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He-Men, Virginity Pledges, and Bridal Dreams: Obama Administration Quietly Endorses Dangerous Ab-Only Curriculum

May 6, 2012

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by Debra Hauser, Advocates for Youthand Monica Rodriguez, Sexuality Information & Education Council of the US (SIECUS)and Elizabeth Schroeder and Danene Sorace, Executive Director, Answer and Consultant, Future of Sex Education May 1, 2012 Sometime this month, an updated list of “evidence-based” teen pregnancy prevention programs was endorsed by the Department of Health and Human […]

ANTI-PROSTITUTION PLEDGE

April 1, 2012

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Current law requires all organizations that receive PEPFAR funding to have a policy that explicitly opposes prostitution and sex trafficking. This policy, known as the anti-prostitution pledge, or the Anti-Prostitution Loyalty Oath (APLO), has been shown to have a negative impact on prevention efforts because it undermines the most effective approaches to working with sex […]

HIV/AIDS: You, me and HIV

February 14, 2012

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Photo: lst1984/FlickrLiving and loving with HIV JOHANNESBURG, 14 February 2012 (PlusNews) – Rising HIV prevalence rates around the world have changed how we date and how we love, at least in theory. The sexual history discussion comes up earlier in dating, and HIV testing as a couple is just a step below becoming “official”. Then […]

Using Performing Arts to End Violence against Women in Papua New Guinea

February 8, 2012

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Posted on February 3 2012 | News Members of the Seeds Theatre Group performing a drama to end violence against women in the Lae District, Papua New Guinea. (Photo: Pisai Gumar/Nationalpic) Dramatizing violence! That’s the motto of the community-based Seeds Theatre Group to address violence against women and girls in the densely populated communities of […]

KENYA: Tackling underage sex work in Nyanza’s gold mines

February 8, 2012

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NYATIKE, 7 February 2012 (PlusNews) – Inside a smoky makeshift kiosk, Julie*, 16, can hardly cope with the demand from her clients for a cup of tea and a snack – the men are parched from their work as gold miners in the western Kenyan district of Nyatike. Photo: Kenneth Odiwuor/IRINMiners in Nyatike have money […]

January 23, 2012

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NAIROBI, 23 January 2012 (PlusNews) – A small Kenyan study has found that more women than men feel HIV is a less serious threat after their male partners are circumcised; the study also made local news for finding that female partners of recently circumcised men found sex more enjoyable. Photo: Edgar Mwakaba/IRINMore women than men […]

KENYA: The downside of male involvement in PMTCT

January 18, 2012

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KISUMU, 16 January 2012 (PlusNews) – Involving men is increasingly being promoted as a key element in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and while its benefits are well-documented – in one Kenyan study it reduced the risks of vertical transmission and infant mortality by more than 40 percent compared with no involvement – […]

Zambian Sex Workers Offered ‘Transformation’

January 16, 2012

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By Chanda Katongo WeNews correspondentMonday, January 16, 2012 A nongovernmental group in Zambia has reached out to 7,000 sex workers since 1992 and has helped many find new occupations. But other women in the impoverished country don’t think they can afford to quit. “I do this for my daughter,” one says. LUSAKA, Zambia (WOMENSENEWS) — […]

Gaps between boys and girls in developing world widen as they get older – UN report

September 14, 2011

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13 September 2011 – A new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) highlights significant gaps in areas such as education and health, mostly favouring males, as boys and girls in developing countries grow older. “While there is little difference between boys and girls in early childhood with respect to nutrition, health, education and […]

Gaps between boys and girls in developing world widen as they get older – UN report

September 14, 2011

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13 September 2011 – A new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) highlights significant gaps in areas such as education and health, mostly favouring males, as boys and girls in developing countries grow older. “While there is little difference between boys and girls in early childhood with respect to nutrition, health, education and […]

Helene Is a Survivor, Not a Victim

August 24, 2011

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24 August 2011 Marie Targonski-0’Brien “…how can I possibly refer to someone like Helene as a victim when the only way I see her is as a survivor?” In The Democratic Republic of Congo, the voice of a woman is seldom heard. While the torment of rape and sexual violence ripples throughout a country stricken […]

Helene Is a Survivor, Not a Victim

August 24, 2011

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24 August 2011 Marie Targonski-0’Brien “…how can I possibly refer to someone like Helene as a victim when the only way I see her is as a survivor?” In The Democratic Republic of Congo, the voice of a woman is seldom heard. While the torment of rape and sexual violence ripples throughout a country stricken […]

HIV/AIDS: Female condoms slowly gaining popularity – report

August 11, 2011

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Photo: Julie Vandal/IRINFemale condoms are still less popular than the male variety NAIROBI, 11 August 2011 (PlusNews) – Long seen as the ugly step-child of HIV prevention, the female condom seems to be gaining popularity through grassroots campaigns, according to a new report by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). “For the fourth consecutive year, access […]

HIV/AIDS: Female condoms slowly gaining popularity – report

August 11, 2011

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Photo: Julie Vandal/IRINFemale condoms are still less popular than the male variety NAIROBI, 11 August 2011 (PlusNews) – Long seen as the ugly step-child of HIV prevention, the female condom seems to be gaining popularity through grassroots campaigns, according to a new report by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). “For the fourth consecutive year, access […]

August 9, 2011

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By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.Published: August 8, 2011 Lynsey Addario for The New York Times  AIDS is on the rise in many Muslim countries, driven by men having sex with other men in secret because of homophobia, religious intolerance and fear of being jailed or executed, according to a new study. The new report, released […]

UN Women-Supported Project to Provide Legal and Medical Services to Rwandan Widows

July 28, 2011

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Posted on July 26 2011 Mother and child at a Village of Hope community centre in Kigali that provides services and emergency housing to women victims of rape and other violent crimes committed during the Rwandan genocide. During the genocide, women were systematically raped by HIV-infected men as part of a campaign to spread the […]

UN Women-Supported Project to Provide Legal and Medical Services to Rwandan Widows

July 28, 2011

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Posted on July 26 2011 Mother and child at a Village of Hope community centre in Kigali that provides services and emergency housing to women victims of rape and other violent crimes committed during the Rwandan genocide. During the genocide, women were systematically raped by HIV-infected men as part of a campaign to spread the […]

AFRICA: Political leadership key to male circumcision success

July 20, 2011

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Photo: Charles Akena/IRINPolitical leadership needed  ROME, 18 July 2011 (PlusNews) – Countries that have been quick to incorporate medical male circumcision into their HIV prevention programmes are already seeing good results compared with those that have been slower to embrace the procedure, say experts. Following three African trials that proved the efficacy of male circumcision […]

AFRICA: Political leadership key to male circumcision success

July 20, 2011

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Photo: Charles Akena/IRINPolitical leadership needed  ROME, 18 July 2011 (PlusNews) – Countries that have been quick to incorporate medical male circumcision into their HIV prevention programmes are already seeing good results compared with those that have been slower to embrace the procedure, say experts. Following three African trials that proved the efficacy of male circumcision […]