Tag: Human Rights

7 Billion

Today, the world’s population hits 7 billion (well, not exactly today, but that’s as good an estimate as any). PSI, a leading global health organization, has extensive coverage of this milestone in their latest magazine. On their blog, you can…

Peace for women is world peace

The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize today was awarded to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, and Tawakkul Karman “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.” These women are three…

Goodbye, Rev. Shuttlesworth

October 5th was a rough day for civil rights leaders: Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, who not only helped establish and lead non-violent anti-segregation actions and the civil rights movement as we know it but also took the right to protest right…

Where Dark Tourism Meets Global Feminism

This is a guest post by Jessica Mack.
If you haven’t heard it before, you probably already know the concept. Dark tourism is what happens when former places of tragedy and horror become memorialized, then patronized by droves of tourists. Like Ground Zero in New York City, or Nelson Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island. It’s where dark memories, human curiosity, and capitalism mix.

UNITAID in Cameroon

Last week, I was in Cameroon with Cheryl Contee, Baratunde Thurston and Mark Goldberg, as part of a press group following UNITAID Chairman Dr. Philippe Douste-Blazy as he visited hospitals and clinics that served patients via UNITAID-funded programs. It was…

The Rights of Children – Yeah, I Went There

The U.N Convention on the Rights of the Child is the latest in a line of international agreements on the human rights of children and has been ratified by every member of the United Nations with the exception of Somalia and the United States. Somalia hasn’t refused to ratify the treaty, they’ve just not had the institutions in place to make treaty ratification a reality. In the US, the Convention has met staunch opposition from the right where opponents argue that it strips away parental rights, conflicts with the US Constitution and is generally bad news. So what does the heinous piece of international law say?

Kansas Should Serve as a Warning to Virginia Women

This is a guest post by Dr. James Kenley.
These regulations, which demanded precise sizes for janitorial closets, no-variance room temperatures, and other ridiculous requirements, were purportedly established to protect the health and safety of women, but in truth had one and only one purpose: to shut down the three existing abortion facilities in the state.

Recommended reading

E.J. Graff’s series on Slate about children who were “adopted” (quotes wholly deliberate for reasons which will be immediately clear from the article) from Sierra Leone is gut wrenching. Definitely worth reading.