Here’s what we’ve been checking out online this week:
Italy has approved the use of the abortion drug RU-486, against the wishes of the Vatican.
A condom fashion show was put on by China’s largest condom manufacturer, Guilin Latex Factory, to promote the use of condoms in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The show displayed a variety of condoms weaved together to create wedding gowns, evening dresses, bikinis, hats, and lollipops.
The BBC reports on the disturbing trend of “corrective rape” in South Africa, in which lesbians are the primary targets of homophobic sexual assault and rape.
In China, lesbians are organizing an online petition calling for gay people to be allowed to donate blood. Citing higher rates of sexually transmitted infections in the gay population, the Chinese government made MSM and WSW people ineligible to donate blood in 1998.
IWHC online strategist Audacia Ray has been guest-blogging at Feministe. Check out her posts about her personal experience with international feminism and advocacy, the effects of changes to the abortion law in the Netherlands, and seven key sex worker advocacy projects in the U.S.
And on Akimbo:
We blogged about the inspirational work of Mukhtar Mai and what it means to speak up against rape in Pakistan.
We posted three mid-weeks links, to Audacia’s guest-blogs on Feministe, a new report from the Guttmacher Institute on maternal mortality in India, and the launch of Plural+, a youth video festival aimed at engaging young people in a dialogue about human rights, diversity and migration.
We recognized the one year anniversary of a meeting in Mexico City in which health and education ministers throughout Latin America and the Caribbean committed to investing in comprehensive sexuality education and increased access to health services as a foundation for curbing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS.
And last, but not least, we posted an action alert regarding health care reform in the United States, urging you to support access to comprehensive reproductive care and services for all women.