Posts Tagged global

The Savita Effect? How abortion policies really get liberalized

Ed. note: This is a guest post from Grace Wilentz. Grace is a feminist activist and writer based in Dublin, Ireland. She is also a member of the South-based feminist alliance RESURJ: Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice. View previous  coverage of Savita Halappanavar and abortion in Ireland here

At the start of this year, a new law went into effect in Ireland, signaling a small but significant change for access to safe abortion services in Ireland. Before introduction of the law, Ireland had no practicable framework for accessing safe and legal abortions, making these services virtually unobtainable. Introduction of the law was widely reported, particularly in international media, as a reaction by the government to ...

Ed. note: This is a guest post from Grace Wilentz. Grace is a feminist activist and writer based in Dublin, Ireland. She is also a member of the South-based feminist alliance RESURJ: Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice. View ...

Brush up on your knowledge of female condoms in honor of Global Female Condom Day

Today is Global Female Condom* Day. In honor of this day, brush up on your knowledge of female condoms by attending a Google Hangout happening right now hosted by Google and Planned Parenthood and featuring experts from a ton of organizations including PATH, Pathfinder, AVAC, CHANGE, the National Female Condom Coalition and The Red Pump Project (a U.S. organization focused on African American women and HIV prevention). They are covering everything you could possibly want to know about the female condom including:

•Advocacy: How reproductive health clinic closures in the US affect access to female condoms
•HIV: Female Condoms as critical to stemming HIV in women
•Innovation: The future of female condoms

Tune in now!

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Today is Global Female Condom* Day. In honor of this day, brush up on your knowledge of female condoms by attending a Google Hangout happening right now hosted by Google and Planned Parenthood ...

Feminist activists’ headquarters burns down after group received “burn witches” threat

The Paris Headquarters of controversial topless feminist group FEMEN burned down over the weekend, and while police are calling the fire “accidental,” my feminist spidey sense is saying otherwise. The group is claiming that they’ve been a victim of arson, a not-impossible prospect considering that a) they receive death threats every day, and b) the day before the fire broke out they received a message that said “burn witches”. Thankfully, no one was hurt in the fire.

The group has previously stated that their key goal is “to end patriarchy, to destroy it,” and that “patriarchy as we perceive it will no longer exist.” I can see why this would be a troubling goal to some feminist haters. The sad reality is that ...

The Paris Headquarters of controversial topless feminist group FEMEN burned down over the weekend, and while police are calling the fire “accidental,” my feminist spidey sense is saying otherwise. The group is claiming that they’ve been a victim ...

New UNICEF report shows slow but clear decline in female genital mutilation/cutting

 

Yesterday UNICEF released a  new report on female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) showing that, while millions of girls are still at risk, the dangerous centuries-old tradition is now on a slow but steady decline in key areas around the world.

In some sense this isn’t hard news; we reported last February that FGM/C was on the decline in Africa, where over 8,000 communities have renounced the practice. But to see this trend picking up worldwide is heartening.

On the other hand, I couldn’t help but feel that the real “news” of the report is that, despite a sharp decline in FGM/C in numerous countries, in 2013 there are still so many countries where the FGM/C prevalance rate is over 90%. The most recent numbers ...

 

Yesterday UNICEF released a  new report on female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) showing that, while millions of girls are still at risk, the dangerous centuries-old tradition is now on a slow but steady decline in key areas ...