Links, Stuff I missed.
Here is a collection of news stories from the week that I didn't have a chance to write/talk about.
On The Nation, Barbara Crossette tells us all what Pepfar used to be, and how the Obama administration is attempting to make the best out of a flawed program.
Pepfar stands for United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Under our previous Decider the fund was unnecessarily barred from effective use because it was subject to the typical conservative ideology.
subject to micromanagement under ideologically inspired guidance that, among other requirements, demanded that 50 percent of AIDS prevention funds in countries with generalized epidemics be devoted to abstinence and "faithfulness" campaigns. That provision, born of provincial ignorance about the world, would be a joke if it weren't so cruel to millions.
The old guidelines also barred links between AIDS efforts and family planning, at a time when AIDS was becoming a woman's disease in many places and women had no power to resist unwanted or risky sex.
The author is correct in that AIDS is becoming a 'woman's disease' not only in name and perception, but in reality.
From the AP , by Patrick McGroarty, new findings suggest that to improve women's health, sexual health, and overall well being in developing countries,
BERLIN — Securing sufficient funding is the greatest obstacle to improving women's well-being and rights in the developing world, officials attending a conference on sexual and reproductive health said Friday.
The Berlin meeting, which brought together representatives from some 300 non-governmental organizations around the world, came 15 years after the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, where a similar group set goals to improve the sexual health and rights for women, particularly in the developing world.
By Judith Osanka "
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A touching reminder- in a time of economic uncertainty, with more and more people losing their jobs , many more now classified as "low income" ; Planned Parenthood, community health centers and other low- no cost sexual/health clinics in urban as well as rural areas are going to be much more important.
. . Haven't seen a headline like this, ever. It's a letter to the editor from a Catholic man who's comments, about abortion, health reform, the hateful and untruthful rhetoric his church is using , and the shameful actions of the Catholic patriarchs, made me cry.
As many know I was raised Catholic, went to a Catholic grade school, Catholic High School, and went to church twice a week. Up until maybe 5 years ago, Catholicism was a huge part of my life (not always by choice). Although I soundly reject many actions and (most of) the ideology of the Catholic church, it has been an intensly emotional journey denouncing something that is so offensive to almost all of my base emotions but which has also played a huge role in making me who I am today.
In this editorial, Daniel says it best:
It is this real side of life that draws my faith and conscience into action, which leads me to know that it is for the imperfect that Jesus also came — for the troubled pregnancies also. If abortion were not to be considered a part of health care, it is the women with the troubled pregnancies, as well as their families, who would have to suffer the consequences.
I truly wish Daniel was a Bishop.
Motherhood and working in today's recession. From The Examiner:
Women and namely moms, play an integral role in the American workforce. Did you know that a 2006 census estimated that there are 82+ million mothers in the U.S.? The study also indicates that women actually outnumber men with regard to possessing both high school and college educations. Yet, regardless of how much mothers contribute to the workforce and society; there is still a distinct stigma in place that often stifles a mother's ability to be treated fairly. And in a time of recession and economic peril, many mamas are decrying the companies that blatantly discriminate against women and mothers.
This article reminds us that women can and should be mothers (if they so chose) AND employees. It is no longer the choice between career or children... we can have both!
That's all I have for today! Happy Friday! <3