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Confronting the Crisis: Women and AIDS

What is the role of women in combating the global HIV/AIDS pandemic? What policies and programs are most relevant and effective in decreasing women's vulnerability to infection? How is the UN system addressing the deep cultural chauvinisms that affect AIDS-related issues like family planning and domestic violence?

Islam, Gender, and Reproductive Health: Part 3 of 6

At the third meeting in the Islam, Gender, and Reproductive Health series, which is sponsored by The Middle East Program and Environmental Change and Security Project and supported by USAID's Office of Population and Reproductive Health and the Interagency Gender Working Group, Ellen Gruenbaum of California State University, Fresno, and Marcia C.

Is Our Security Threatened by "Too Many Men"?

What happens when sex selection leaves a nation with significantly more men than women? In their controversial new MIT Press book Bare Branches: The Security Implications of Asia's Surplus Male Population, Valerie Hudson and Andrea den Boer assert that historically high male-to-female ratios can trigger domestic and international violence. Since the mid-1980s, widespread sex selection has skewed the sex ratios of some Asian countries—particularly China and India—in favor of males on a scale that may be unprecedented in human history.

Expanding Access to Essential Maternal Health Commodities

"This is not just about getting quantities of drugs out, this is about saving women's lives with really simple products that work," said Julia Bunting, team leader of AIDS and reproductive health at the United K

Dynamics Of Sexual Violence In The Eastern Democratic Republic Of Congo: Perpetrators, Community Response, and Policy Implications

"Getting reasonable, accurate, and finely grained data is fairly difficult …it requires multiple methods of investigation to understand the complexities and the dynamics of gender-based violence (GBV) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)," explained Michael VanRooyen, Co-Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), at a January 15, 2009, conference co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Cent

Strategies to Promote Gender Equity in Developing Countries: Lessons, Challenges, and Opportunities

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Inter-American Foundation present a half-day conference to share perspectives, experiences, and lessons regarding the best ways to promote gender equity and increase development effectiveness.

Conference Agenda

Panel 1: 8:30am-10:00am

Democracy and Freedom as Fundamental Human Rights

Mrs. Eleonora Cercavschi, a human rights activist and the 2008 recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, will speak on Democracy and Freedom as Fundamental Human Rights. The Honorable Paula J. Dobriansky, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, and Samuel Donaldson, Chairman of the Wilson Council, and will provide introductory remarks.

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Russia and the European Court of Human Rights: Implications for U.S. Policy

The Kennan Institute and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation sponsored a one-day seminar on 3 May 2011 to explore the role of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on the development of the rule of law in Russia.

Human Rights Defenders on the Front Lines of Freedom

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This event is cosponsored by the Carter Center and Human Rights First.

Even as the promotion of democracy and the rule of law receive increased attention from both the Bush administration and Congress, those on the front lines of defending human rights and civil liberties often face heightened challenges in their home countries.

Human Rights and Environmental Activism in Russia: Lessons from the Past and Challenges for the Future

At a recent Kennan Institute talk, Ivan Pavlov, Director of the Bellona Environmental Human Rights Center in St. Petersburg and Galina Starovoitova Fellow on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution at the Kennan Institute, described the state of the human rights and environmental movements in Russia today. Pavlov warned that these movements are in a state of crisis. In order to survive this crisis, organizations must improve their professional capacity and overcome internal divisions to overcome the obstacles posed by a hostile government and an indifferent population.

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