World Population Day: Who's Responsible for Youth Sexuality?

I know a funny little man,
As quiet as a mouse,
Who does the mischief that is done
In everybody’s house!
There’s no one ever sees his face,
And yet we all agree
That every plate we break was cracked
By Mr. Nobody.

The stanza above is from a children’s poem about a house where deeds are done, and important tasks left undone, but nobody is willing to claim responsibility. Whenever the topic of adolescent sexuality arises, I think about this poem.

World Population Day: The Importance of Protecting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

US Supreme Court Overturns the "Anti-prostitution Pledge"

In 2003, the Bush Administration enacted a law requiring nonprofits that receive federal funds to fight AIDS internationally to sign a statement publicly opposing sex work. On Thursday, a decade of advocacy challenging the provision yielded an enormous victory: the US Supreme Court struck down the infamous “anti-prostitution pledge.” In a 6-2 ruling, the policy was deemed to be in violation of the First Amendment.

A Senator in St. Lucia Argues for the Decriminalization of Prostitution

US Supreme Court Declares DOMA Unconstitutional

Today, we celebrate another historic sexual rights victory in the Western Hemisphere! In a 5-4 ruling, the US Supreme Court has declared that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.

Top 5 Blogs about LGBT Rights in 2012

Vinegar: a cleaner, a condiment, and a lifesaving tool

In Haiti, a common household item is saving women’s lives.

A mother of five, Emmanuela Joseph regularly visits the Profamil clinic in Port-au-Prince. A few months ago, a nurse explained that Profamil had a fast and accurate test to detect cervical cancer. Emmanuela agreed, and the test results showed precancerous lesions. That same day, she received treatment to remove the cancerous tissue.

World Cancer Day: Invest in Innovation That Saves Lives

Rights, Respect, and Responsibility: Amplifying Youth Advocacy in Grenada

To realize our full potential, young people need a guarantee of our human rights and the ability to be full participants in the global, regional, and national policies that affect our lives. That's why MYX, IPPF's global youth movement for sexual and reproductive rights, provided the IPPF/WHR Youth Network with the opportunity to not only learn about young women's empowerment in a two-part webinar series, but also provide members with the opportunity to apply for funds to amplify youth advocacy in their country.

A Young Woman's Vision for Global Development

Thank You for Cultivating the Leadership of Girls in Haiti

“Because we are young they think we are little kids. But we represent the future of the country. We have the right to speak and express our feelings.”

Fifteen-year-old Ester speaks with genuine emotion when she describes the impact the Haiti Adolescent Girls Network has had on her life. Like many girls living in Port-au-Prince, Ester survived the 2010 earthquake and seeks a way to create a better future for herself and her community. Unlike her peers, Ester is fortunate to still be permitted to attend school. Her dream is to become a doctor one day.

Ester’s Wish for the Safety of Girls in Haiti

A Young Woman's Vision for Global Development

At this year’s Women Deliver conference, youth leaders had the opportunity to share our vision and priorities for the future global development agenda.

The Bali Global Youth Declaration: For Young People, By Young People

Investigating Access to Emergency Contraception in Bogotá

The United States saw a recent victory for sexual and reproductive rights when a federal judge ordered the Food and Drug Administration to allow emergency contraception to be sold over-the-counter without age restrictions. This decision has the power to increase access to emergency contraception for all women in the US—but especially young women—by removing the requirement for a physician's prescription for girls 16 a

Emergency Contraception in the Caribbean

Politics, Sex, and Revolution: An Interview with Mariela Castro

Recognized internationally for her work in human rights, Mariela Castro promotes a different brand of socialism than that of her parents, who were key leaders during the Cuban Revolution. To Castro, all forms of discrimination—whether based on race, class, sexual orientation, or gender identity—must be tackled together in an inclusive and participatory movement for social change.


Brazilian Court Council Removes a Barrier to Same-Sex Marriage

Court Rules in Favor of Profamilia Campaign

Last week, the Catholic Church filed a legal complaint against Profamilia, our local partner in the Dominican Republic. Its claim was that Profamilia’s campaign on sexual and reproductive rights violated the Constitution. Today, the Fifth Civil and Commercial Chamber of the National District issued a ruling that rejected the Church’s complaint.

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