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logo_trainingspw_2012NEW! As announced here, from August 23rd to 27th a second round of the Sexuality Research and Political Change Training Program was held in Buenos Aires immediately before the 9th IASSCS Conference. Check the album of workshop pictures.
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From March 18th to 22th, 2012 SPW organized the Sexuality and change – a new training program, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This was the first training program offered by SPW and this initiative prompted participants to examine how theory, research and policy can shape meaningful social change. Read the training report.
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WE RECOMMEND

NEW! Read the final publication of the EROTICS: sex, rights and the internet projetc here.
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ead Ryan Richard Thoreson's article (Troubling the waters of a ‘wave of homophobia’: Political economies of anti-queer animus in sub-Saharan Africa) about the debate over Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill in 2009 and 2010, when journalists and activists warned of a ‘wave of homophobia’ in sub-Saharan Africa. In this article, the author illustrates how this trope elides critical differences between contemporaneous incidents. It also suggests that forms of anti-queer animus instead might be understood as the products of political economies. Click here to read it
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SPW recommends Scott Long's article about World Bank delaying a schedule loan to Uganda aimed at improving health care. The delaying was motivated by the approval of the "Anti-Homossexuality Bill". Scott reflects on the role of the World Bank in the developing world for the years. Click here to read it.
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Pambazuka News 667 comes with a special issue on “The struggles for homosexual rights in Africa”, which brings analyzes from a African perspective of the recent events regarding LGBT people rights. Click here to read it.
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Our publications

preservativo_feminino_capaABIA/SPW, NEPO and UNFPA launched Preservativo feminino - das políticas globais à realidade brasileira (Female condom – from global policies to the Brazilian reality), on the female condom in the local and global contexts, and its meaning for the exercise of sexual and reproductive rights of women. linha1

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AROUND THE WORLD

NEW! Nigerian Senate has passed the HIV Bill 2013, which stipulates that every person living HIV and AIDS shall be assured of freedom from unlawful termination of his or her employment by reason of his or her status. The decision comes months later after Nigerian state approval of a law that punishes same sex marriage and  prohibits public expression of affection among these. Sexual Rights Coalition commend the HIV Bill and expressed the will for a harmonized approach between the laws regarding intersectionality of human rights. Click here to read the statement.
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SPW is gathering news, results and assessments from the 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD)Click here to read some of them.
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The Philippines Supreme Court upheld a family planning law but ruled out provisions to punish health workers who do not inform people about contraceptive options. Read more on Reuters and on former lawmaker Edcel C. Lagman's article.linha
In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of India allowed a transgender people to identify as a third gender and directed the central and state governments to give full legal recognition to them. Click here to learn more.
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AROUND THE WEB

NEW! New GenderIT.org edition highlights "Back and forth in the advancement of women's rights at CSW58". Click here to read it.
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The Guardian
brings information on the dissemination of rape as a practice used by Egyptian police against arrested dissidents. Read more.
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The Nation
brings an article about the role of American Christian organizations in triggering anti-LGBT laws at African countries. Click here.
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Read Scott Long's article about privacy of human rights activists. Click here.
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Read The Guardian's article about the case of a Brazilian women taken by police to have a cesarean, despite her will to have a vaginal birth. Here.
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Mother Jones brings an article about women's role in Rwanda, two decades after the genocide that killed 800.ooo people. Today, women represents two-thirds of the country's population and are helping to lead its reconstruction. Click here to read it.
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