Here’s what we’ve been checking out online this week:
The blog Five Rupees has an interesting post called Advertising Sexual And Reproductive Health In Pakistan: The Touch Condom Song, with a music video for the song in question.
The BBC reports on Indian sex workers in Tamil Nadu learning karate for self defense. The 45 second video is a must-see, partly because they’ve got a great solution to the issue of sex workers having their identities revealed in the media: everyone is wearing a Spider-man mask.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recently released a report, Preventing HIV With Young People: The Key to Tackling the Epidemic, which you can download as a PDF by clicking here.
William Smith, Vice President for Public Policy at SIECUS reports on the unequivocal support for comprehensive sexuality education among governments in Latin America and the Caribbean in his RH Reality Check post Taking Sex Ed Seriously: Lessons From Southern Neighbors
And on Akimbo:
On Monday, we blogged about Igniting Change, an annual conference that the National Council for Research on Women organizes.
Mahmoud Fahmy Fathalla, a member of IWHC’s Board of Directors for 8 years and a major inspiration for many IWHC staff members, won a UN Population Award.
Our Brazilian colleague Kenarik Boujikian Felippe wrote about a new bill passed by the Brazilian House of Representatives that recognizes the right of incarcerated adolescents to conjugal visits and allows babies up to three years old to stay with their mothers in the prison facilities.
We asked that people take action to support the State Department Reauthorization Bill, and thanks to your action- and the actions of many- the next day we were happy to report that the House of Representatives passed legislation to empower girls worldwide against child marriage and permanently establish an Office of Global Women’s Issues.
We posted an 8 minute video of Mozambiquen women’s rights activist Graça Machel and IWHC Board Chair Brian Brink (above) discussing actions that individuals, organizations like IWHC, and governments can take on behalf of girls and women worldwide.
And last but not least, IWHC staffer Jen Wilen blogged about the connection between the case of a HIV positive Camerounian woman incarcerated in Maine and how HIV is treated politically in her native country.