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Global Roundup: Have We Failed in Promoting Women’s Rights?

Weekly global roundup: A Tibetan Nun Self-Immolates; women’s rights activists are detained in Zimbabwe; gay rights under threat in Peru; and IPPF asks if we have failed at women’s empowerment and development.

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Seeking Justice: Accountability for Sexual Violence

Today, as we honor women’s economic, political, and social advancements, the women of Zimbabwe are recovering from a brutal campaign of rape.  We must hold the perpetrators accountable.

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Zimbabwe’s Growing Crisis of Maternal Deaths

Despite international attention to the issue of maternal mortality worldwide, little progress has been made in reducing maternal deaths. In some countries, such as Zimbabwe, the situation is getting worse rather than better.

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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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A Woman’s Fight Against HIV Stigma

Floritah Chiradza, an HIV-positive Zimbabwe woman, who shares her journey to help fight discrimination and stigma against HIV. Today is National HIV Testing Day in the United States.

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Bringing Back the Sex into HIV/AIDS Work in Africa

Sex with multiple partners is gaining attention in sub-Saharan Africa in order to address a ballooning epidemic, where just 12 percent of men and 10 percent of women know their HIV status.

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Cultural Matters of Reproductive Health

People should be able to have a satisfying and safe sex life and the freedom to decide if, when and how often to have children. But in Zimbabwe, this right is curtailed by the unseen force of tradition and culture.

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A Question of the Cutting Edge: Male Circumcision & HIV

Editor's Note: Today we welcome Masimba Biriwashi, a Zimbabwean writer and journalist, writing from Thailand. He has experience with Health & Development Networks and will be covering HIV/AIDS issues on the continents of Africa and Asia.

Male circumcision (removal of the foreskin of the male penis) is increasingly gaining currency as an alternative method to reduce HIV-infection. In sub-Saharan Africa, the worst affected region in the world, male circumcision (MC) could prevent six million new infections, researchers say.

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