Policy Briefs

US Policies Hinder Sex Workers’ Health, Rights

Posted on July 17, 2016

A new report released on the eve of the International AIDS Conference details how U.S. government policies not only hinder efforts to advance the health and rights of female sex workers globally but also prevents the U.S. government from realizing its own commitments in addressing the HIV epidemic.

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All Women, All Rights, Sex Workers Included:U.S. Foreign Assistance and SRHR of Female Sex Workers

Posted on July 17, 2016

This report provides an overview of best practices to advance the SRHR of FSWs, highlights some of the most urgent knowledge gaps that should be addressed by the international community, and assesses how U.S. foreign assistance can better conform with these best practices to support the SRHR of FSWs. The report also provides concrete recommendations on ways in which the U.S. government can and should take action, including supporting the decriminalization of sex work globally, eliminating the Anti-Prostitution Loyalty Oath (APLO) and the Helms Amendment, and ending the conflation of voluntary sex work and trafficking.

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Report Summary: The Right To Safe Motherhood

Posted on October 14, 2015

This report examines the causes of maternal death and disability, the obstacles to accessing proper care, the structures that keep women from exercising their rights, the global response, and the policy issues and challenges.

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The Right To Safe Motherhood

Posted on October 14, 2015

Opportunities and Challenges for Advancing Global Maternal Health in U.S. Foreign Assistance

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Women’s Rights at Home and Abroad: A Call to Action U.S. Civil Society Shadow Report on Beijing+20

Posted on September 27, 2015

NGO Report on Gaps in the Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in Response to the U.S. Government’s 2015 Report on U.S. activities related to the Twentieth Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the Adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and Addressing the Sustainable Development Goals and their Implementation in the United States and Globally

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Our Vision: Integrated Health Services For All Women and Girls, Everywhere

Posted on September 15, 2015

On June 15 and 16, 2015, 25 advocates from across sub-Saharan Africa and the United States came together to create an integrated prevention agenda for women by women. With an eye towards the large body of existing work on integration, the purpose of the meeting was to create a shared vision from advocates and providers across different fields and to acknowledge the multiple entry points for this work. This is our vision.

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Prevention Now: An Integration Agenda For Women, By Women

Posted on September 1, 2015

Imagine a world in which a woman can walk into one health clinic and have all of her health needs met, free of discrimination, financial barriers, or bureaucratic inefficiencies. Her needs may include family planning and contraception; STI diagnosis and treatment; HIV prevention, treatment, and care; maternity care; safe abortion; and gender-based violence prevention and care. These services are intimately connected in the lives of women and girls but are not always integrated at the service level. And, in order for access to integrated services to become a reality, advocacy strategies directed at policies, national processes, and funding must also be linked.

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Mainstreaming Female Condom Uptake: The U.S. Government’s Current and Potential Global Role

Posted on July 16, 2014

As a committed partner in the Life-Saving Commodities Commission and major procurer of female condoms for global distribution, the U.S. has a vested interest in making sure female condoms find widespread success. However, inadequate attention to investment in female condom programming creates a barrier to success.

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