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Sexual Health and Sexual Rights: Celebrating World Sexual Health Day

4 September, 2018

In 2010, the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) called all their organisations to celebrate, on each September 4th, World Sexual Health Day in an effort to promote a greater social awareness on sexual health across the globe.The theme for 2018 is ‘Sexual health and sexual rights are fundamental for wellbeing’. Reproductive Health Matters promotes...

Scientific evidence does not support HIV criminalization laws: An interview with Justice Edwin Cameron

2 August, 2018

From the AIDS 2018 Conference held in Amsterdam, twenty of the world’s leading HIV scientists launched an evidence-based consensus on 25 July 2018 that systematically refutes the rationale for laws that criminalize HIV transmission. The “Expert Consensus Statement on the Science of HIV in the Context of Criminal Law”and an accompanying editorial were published in the Journal of...

Imagery, visibility and disability

23 July, 2018

Written by Lizzie Kiama, Founding Director at This-Ability. She is based in Nairobi, Kenya.   Bodies are where we put our theories of social justice into practice. It therefore follows that the categories in which bodies are placed, willingly or unwillingly, need to be subject to careful critique. In a society driven by narrow, visual...

SRHR Voices from AIDS 2018

22 July, 2018

Reproductive Health Matters recently attended the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. The theme of AIDS 2018 is “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges”, drawing attention to the need of rights-based approaches to more effectively reach key populations. This year, the conference has also emphasized the need to join the SRHR and HIV response specifically. "Poor sexual...

Using Free Speech to Undermine Women’s Reproductive Health and Rights: A Brief Analysis of the Latest U.S. Supreme...

17 July, 2018

Written by Nina Sun, Global Advocacy Advisor at the Center for Reproductive Rights.   [caption id="attachment_2204" align="alignright" width="509"] © Luke Michael[/caption] Access to evidence-based, unbiased and scientifically accurate health information is one of the foundational pillars of medical ethics, as well as the right to health. While this is important in any interaction with the...

UN Poverty Report Hits the Mark on the USA but Almost Misses the Boat on Sexual and Reproductive Rights

12 July, 2018

Written by Cynthia Rothschild, a feminist activist and author who focuses on human rights, sexuality, gender and UN advocacy. She’s based in New York. [caption id="attachment_2186" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo credit: Poor People's Campaign[/caption] The United Nations’ leading expert on poverty recently issued a fiery report condemning poverty in the USA and the calculated decisions and...

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