Rupert Walder

RH Reality Check, Europe

Rupert Walder writes from the United Kingdom. He has experience with reproductive health, women’s rights and HIV/AIDS prevention and will be covering these issues throughout Europe.


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Is Europe Pro-Choice Now?

Rupert Walder

While the Council of Europe's recent vote on abortion is not legally binding, it represents the first pan-European call on European countries to decriminalize abortion where it remains illegal and to ensure that women and men have access to contraception.

Beyond the Millenium Development Goals

Rupert Walder

Reproductive health is not a strong enough theme in any of the millenium development goals. And as the MDGs remain a primary international development agenda at least until 2015, that means a continuing compromise for reproductive health in international development.

PEPFAR: Beware of Americans Bearing Gifts

Rupert Walder

What do European AIDS advocates have to say about PEPFAR? "The ab-only earmarked funding in PEPFAR goes against modern principles of effective aid ... ab-only approaches have no effect in the developing world where a significant percentage of sexual initiation among young girls is coerced or forced."

It’s Not About You

Rupert Walder

Because they are not involved, because it is not about them, for many reasons, I am sure there are many men who do not know how they should feel about a partner's abortion. But that doesn't mean there is a post-abortion syndrome for men.

Activists By Chance

Rupert Walder

Two British musicians took a trip to Cape Verde on a whim, and ended up becoming HIV/AIDS activists. Watch the video they created with Cape Verdeans!

Business As Usual in Kenya?

Rupert Walder

The political crisis in Kenya is deeply affecting women -- the number of rape survivors seeking treatment has doubled in a Nairobi hospital -- but business as usual in Kenya before the crisis wasn't good for women, either.

Messages and Stories for 2008

Rupert Walder

As we wind down from World AIDS Day, and dust off our "if you get drunk at the office party don't forget to use a condom" messages for the festive season, I wonder what sexual and reproductive health advocates should be saying next year.

Only Words?

Rupert Walder

Women Deliver provided an important demand that we reach out to new audiences. Let's not do it with our old, complicated, language for reproductive and sexual health and rights.

Global Commitment to Safe Motherhood

Rupert Walder

Rupert reports from Women Deliver on the needs of a Sudanese midwife, the UK's multi-million dollar investment and what the future holds for improving maternal mortality. Also, don't miss the voices of youth from Women Deliver in our special series!

Partnership Fails on RH Issues

Rupert Walder

Ministers from the developed and developing world launched a new International Health Partnership, but the partnership only referenced, rather than committed to, reproductive health.

Population

Rupert Walder

Should we use the "p" word again in order to reach out to policy makers who continue to take a polite, but not very political, interest in sexual and reproductive health and rights as a development issue?

Facts But Also Fear: HIV testing

Rupert Walder

According the UK Department of Health, 35 percent of people living with HIV in the UK are unaware of their status, suggesting the need for a testing awareness day here, as well as in the United States. But what do the experts think?

Reproductive Health Commodities

Rupert Walder

Rupert Walder provides a European perspective on reproductive health commodities (from contraceptives to testing kits to equipment for emergency obstetric care).

Worthy Opponents in Warsaw?

Rupert Walder

Last week's World Congress of Families provided an opportunity to hear the same old anti-choice rhetoric. It did not represent the real power of the anti-choice movement, which appears in less obvious arenas.

Governments versus Women in Europe

Rupert Walder

Editor's Note: Today we welcome Rupert Walder, writing from the United Kingdom. He has experience with reproductive health, women's rights and HIV/AIDS prevention and will be covering these issues throughout Europe.

The Cyprus Government recently announced measures that might include paying couples who have three or more children as much as $45,000 in an attempt to reverse the country's declining population. Over the last decade, similar proposals for birth incentives have been made in other European countries—including Italy, which has one of the world's lowest fertility rates. Is this a progressive approach to a (very real) problem? Or is it population control back to haunt us in another guise.

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