My So-Called Sex Education

When it comes to sex education, I can’t really say much since I wasn’t taught anything besides what I learned in biology. My teacher talked about ovaries and sperm, but left out the process of sexual reproduction. There’s only so much a biology class could teach me, and it didn’t tell me about sexual urges, attraction, or needs.


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While waiting at a bus stop several years ago, I overheard a conversation between two teenage girls that left me dismayed and outraged. They jokingly shared stories about the weekend’s escapades and commiserated over having the same problem with their boyfriends – “forgetting” to use a condom during sex.


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Increasing Access to Care in Brazil

“The quality of care in the public health care system is very poor," said Neuci, a mother of two teenage daughters who lives in Cachoeirinha, Brazil. Cachoeirinha is a large favela located outside Rio de Janeiro. It is a neighborhood where poverty, violence, and drug use are rampant, and the rate of HIV/AIDS has soared.


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Sex and Sustainability Make Good Bedfellows

My interest in the connections between women’s rights and environmentalism comes from a place of self-interest. Since one lifetime isn’t long enough to take on two battles of such enormity, I’m glad these two important issues have intrinsic synergy. Empowering women supports healthier families and communities, and creates ripple effects that increase environmental sustainability.


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Placing the Needs of Youth at the Center of Health Care

If we got our hands on a magic wand, we would create more women like Dr. Angela Diaz. An internationally recognized leader in adolescent health care, Dr. Diaz has devoted much of her life to helping the most vulnerable teens. Having emigrated to the United States as a teenager herself, Angela relied on her intellect, tenacity, and strong community ties to lift her out of extreme poverty.


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The Promise for a Better Future

A concern for the health and well-being of women, families and communities runs deep in my veins. My grandmother, Margaret Sanger, was arrested in 1916 when she opened America’s first birth control clinic in Brooklyn. Moved by her experience as a nurse in New York’s crowded Lower East Side neighborhood, she was determined to alleviate the unnecessary suffering she saw day-in and day-out, suffering caused by the lack of information and services women needed to protect their health.


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Eliminate the Global Gag Rule—Permanently

Yesterday, Congresswoman Nita Lowey and 114 cosponsors introduced the Global Democracy Promotion Act in the US House of Representatives. If passed, the bill would help to stabilize the policy climate for organizations that provide sexual and reproductive health services worldwide by permanently eliminating the Global Gag Rule.


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A Lifetime of Struggle Against HIV/AIDS

When the first cases of AIDS were reported in the United States, medical anthropologist Richard Parker had just started a doctoral program at University of California, Berkeley. Soon after, he found himself in the epicenter of one of the world’s most devastating epidemics. The fortuity of being in that particular place in that moment in history changed his life irrevocably.


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Thank You for Lifting the Health Burden in Rural Dominican Republic

“If this project did not exist, there would be more women with cancer, more pregnant teenagers, more people with HIV.”

Leona Adolfo has worked as a nurse in Profamilia’s mobile health unit for more than three years. She travels to isolated communities throughout the Dominican Republic to ensure the most vulnerable have access to health care. In Abacao Batey, a community of mostly Haitian immigrants, more than 400 people live in wooden shacks without latrines.


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Thank You for Bringing Health Care to Street Youth in Peru

“We cannot develop as a country without addressing the poverty and discrimination that adolescents face.” - Giovanna Sofía Carrillo, Project Coordinator at INPPARES


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