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    • Advocacy for safe, legal abortion
      In a world where girls and women are denied the right to choose whether and when to have children, the alternative to safe, legal abortion is unsafe and illegal abortion. Advocating for the rights and services to which most governments and international bodies have committed themselves is a way to save lives and prevent suffering. Share your experiences of dealing with these issues in this discussion forum. Log in to post or add a topic.
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    • 10 months ago

       Charmaine Picardo

    • Condoms in schools
      Everyone seems to agree on the need to prevent unwanted and early pregnancies. However, when it comes to practical support for young people as they become sexually active, there is often denial and controversy. This is especially so with the question of condoms in schools. Several studies have shown that access to free contraception reduces teen birth rates but research published in 2016 found that distributing condoms without counselling scholars about their use led to increased planned pregnancy. Share your views here.
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    • 1 year, 3 months ago

      admin admin

    • Cyber-sex, cyber-porn, cyber-bullies
      Access to digital media makes it easier to communicate and easier to learn. It also makes it easier to find and share explicit sexual material. Pornography can be downloaded in seconds and have a lasting influence on a person's ideas and expectations about sex and relationships. A study conducted in Australia recently found that girls and young women feel increasingly pressurised and bullied into engaging in sexual acts by boys whose exposure to porn makes them think female bodies exist solely for their enjoyment. Is access to porn putting young people at risk in the communities where you live and work? If so, how do they deal with it and what support do they need?
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    • 1 year, 3 months ago

      admin admin

    • Decriminalisation of sex work
      Sex workers around the world suffer discrimination and violation of their basic human rights. Sex work is against the law in most countries although there is evidence that criminalisation does not reduce sex work and increases vulnerability of sex workers. It also drives HIV by fuelling stigma and discrimination, limiting access to sexual health services and condoms. There is growing support for decriminalisation but the issue is highly contested. Share your views, experiences and suggestions on realising the SRHR of sex workers here.
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    • 1 year, 3 months ago

      admin admin

    • Ending child marriage

      Worldwide, according to Unicef, more than 700 million women alive today were married as children. Around 125 million of these child marriages took place in Africa. The rate of child marriage in Eastern and Southern Africa is estimated at 36%.  Poverty, insecurity, gender inequality and the low value placed on girls,  and the pressure to uphold traditional practices perpetuate the practice despite the dire consequences for millions of girls. Use this discussion forum to share ideas about ending the practice.

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    • 1 month, 2 weeks ago

       cisemalawi

    • Forced sterilisation of women living with HIV
      Sterilisation is a medical intervention to permanently prevent a person from becoming pregnant. It is intended to be an option for people who do not wish to have (more) children. However, there are documented cases in Namibia,  South Africa and other countries where HIV-positive women have been sterilised without their consent, or forced to agree to sterilisation before they are given essential services and treatment. Join the discussion on this issue here.
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    • Funding for SRHR
      There was a time when the only programmes some donors wanted to fund were for HIV /AIDS. Pointing out the links between HIV/AIDS, gender inequality, discrimination and lack of access to sexual and reproductive health services did not attract the money. Today, these connections and intersections are recognised as critical. What is your experience of seeking funds for SRHR work?
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    • 1 year, 3 months ago

      admin admin

    • HIV/AIDS Treatment
      East and Southern Africa (ESA) is the region hardest hit by HIV. The region is home to only 6.2% of the world’s population but more than 50% of the total number of people living with HIV live in ESA. According to UNAIDS (2017), of the 19.4 million HIV+ people in ESA in 2016, just over half the children and 61% of the adults were on antiretroviral treatment. There are many reasons why millions of people who need ARVs cannot access them. Join this discussion on treatment barriers and how to overcome them.
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    • 1 year, 3 months ago

      admin admin

    • Life, health and LGBTQIA+ rights
      People who do not conform to the binaries and stereotypes that most societies impose on appearance and behaviour related to sexuality and gender face stigma, discrimination, exclusion and hate crimes including rape and murder. Even in countries like South Africa where everyone's rights are protected in law, homophobia is a constant threat to the lives and well-being  of LGBTQIA+ individuals. Join the discussion about how to make rights real for all.
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    • 10 months ago

      AbbeyH AbbeyH

    • Maternal and infant mortality
      Since 1990 the maternal mortality rate has been reduced by 44 per cent globally.  However, in 2015, about 800 girls and women died every day as a result of pregnancy and childbirth. The majority of maternal and infant deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Efforts to put an end to preventable deaths need to be strengthened. What is being done - and what needs to be done - in the communities where you work?
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    • 1 year, 3 months ago

      admin admin

    • Menstruation and misogyny
      Myths, taboos and denial continue to surround menstruation - despite the fact that if it wasn't a monthly reality for girls and women, none of us would be here. Campaigns to get rid of harmful and hateful practices, ignorance, disregard and taxes on pads and tampons, are building momentum across the world. How can we make sure they succeed? Post your bright ideas and frustrations here.
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    • 1 year, 3 months ago

      admin admin

    • SDGs – delivery and accountability
      All 17  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are linked to SRHR in some way. Some links are direct - like the link between ensuring health and well-being (Goal 3). Others are not so obvious but equally important - for example Climate Action (Goal 13) and Life Below Water (Goal 14). One thing is clear - if civil society does not hold governments to account for the commitments they have made, only élites will enjoy their rights. How can SRHR organisations develop and use tools to monitor and advocate for delivery on the SDGs? Post your thoughts here.  
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    • 1 year, 3 months ago

      admin admin

    • Sexual and gender-based violence
      It is estimated that one in three women suffer some form of gender-based violence (GBV) in their lifetime. LGBTQIA+ people are also especially vulnerable to sexual and GBV.  Apart from physical and emotional harm, such violence has sexual and reproductive health consequences, including unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, sexually transmitted infections including HIV. Laws and policies to prevent violence abound but putting them into practice takes determination, courage, time and energy. How do we build solidarity to end the scourge?
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    • 10 months, 1 week ago

      Facebook Profile photo Tinashe Nyoni

    • SRHR for students
      Why is realising young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights a great investment in the future? Students will be meeting with representatives of SADC, the AU, the UN and civil society at the Southern African Regional Students and Youth Conference in July, to answer this question and agree on a plan for comprehensive youth SRHR. Be part of the plan!
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    • 1 year, 3 months ago

      admin admin

    • Trainers’ Lab
      Welcome trainers! This online group has been created to facilitate learning and exchange between SRHR/HIV trainers across the world. In this group, you can find interesting and useful materials, you can start and engage in discussions and you can get support if you encounter challenges as a trainer. Soon, we will also be offering e-learning courses. Choose a topic from the list below and start sharing your news, views and experiences. Forum discussion topics. (1) Strengthening training skills (2) Promoting trainings (3) Training ethics
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    • 7 months, 1 week ago