16 Days: The Integration of HIV and Gender-based Violence

While the number of new HIV infections has stabilized in recent years, in many parts of the world, women and girls continue to bear a disproportionate burden of the pandemic. In the Caribbean, for example, women account for more than half of people living with HIV, and young women are twice as likely to be HIV positive as young men.


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16 Days: Challenge Gender-based Violence Using Comprehensive Sexuality Education

A big perk of my job is that I get to talk a lot about sex and sexuality education to a variety of audiences. When you ask the average person (someone who doesn’t talk about sex all day) what “sex ed” is, they probably think of the classic drawing of a uterus, explanations of where babies come from, and maybe a condom demonstration on a banana. Or worse, they think of the ineffective and unscientific abstinence-only programs that are a legacy of the previous U.S. administration.


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16 Days: Does Legal Abortion in the Case of Sexual Violence Meet the Needs of Adolescents?

BBB's Wise Giving Alliance: "Give With Confidence" to IPPF/WHR

The Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance published a full-page advertisement in yesterday's USA Today listing all of the charities that earned its Wise Giving Charity Seal as a BBB Accredited Charity in 2011.


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16 Days: Does Legal Abortion in the Case of Sexual Violence Meet the Needs of Adolescents?

During the course of my work supporting the expansion and strengthening of abortion services for young women in Latin America and the Caribbean, I have visited many countries where abortion is permitted in only limited circumstances. One such circumstance is when a woman is the victim of sexual assault. In the case of sexual violence, it is necessary to ensure that women are able to receive the services they are legally entitled to, but are often unable to access.


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16 Days: Sugeri’s Story of Survival

16 Days: Sugeri’s Story of Survival

“I have a strong character – when something bothers me, I have to say [something].” said Sugeri. “At home I wasn’t able to speak up. And I knew I wouldn’t be able to get out of there on my own.”

Home should be a place where everyone feels safe from harm, where family members feel comfortable communicating freely. But for women like Sugeri, a 31-year-old mother of two living in Santo Domingo, home was where she felt the most in danger.  


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16 Days: ¡Basta! Women Say No to Violence

16 Days: ¡Basta! Women Say No to Violence

Gender-based violence includes any act or threat of physical, sexual, or psychological aggression against a woman. According to the World Health Organization, 1 out of every 4 women reports having been subjected to gender-based violence by an intimate partner. Considering the harmful effects it can have on a woman’s sexual and reproductive health, IPPF/WHR developed a regional project to combat gender-based violence in Latin America and the Caribbean. One result was ¡Basta!


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16 Days: The War We Are Living

16 Days: The War We Are Living

The theme of this year's 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let's Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women. Militarism is defined by the 16 Days campaign as "an ideology that creates a culture of fear and supports the use of violence, aggression, or military interventions for settling disputes and enforcing economic and political interests." Militarism often has grave consequences for the safety and security of women, who are subjected


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16 Days: Profamil Confronts Gender-based Violence in Haiti

News from the Region

Below are news stories, blog posts, and other resources released this week regarding sexual and reproductive health Latin America, North America, and the Caribbean:

Profamilia promueve el disfrute de la sexualidad en la Menopausia | Vanguardia

The Bishops and ‘Liberty’ | New York Times

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

16 Days: Profamil Confronts Gender-based Violence in Haiti

In this audio interview IPPF/WHR Senior Program Advisor, Lucella Campbell, explains the process that Profamil, our Member Association in Haiti, went through to implement programs to combat gender-based violence (GBV). Lucella explains what Profamil is doing today and what they need to ensure their GBV programs reach all who need them.

[Image: Clients wait to be seen at PROFAMIL's newest clinic in Port-au-Prince]


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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

Gender-based violence is endemic in many countries; however, reliable data on the overall prevalence of gender-based violence is scarce.


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