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7/29/2011 - House Bill Would Slash Foreign Family Planning, Reimpose Gag Rule
The House State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee voted to cut IFP funding by $154 million for FY2010 and expand the Global Gag Rule, banning funding for family planning programs in developing countries that counsel or provide information to women or advocate on a full range of options, including abortion....

7/11/2011 - UN Women Lacks Necessary Funding
Six months after the creation of UN Women (UNW), a special agency for women started by the United Nations, the agency lacks the voluntary funding necessary to complete its 2011-2013 Strategic Plan, to assist countries in achieving gender equality and women's empowerment. Initially, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had set a 500 million dollar target as an annual budget for UNW, but the agency has only received around 80 million dollars....

5/23/2011 - 16 Countries Commit to Reducing Maternal Mortality
Late last week, 16 countries (see list here), 9 of which are from the African continent, pledged their commitments to reducing maternal, newborn, and child mortality, as part of the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health....

12/3/2010 - Senate Takes Action Against Child Marriage
Late Wednesday night, the Senate voted unanimously to pass the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act....

11/23/2010 - Dr. Osotimehin Appointed Executive Director of UNPFA
Late last week, Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon appointed Dr....

11/8/2010 - Pope Benedict Denounces Abortion, Gay Marriage, and Secularization
Pope Benedict XVI ardently expressed his anti-abortion stance and defended the traditional family structure during his visit to the Spanish pilgrimage site, Santiago de Compostela late last week....

9/1/2010 - China Court to Hear Nation's First HIV Discrimination Case
The case of an unidentified prospective schoolteacher who was denied a job in China because he is HIV positive was the first case of HIV discrimination to be accepted in a Chinese court Monday....

8/27/2010 - Sri Lankan Woman Tortured by Employers in Saudi Arabia
A Sri Lankan woman, LP Ariyawathie, who worked in Saudi Arabia as a maid for a private residence was tortured by her employers....

8/24/2010 - Gang-Rape Used as Weapon of War in Congo
Rwandan and Congolese rebels reportedly gang-raped between 150 and 200 women and young boys during a raid of eastern villages in the Democratic Republic of Congo earlier this month, humanitarian aids in the region say....

7/20/2010 - Vaginal Gel May Defend Against HIV and Herpes
A new vaginal gel has been developed that appears to help reduce a woman's risk of acquiring HIV or herpes....

7/19/2010 - US Supports UN Recognition of Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
Fourteen members of Congress submitted a letter to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) last Thursday, urging them to recognize the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) as an accredited UN organization....

5/21/2010 - US State Department Appalled By Sentencing of Gay Malawian Couple
The US State Department released a statement yesterday condemning the sentencing of a gay Malawian couple to 14 years of hard labor....

5/12/2010 - Capps Introduces Maternal Health Bill
Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA) introduced the Improving Global Maternal and Newborn Health Outcomes while Maximizing Successes Act (Global MOMS Act) yesterday....

1/11/2010 - Clinton Speaks on Need for International Family Planning
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke Friday on the goals outlined at the 1995 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the conference....

1/5/2010 - US and South Korea End HIV Travel Ban
As of January 1st the HIV travel bans instituted in the United States and South Korea were lifted....

12/9/2009 - Anti-Gay Ugandan Bill Would Violate Human Rights
Ugandan legislators announced today that proposed legislation that would have imposed life imprisonment as the minimum sentence for being gay and would have allowed for the death penalty is being altered to remove both punishments, but still would introduce imprisonment and potentially counseling to reverse offenders' sexual orientation....

12/3/2009 - PEPFAR Five Year Strategy Announced
The State Department announced a new five-year strategy for the U.S....

12/1/2009 - Push For Access as an Human Right on 21st World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day was globally commemorated today with more than awareness events and free HIV testing sites....

11/17/2009 - Argentine Judge Approves First Gay Marriage in Latin America
Last week, an Argentinean Judge granted the first same sex marriage license in Latin America to two men, Jose Maria Di Bello and Alex Freyre....

11/10/2009 - WHO Report Reveals Health Disparities in Men and Women
A study released yesterday by the World Health Organization (WHO), found that the leading cause of death and disease among women in low and middle-income countries worldwide, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, is HIV/AIDS....

10/30/2009 - Experts Urge Russia to Change AIDS Policy
As Moscow hosts the Third Eastern Europe and Central Asia AIDS Conference (EECAAC), AIDS professionals have focused on the Russian Government’s failure to fund and promote effective HIV/AIDS prevention programs....

9/8/2009 - Berlin Conference Issues Call to Action
The NGO Forum on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Development held in Berlin last week issued a Berlin Call to Action urging immediate and international action to improve women's health and access to resources....

7/2/2009 - HHS Proposes Regulations to Eliminate HIV Travel Ban
The US Department of Health and Human Services has released proposed regulations that would repeal a ban preventing HIV-positive foreigners from entering the country....

6/29/2009 - HIV-Positive Namibian Women Suing Government for Forced Sterilization
At least fifteen HIV-positive women in Namibia who were forcibly sterilized are now suing the government....

3/18/2009 - Vatican Defends Pope's Remarks on Condoms and the AIDS Crisis
The Vatican is now defending comments made by Pope Benedict XVI indicating that condoms "increase the problem" of AIDS....