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Ireland passes its first abortion law

TweetTalk about baby steps (no pun intended). Not even a year ago,  Savita Halappanavar died after being refused a life-saving abortion in Ireland. Her story brought international attention to exactly how strict the staunchly Catholic nation’s abortion ban was. In 1992 the Supreme Court did rule that abortions were allowed in cases where the pregnancy was [...]
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Waiting for a revolution: Tackling homophobia in Cuba and beyond

TweetEd note: This is a guest post by Kelly Castagnaro, Communications Director at the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR). Only days before today, the International Day against Homophobia, a Russian man was beaten, mutilated, and murdered after revealing he was gay to two strangers.  His death reminded me of the many other deaths [...]
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World Bank: Gender norms are strikingly similar across cultures

TweetThe World Bank surveyed more than 4000 women, men, and children in 20 countries on social and gender norms last year. The results? We’re more similar than we are different. In one notable section of the study, The World Bank asked girls and boys to define what makes a “good” girl. Unsurprisingly, being helpful at [...]
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Kai Wright: The ability to kill Osama Bin Laden does not make America great

TweetThe last two days of media blitz about the Bin Laden assassination have been really difficult to watch. Regardless of the role of Bin Laden in horrific incidents like 9/11, I have not been able to rejoice in his death. I did not feel proud to be an American yesterday. Kai Wright at Colorlines summed [...]
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Conservative Opposition at UN Meeting on Women Reaches Fever Pitch

TweetLast weekend, I gave a speech at the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Young Feminist Leadership Conference about why U.S.-based feminists should care about international issues. I spoke about some of the challenges I see in getting domestic folks engaged globally. Some people may be unsure of the ways in which U.S. foreign policy affects the day-to-day [...]
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