The global epidemics fueled by the mosquito-born Zika virus, its potential correlation with microcephaly and the connection with abortion rights is one main headline in the sexual politics scenario of January 2016. And Brazil is at center of this crisis. To delve in the subject read Sonia Corrêa’s article.
Then good news in relation to the abortion frontline came from Africa, where the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights launched a campaign to decriminalize the termination of pregnancy.
In the US, Planned Parenthood has been cleared of accusations of selling human tissue, after covert videos released last year prompted the investigation. A Houston grand jury instead indicted the leader of an anti-abortion group that recorded the videos of the organization’s employees.
In the realm on intersexuality, in Chile, a groundbreaking decision is to be applauded. The Ministry of Health issued an ordinance to eradicate of medical interventions aimed at the ‘gender normalizing” of intersex infants and children.
In contrast in Indonesia, a backlash is underway that worsens the vulnerability of LGBT persons.
- The report Stand Up and Fight: Addressing Discrimination and Inequality in Solomon Islands which exposes the extent of discrimination and inequality experienced by groups including women; persons with disabilities; lesbian, gay and bisexual persons; and persons living with HIV in the country
- The LGBT Divide in California, a study by The Williams Institute, explores disparities in the socioeconomic well-being of LGBT people throughout California
- The new issue of Reproductive Health Matters that focuses on the theme “sexuality, sexual rights and sexual politics”
- Reality Check’s article “With Sex Workers Too, Rape Is Still Rape”
- Jadaliyya’s “How the West Undermined Women’s Rights in the Arab World”
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- Call for Applications – International Women’s Human Rights Education Institute & CEDAW for Change Institute
- Awid jobs and opportunities
- Check the newsletter of The International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion