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Pamela Pizarro

RH Reality Check, North America

Pamela Pizarro is a sexual and reproductive rights activist based in Ontario, Canada.  She previously worked for the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights where her interest in the field of youth and adolescent rights developed.  Her main interests are women's rights, the right to abortion, and the rights of youth to adequate sexual education and health services. 


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EC Goes OTC in Canada

Pamela Pizarro

Women in most parts of Canada will soon be able to access emergency contraception over-the-counter. But the lack of centralized health care policy means women in Quebec will still need to consult pharmacists first.

Canada’s Challenges in 2008

Pamela Pizarro

Here in Canada there are a number of issues that are going to come up in the new year in regards to sexual and reproductive health and rights -- perhaps most prominently, the Unborn Victims of Violence Bill.

The Golden Years: Sexually Active Seniors

Pamela Pizarro

Do you need to have a sit down about sex with someone that you love? Is that person your mom, dad or even a grandparent? The reality is that the changing face of "seniors" means a lot more sexually active older adults. We need to start talking to the old and the young about the birds and the bees.

Surviving Motherhood

Pamela Pizarro

After giving birth, many women experience a roller coaster of emotions. But what happens when that roller coaster won't let you off and you can't shake the baby blues? Postpartum depression is a reality for fifty to eighty percent of all new mothers in Canada.

Tolerance or Exploitation?

Pamela Pizarro

Think that child marriage only happens in the developing world? Think again - a fundamentalist sect of Mormonism has been marrying the young girls in their community to men two or even three times their age.

Are We Meeting the Needs of Youth?

Pamela Pizarro

Pamela Pizarro interviews Lisa Middleton, the coordinator for Youth for Choice, a Canadian network of young people who advocate for the sexual and reproductive rights of youth.

The Pressure to Grow Up

Pamela Pizarro

Empowering young girls (and boys) to make educated choices over their bodies, rather than blindly following the "trend," is vital for their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Equality Under the Law: Same-Sex Marriage in Canada

Pamela Pizarro

Same-sex couples have the right to legally marry across Canada; this right is linked to sexual and reproductive health and rights through the core principle that every individual is free to love and be with another individual of their choice.

Accessing Choice in Canada

Pamela Pizarro

An interview with Jessica Shaw of Canadians for Choice reveals that information about sexual and reproductive healthcare is not as easily accessible in Canada as we would like to think.

The Missing Link: Sexuality Education in Canadian Schools

Pamela Pizarro

Editor's Note: Today we welcome Pamela Pizarro, writing from Canada. She has experience with youth coalitions and will be writing about the sexual and reproductive health and rights of youth in Canada.


Youth are curious; it is one of our fundamental traits as young people. It helps us to explore and learn about the world around us. Curiosity about sex and sexuality is something that every young person goes through. We begin by exploring our own bodies, and then move on to exploring the bodies of others. It is a natural progression that each individual goes through, and when we encounter questions about our sexuality we look to our peers, educational institutions and our parents for answers.

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