By Heather Sayette and Paulina Ponce
Abortion rights campaigns in Latin America have the potential to profoundly transform women’s health across the region.
Ecuador is a country of vibrant change. In the last five years, it has experienced sustained debate and profound transformations in relation to sexual and reproductive health and rights. As Argentina celebrates the legalization of abortion — after a decades-long push — there will undoubtedly be regional repercussions.
By Jordyn Warren
In the fight to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic, our most precious resource is information.
Information I didn’t have four years ago, when I was on the other side of the world, sick for months at a time without a clue about what was happening to me. I was living in Australia at the time, and it wasn’t until I went back to the U.S. that I went to a doctor for answers.
I went to my local Planned Parenthood health center in Allentown, PA, because when you need information, that’s just where you go. During my appointment…
By Stephen Chikwa, International Youth Alliance for Family Planning, Zambia
Trump’s global gag rule leaves youth in the dark by cutting sex education. As a peer educator, I demand that the global gag rule comes to an end.
I am a country coordinator alum with the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning in Livingstone, Zambia. It is my dream to provide inclusive, comprehensive sexual education for all young people in my community because I know that if we as youth educators do not provide this information, no one else will. But this dream is facing some challenges.
Since U.S. President…
By Chloë Cooney and Caitlin Horrigan
Earlier this year, the global health community waited with tense anticipation for the results of the ECHO (Evidence for Contraceptive Options in HIV Outcomes) study. The clinical trial sought to determine what, if any, relationship exists between hormonal contraception use and HIV risk — a potentially terrifying thought given the high rates of HIV, unintended pregnancy, and maternal mortality in young women around the world. …
I am Joan. I’m 25 years old. My story started in 2016 when I left my village in central Uganda for school. My uncle came with me from the village and I started staying with him. But after some time, he started using me. He used me four times, and it was actually that fourth time I missed my period. I went to a small clinic to check myself — they told me, “You are pregnant.”
Fingers wrapped around a plastic ballpoint pen, Joan’s hands rest on her lap. She wears unassuming grays — a gray hoodie, a gray dress…
By Joseph Kalibbala
My aunt, my mom’s sister, was diagnosed with HIV in 2013 when she was staying in Butambala, a village in central Uganda. Her life was okay, she was still strong. But in late 2014, her health started to deteriorate. She started having rashes on her skin, and whenever she walked out to the shops and market, no one wanted to serve her. People would call her names and talk behind her back. She was embarrassed and afraid, so she stayed home.
Staying home had major consequences on her health. She developed opportunistic infections including diarrhea, which led…
Tarcila Rivera Zea Reflects on the Constant Fight for Indigenous Women’s Rights
By Navjot Singh
“Being a poor, indigenous woman who could not fully speak the language in a city hospital was a horrible experience,” says Tarcila, wearing a traditional Quechua style hat with colorful roses on the brim.
Tarcila Rivera Zea is a Quechua activist from Perú and the executive director of Chirapaq, whose mission is to defend and preserve the rights of Perúvian indigenous peoples and cultures. …
By Chloë Cooney
What price can you put on the life of a girl?
Yesterday, the Trump administration put politics over facts — as well as women’s health — when it issued a negative Kemp-Kasten Amendment determination on the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), paving the way to cut U.S. funding to the vital UN agency. The amendment itself is intended to prevent coercive reproductive health care practices, a goal all human rights defenders should share. However, it has instead been incorrectly invoked under the current, as well as in former anti-women’s health administrations, to eliminate U.S. …
By Jeanne Hefez
During his campaign to become president of the United States, Donald Trump stated that he would “punish” women for seeking abortion care, presaging a frightening future for American women. But for women in Senegal, where abortion is already a crime and you can be thrown in jail for pregnancy outcomes such as having a miscarriage, such conditions are already a reality. Much has transpired since Donald Trump made that campaign promise, including a Women’s March in which millions of people in the U.S. and around the world took to the streets in protest of the Trump administration…
This week the international community gathers for the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. We hope they won’t forget the 380,000¹ adolescent girls and young women infected with HIV globally each year. Girls and young women account for 71 percent of new HIV infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. Here in South Africa, over 17% of women aged 20–24 years old are infected. It is clear that we cannot achieve an AIDS-free generation if women and girls are left behind.
Health has no borders.