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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....

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....

1/20/2006 - Anti-HIV Gel May Empower Women in the Fight Against AIDS
The FDA has put an anti-HIV vaginal gel called VivaGel on the fast track for approval....

12/6/2005 - Young Women Have Highest Risk of HIV/AIDS
A new report from the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) of South Africa reports that 16.9 percent of young women in 2005 were infected with HIV/AIDS, a jump from a rate of 12 percent in 2002....

11/30/2005 - 90 Million Girls Worldwide Lack Primary School Education
Nearly 115 million children lack primary education, and 90 million of those children are girls, according to a report entitled "Gender Achievements and Progress in Education" (GAP), which was presented at the global advisory committee of the United Nations Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI)....

11/30/2005 - AIDS Funding to be Subject to Global Gag Rule
The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) has charged the Bush Administration with secretly undermining the effort to fight HIV/AIDS by subjecting US AIDS funding to the Global Gag Rule....

9/7/2005 - Condom Shortage a Crisis in Uganda
Uganda, often cited as a positive story in the battle against HIV/AIDS due to dropping rates of infection, has restricted the availability of condoms, creating a crisis situation that is putting many lives at risk, particularly those of adolescents and young adults....

8/17/2005 - Nonprofit Sues US Government for Basing Grants on Opposition to Prostitution
DKT International, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent HIV/AIDS worldwide, has sued the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for its retraction of a grant when DKT refused to sign a pledge opposing sex work....

6/30/2005 - Zambia Food Rations to be Cut by World Food Program
The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) might be forced to cut food rations and the number of people being fed in Zambia next month due to lack of funding....

6/27/2005 - Ashley Judd Connects HIV/AIDS Prevention to Women's Empowerment
Ashley Judd, a well-known actor and feminist activist, testified at a recent Congressional hearing on the urgent need to address issues of gender equality in the fight against HIV/AIDS in developing countries....

5/6/2005 - Brazil Takes a Stand Against US AIDS Policy
Brazil declined $40 million of US funds to fight AIDS, making it the first country to take a stand against the Bush Administration's AIDS policy requiring recipients to sign a pledge opposing prostitution....

4/7/2005 - Almost Half of All Pregnant Women in Swaziland Have HIV
A new survey shows that 42.6 percent of pregnant women in Swaziland have contracted HIV/AIDS....

4/1/2005 - Rights Group Accuse US of Jeopardizing Uganda's Fight Against AIDS
Current US abstinence-only programs are reversing the gains made by Uganda in their fight against AIDS, a leading human rights organization said in a new report issued this week....

2/14/2005 - February 14 Marks Condom Awareness Week: Global Shortage Still Prevalent
Today marks the first day of National Condom Week of Action....

2/4/2005 - Tanzanian Coalition Formed to Fight FGM
Seven Tanzanian organizations have formed a coalition to fight female genital mutilation (FGM), a practice that affects nearly 90 million African women and is widespread in Tanzania....

1/25/2005 - Male Dominance Has Led to World's Highest Rate of HIV in Swaziland
Experts are pointing to polygamy, rape, sexual violence, and legal exploitation as the main causes why Swaziland, an African country that borders South Africa, has the world's highest HIV infection rate (39 percent)....

1/21/2005 - Spanish Church Retreats from Support of Condoms to Prevent AIDS
After a spokesperson for the Roman Catholic Church in Spain for the first time expressed support of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, Spain's bishops retracted the statement....

1/12/2005 - Senator Clinton Critical of Bush Policies on Abstinence and Reproductive Health
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) criticized the Bush administration for putting too much emphasis on abstinence in the fight against HIV/AIDS and restricting women's access to reproductive health services in developing countries in a recent address to the International Women's Health Coalition....

12/16/2004 - US Denies Funds That Could Stem Child Marriage
The Bush Administration's withdrawal of funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has negative consequence for the battle against child marriage....