Hate crimes against homosexuals are connected to the political, social and legal environment in which they live. And in Africa religious groups are talking about morals but simultaneously stirring hatred directly leading to violence against homosexuals.
There is no shortage of reports or data documenting the abhorrent extent of sexual violence in the DRC. Women are targets working in the fields. Women are targets walking home. Women are targets virtually everywhere.
There are some decisions which can be only me made by us as individuals. These are inviolable personal choices. These are the decisions about our sexuality and how we will express it, about our bodies and what we will and will not do with them. But to make these personal choices, we need knowledge.
Malawi appears to be following Uganda’s and Rwanda’s lead on virulent homophobia with the arrest of two men charged with “carnal knowledge of a person against the order of nature.”
Little attention is paid to the stigma, discrimination and heightened risks faced by children orphaned by AIDS.
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.
A proposed "anti-homosexuality" law blatantly disregards both international law and Uganda's Constitution, threatening freedom of speech and freedom from violence and discrimination.
As far back as 2001, women living with HIV/AIDS were being sterilized in Namibian hospitals, without their autonomous consent. Shockingly, these women, whose cases the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS began documenting in 2008, continue to wait for redress.
If aid is meant to create cost-effective, efficient and sustainable health care systems, African nations and the global community must address the high number of unsafe abortions and the needless waste of money spent addressing complications.
Malawi has some of the harshest laws in all of Africa criminalizing homosexuality. Many religious groups actively support discrimination against gay, lesbian, and transgender persons and in turn are fanning the spread of HIV.
Rather than recognizing the need for sex education, India's government has responded with a deplorable decision to eliminate all sex education in schools, one that has been criticized extensively.
NGO reports indicate that Cambodia, like many other countries, is falling short on its commitments to universal access to reproductive health services.
The Chinese Government has decided to distribute free contraceptives to
the migrant population, a group previously denied access to the free condoms
Decriminalization of homosexuality by the Delhi High Court gives hope to advocates for equality throughout the globe. Still, much work needs to be done to eradicate discrimination in daily life.
On May 20, Nepal's Supreme Court ordered the Nepalese government to enact a comprehensive abortion law to guarantee that abortion is accessible to women, not just legal.
Nearly 350 women gathered together for the Second International "Women for Peace Conference" in East Timor to talk about the role women can play "as creative agents for peace."
What does it mean to be straight, gay, queer, L or G or B or T or none of the above? What is it like to live with the stigma of HIV? How does it feel to be denied the right to marry your partner?
The Australian Government recently made a monumental decision to resume the use of its foreign aid funding for the provision of abortion services and information.
Whilst between 35,000 and 40,000 HIV-positive people in China are effectively receiving treatment, more than twice that number are unwilling to be tested or receive test results because of fear of stigma.
International Women's Day is an opportune moment to reflect on whether the the UN's review process has had any positive impact on the reproductive and sexual health of women.
Are low rates of usage of the female condom in the Asia-Pacific region a problem of access or demand?
Violence against women is a problem worldwide, but violence against women in the Asia-Pacific region is seldom spotlighted. A new study seeks to understand the scope of the problem, and its roots.
The repeal of the global gag rule does not only means that hundreds of thousands of women around the globe who may no longer need to seek an unsafe abortion as a means of last resort, risking their health and lives to do so.
The government of Nepal recently became the first in the region to recognize women's fundamental right to reproductive health in its Interim Constitution. Will reproductive rights make the final cut?
In most Muslim-majority countries, abortion is generally prohibited with exceptions made where the health of the mother is at risk, but doctors often aren't aware of the legal exceptions.
A newly-enforced policy of population control is directly at odds with Vietnam's concerns about the country's growing gender imbalance.
Last month, new legislation in Australia's southeastern State of Victoria decriminalized abortion up to 24 weeks. The legislation presents a good model that should be replicated not only in other Australian states but globally.
The Australian Agency for International Development is considering lifting a ban on foreign aid funding for abortion services, a proposal which has sparked significant divisive debate across the political spectrum.
For pregnant women, any environmental disaster severely limits safe delivery options, which in turn exacerbates pre-existing vulnerabilities to maternal death and disability.
The entrenchment of fundamentalist religious beliefs in East Timor's laws and the promotion of "natural family planning" has posed grave threats to women's health and lives.
The upcoming US election presents a vital opportunity to address PEFPAR's ideological blinders.
To combat maternal mortality rates in Southeast Asia far higher than Millennium Development Goal targets, governments must ensure women's right to safe abortion.