storms time and time again.  The pledges added to the previously committed $3 billion in international assistance.  While all of this may seem like a large amount of money for a small Caribbean island, little investment in reproductive health has undermined overall goals of poverty alleviation. A new report highlights the gaps in reproductive health in Haiti, where re-occuring crises place women and families at risk.

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Filling in the Gaps In Global AIDS Policy

The fight for better prevention policy for women in U.S. global AIDS programs was lost in the reauthorization process last year.

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Roundup: VIDEO: McCain Gets Testy in Defense of Sex Ed Ad

Video of a testy McCain defending his sex ed ad; Alaskan students band together for better sex ed; Britain’s Channel 4 plans sex ed show for teens; Investing in women pays high ROI; Utah GOP calls for abortion ban; Palin’s anti-abortion stance inspires donations to Planned Parenthood; and more.

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Roundup: Hillary Warns Women Contraception Access Under Threat

Hillary Clinton says impending HHS rule could give medical practitioners ‘a free pass to deny access to contraception'; Over 500,000 women die every year during childbirth; UN says governments must do more for women; Colorado Amendment 48 could be used to outlaw abortion and perhaps contraception.

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Roundup: Global AIDS Report Released

UNAIDS report indicates slight slowing of global infection rates; 17th annual International AIDS Conference set to begin this Sunday; Sex education and AIDS; Abortion providers becoming extinct in rural American West; Parental notification measure gains support in California.

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Guest Blogger: UN Meeting on AIDS Must Include “All”

Live-blogging from the UN meeting on AIDS: HIV stigma fuels the invisibility of many populations afflicted by this disease – when we say we want to reach “all” groups of people, we should mean it.

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