Quickhit: Christmas + Ghana = Sexism?

*** Editor’s Note: Original image was removed by BBC. The initial photograph had a Ghanaian woman with her butt drawn so big it was holding a tray of several alcoholic beverages. On top of that, there was a man standing behind her with both hands pressed against her butt. We are glad that BBC decided to take swift action in erasing this clearly sexist photograph.
What was BBC thinking when they thought that this photograph would be appropriate to describe how Ghanaians celebrate Christmas?
It is true that sexism is everywhere. But why would BBC use coverage of holiday celebrations all over Africa to spotlight a sexist mural in Ghana? This abhorrent scrawling doesn’t even have anything to do ...

*** Editor’s Note: Original image was removed by BBC. The initial photograph had a Ghanaian woman with her butt drawn so big it was holding a tray of several alcoholic beverages. On top of that, there was ...

U.K. throws young, poor women under the bus.

I am beyond dubious about this new UK study that links “cervical cancer” to early sex.

Study leader, Dr Silvia Franceschi, said the findings were not restricted to adolescence and the risk of cervical cancer was also higher in women who had their first sexual intercourse at 20 rather than 25 years.
“In our study, poorer women had become sexually active on average four years earlier.
“So they may have also been infected with HPV earlier, giving the virus more time to produce the long sequence of events that are needed for cancer development.”

The thing they don’t mention in this article as they bash poor women for giving up the goods too soon is: some parts of U.K. don’t offer ...

I am beyond dubious about this new UK study that links “cervical cancer” to early sex.

Study leader, Dr Silvia Franceschi, said the findings were not restricted to adolescence and the risk of cervical cancer was also ...

Ann Nixon Cooper Dies at 107.


Ann Nixon Cooper lived to see the end of segregation, the rise of MLK and then cast her vote for Obama. She died today. Obama spoke of her in his election night speech calling her the “heartbreak and hope” of the last century. From Obama’s speech:

This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one thats on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. Shes a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing – Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.
She was born just a generation past slavery; a ...


Ann Nixon Cooper lived to see the end of segregation, the rise of MLK and then cast her vote for Obama. She died today. Obama spoke of her in his election night speech calling her ...

Top Ten Wins for Women in 2009


Protesters at a May 6, 2009 rally in the Dominican Republic against Article 30, a proposed constitutional provision that threatened to severely restrict reproductive health access. Although the provision eventually passed, extraordinary women-led efforts made opposition known publicly and drew international attention.

Photo by Lorena Espinoza Peña, courtesy of IWHC.

Sometimes, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the bad news about women’s issues we hear on a daily basis. From large to small, this past year has definitely seen its share of setbacks and sorrows. But 2009 has also been a year of victories and successes, progress and growth for women and women’s movements internationally.
The non-profit I work with, the International Women’s Health Coalition, ...


Protesters at a May 6, 2009 rally in the Dominican Republic against Article 30, a proposed constitutional provision that threatened to severely restrict reproductive health access. Although the provision eventually passed, extraordinary women-led efforts made opposition ...

The Great American Condom Campaign


Advocates for Youth has a great yearly campaign to distribute condoms to young people around the country, but they need you!

Advocates for Youth is excited to announce SafeSite applications for the Great American Condom Campaign are now open! The GACC is a youth-led grassroots movement to make the United States a sexually healthy nation. To do this, college students apply to become SafeSites, or individual condom distribution points. Once selected, SafeSites receive a free box of 500 Trojan condoms to distribute to their peers. For more information or to apply, go here. Applications close January 3, 2010.


Advocates for Youth has a great yearly campaign to distribute condoms to young people around the country, but they need you!

Advocates for Youth is excited to announce SafeSite applications for the Great American Condom Campaign ...

What We Missed

Mexico City just became the first in Latin America to approve same-sex marriage.
More responses to the abortion compromise in the Senate bill, from RH Reality Check and Cynthia Nixon.
Jill from Feministe gives her thoughts on the health care reform bill–and argues we can’t afford to kill it.
In the spending bill that Obama signed into law last week was also a provision “prohibiting defense contractors from restricting their employees’ abilities to take workplace discrimination, battery, and sexual assault cases to court. The measure was inspired by Jamie Leigh Jones, who was gang-raped by her co-workers while working for Halliburton/KBR in Baghdad.” Via Think Progress
A new order from the head general in ...

Mexico City just became the first in Latin America to approve same-sex marriage.
More responses to the abortion compromise in the Senate bill, from RH Reality Check and Cynthia Nixon.
Jill from Feministe gives ...

Comprehensive Immigration Reform introduced last week in the House

You may have missed it amidst all the news about the health care reform debacle, but quite a bit has happened in the past week about immigration reform. Here is a quick round up of what’s been going on on immigration.
It’s long been said that once health care reform was dealt with, immigration would be the next big issue to tackle. Folks have also predicted that the fight for immigration reform will be even more difficult than health care (hard to fathom). The Obama Administration had made promises to tackle the issue this year.
Representative Gutierrez introduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill last week in the House of Representatives.
Others are claiming that the bill is DOA (dead ...

You may have missed it amidst all the news about the health care reform debacle, but quite a bit has happened in the past week about immigration reform. Here is a quick round up of what’s been ...

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