The Unfinished Cairo Agenda: Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health for All
The international community faces a historic opportunity. Nearly 20 years ago, in 1994, 179 nations committed to protect the reproductive health and rights of women and girls at the landmark UN International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo. Those basic rights, which include the ability to make free and informed decisions about one's body, health, relationships, marriage and childbearing, form the cornerstone of efforts to protect human dignity and promote the sustainable development of our planet. Twenty years later, a major UN review of progress toward those commitments gives us the chance to ask, "Has life really changed for women and girls?"
Speaking Out Against Child Marriage: “We Can End Child Marriage, and We Can End it in a Generation”
Around the world today, approximately 400 million women were married as children. This practice is particularly prevalent in certain parts of Africa. Child marriage has been missing from international development agendas. The time is ripe for that to change.MORE
Has the LGBT Movement Failed in Uganda?
The author of this opinion article argues that rather than continuing to operate on an exclusive basis, the LGBT movement in Uganda should strive to nurture a multivariate movement for social justice, creating a multi-normative society for their safety and the peaceful coexistence of future generations.MORE
This report highlights key findings from the 2011-2012 HIV and AIDS Global Progress Survey as well as other recent research, to provide a picture of how countries' education sectors are responding to the challenges of HIV and AIDS, what progress has been made since 2004, as well as to point out the main policy implications of the current situation. download
A Promise To Keep: Supporting Out-Of-School Adolescent Girls to Reach Their Potential
This policy brief is based on a study initiated to broaden understanding about the reality, needs and concerns of out of school adolescent girls, as foundation for evidence- based advocacy and intervention planning for the education, health, safety and livelihood of marginalized girls in Lagos, and similar poor and socially disadvantaged communities in Nigeria.
Resilience Amidst Adversity: Being Gay and African in the New Century
This report gives an overview of what it means to be gay and African in the early part of the 21st century. The report shows that sexual orientation and gender identity are important parts of the broader human rights agenda, and that the African LGBTI community is producing human rights 'warriors' who play a significant role in the battle to develop LGBTI and human rights on the continent.download
"I Will Never Be Cut": Kenyan Girls Fight Back Against Genital Mutilation