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7/5/2007 - Laura Bush Rebukes Husband on Abstinence Only Requirement
First Lady Laura Bush revealed recently that, while she believes that abstinence education is an important component of HIV prevention efforts, she would be supportive of waiving the earmark mandating that 33 percent of US prevention funds be spent of abstinence-only programs....

6/27/2007 - Today is National HIV Testing Day; Infection Rates among Women on the Rise
Today marks the 15th annual National HIV Testing Day, organized by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA)....

5/1/2007 - Bush's Chief for USAID, HIV Prevention Resigns Over Sex Scandal
Randall Tobias, Director of US Foreign Assistance and Adminstrator of the Agency for International Development (USAID), has resigned after admitting that he had used a DC escort service....

4/25/2007 - Family Planning Advocates Delay Proposed World Bank Policy Changes on Reproductive Health
The World Bank Board of Directors opted to defer a decision on changing its Strategy for Health, Nutrition, and Population after representatives from several European countries voiced objections to the proposals....

3/8/2007 - Young Girls Speak, are Focus of 51st Meeting on Status of Women
Over 6,000 women and men from around the world gathered in New York for the 51st annual meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women....

3/7/2007 - House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Global AIDS Program, Focuses on Gender
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Other Programs held a hearing last week on US programs to combat HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) across the world....

1/25/2007 - House Challenges Global Gag Rule
On Monday, the sixth anniversary of President Bush's 2001 reinstatement of the "global gag rule," a bipartisan coalition in the House led by Representatives Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Christopher Shays (R-CT) reintroduced a bill to overturn the policy....

1/9/2007 - Women and Africa, Paramount for New Female Director-General of WHO
Margaret Chan, the newly-elected Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO), recently announced an agenda for her term centered around women�s health....

12/6/2006 - Governments Worldwide Pledge More Support for Microbicides
Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, and Sweden have all pledged to increase funding for the development of microbicides that can reduce or eliminate the transmission of HIV....

12/1/2006 - Clinton Announces Plan for Children with HIV/AIDS
Former President Bill Clinton announced yesterday that his charitable foundation has successfully negotiated a deal with two Indian drug companies that will dramatically reduce the cost of treating children with HIV/AIDS....

11/29/2006 - Christian Coalition Ousts President-Elect for New Vision
Reverend Joel Hunter, who was set to take over as president of the Christian Coalition in 2007, announced yesterday that he is stepping down because of differences in opinion as to the direction of the group....

11/22/2006 - WHO Panel Discusses Global State of Reproductive, Sexual Health
The World Health Organization (WHO) sponsored a news conference last week at the National Press Club to bring attention to the declining status of sexual and reproductive health in the global development agenda....

11/15/2006 - Clerics Meet to Combat Social and Development Problems in Africa
Muslim clerics from 25 African countries are meeting in Zanzibar, Tanzania for a five-day conference held by the Network of African Islamic Organizations on Population and Development....

11/13/2006 - High Level Panel Approves UN Agency For Women Proposal
A United Nations (UN) panel endorsed a suggestion by Stephen Lewis, the UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, to create an agency that focuses solely on women....

11/3/2006 - NGOs Address HIV-Positive Street Children in Senegal, Zambia
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are revealing and attempting to address the growing problem of HIV-positive street children in Senegal and Zambia....

10/10/2006 - Botswana Government Promotes Female Condom
In an effort to promote safe sex and reduce the infection rate of HIV, the Botswana government has launched an initiative to promote the female condom....

9/21/2006 - President Bush De-funds UNFPA for Fifth Year
President Bush announced on Friday that he is withholding the $34 million Congress had allotted for UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund....

6/28/2006 - New HIV/AIDS Bill Proposes Changes to PEPFAR
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) has proposed a bill that would require all HIV programs funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to address the rapid spread of infection among women and young people....

6/7/2006 - UN Declaration on HIV/AIDS Addresses Feminization of the Epidemic
After some concern that the United Nations High-Level Meeting on AIDS, held last week in New York City, would not address the importance of empowering women and girls in the fight to stem the AIDS pandemic, the Political Declaration agreed upon explicitly confronts the issue several times....

5/25/2006 - AIDS Policy Anti-Prostitution Requirement Ruled Illegal
In a victory for international HIV/AIDS prevention work, two federal courts have ruled that the US government's requirement that US groups condemn prostitution in order to receive US funds is a violation of the First Amendment....

5/24/2006 - HIV/AIDS Activists Put Focus on Feminization of Epidemic
HIV/AIDS activists and advocacy groups held a press conference yesterday to draw attention to the feminization of the global epidemic prior to a review of global AIDS policy by the United Nations at the end of the month....

5/2/2006 - Vatican Considers Allowing Condoms to Prevent HIV in Marriage
The Catholic Church, which has opposed the use of condoms for contraceptive or safe-sex purposes, is now considering endorsing their use by married couples in which one partner has HIV/AIDS....

3/28/2006 - Rhode Island Blocks Abstinence-Only Programs
The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) recently instructed all public school districts to stop using a federally funded abstinence-only sex education program called "Right Time, Right Place," which was developed by Heritage of Rhode Island and was taught in two school districts last year....

2/16/2006 - Bush Administration's Proposed Budget Slashes International Family Planning Funds
Despite claims that President Bush believes family planning services are the best way to reduce abortions, his proposed budget would cut aid for international family planning by eighteen percent....

1/20/2006 - Leading NGOs Concerned over Bush's Nominee to Head USAID
Two leading health advocacy groups have announced their concern over the Bush administration's nomination of Randall Tobias to lead the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to replace Andrew Natsios, a Massachusetts Republican....