Kenyan Parliament Candidate Overcame HIV Stigma to Fight for Women’s Rights

Inviolata

During Wangari Maathai’s Green Belt Movement in Kenya, a young Inviolata Mmbwavi stood by as the boys planted trees. Girls didn’t plant trees! Her mother thought, as did most Kenyan mothers at the time, that her daughter should be cooking. “You should be in the kitchen, you should be cleaning and scrubbing pots,” Mmbwavi remembers […]

HERvotes: America’s Supposed War on Religion and the Real War on Birth Control

Senator Marco Rubio

Last week, Sen. Ray Blunt (R-Mo.) sought to attach a conscience clause to a transportation bill in an effort to overturn the President’s birth control mandate. However, Democrats managed to block the amendment. Subsequently Blunt said he would “be back“ with the amendment in search of another bill to attach it to. You can read amendment’s full […]

Abstinence-Only: It’s Baaack

Sex ed

Reproductive-health experts breathed a sigh of relief in 2009 when President Barack Obama did away with over a decade of funding for abstinence-only funding under previous administrations (which had added up to more than $1.5 billion over ten years). But now, abstinence-only looks to be back on the conservative agenda. Under Bush, ab-only had become the norm […]