Blog

The RHM blog features comment and analysis of SRHR stories from around the world. We welcome contributions from RHM readers and authors.

December 2016

End of Year Message from the Director 

2016 has been a turbulent year, with conservative forces gaining ground and causing women growing anxiety over lingering threats to their reproductive rights. The year also offered a few occasions for celebration: we joined in solidarity with our Polish sisters when they succeeded in stopping a proposed law which, if passed, would have made all Read More

The tip of the iceberg – intimate partner homicide

Heidi Stöckl is a lecturer in social epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Associate Editor at Reproductive Health Matters.  A video interview with the author is now available online. Anna V was 36 years old when she and her seven-year old son Anton were murdered by her ex-partner and father of their Read More

RHM is transitioning to a fully Open Access (OA) publishing model

In January 2017, RHM journal is moving to a new publisher, Taylor&Francis, and transitioning to a fully Open Access (OA) publishing model, meaning all current and back articles for publication will be available online, free of charge, for anyone to read. What this means for RHM authors RHM will continue its long tradition of publishing themed Read More

The state of global politics: moving beyond despair to concerted HIV activism

Laura Ferguson is Associate Director of the Program on Global Health & Human Rights, Assistant Professor at the Institute for Global Health at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and Associate Editor at Reproductive Health Matters.   World AIDS Day is a time for reflection, remembrance and re-energizing efforts to Read More

March 2016

International Day of Trans Visibility – a statement by GATE

Today, March 31st, Global Action for Trans* Equality (GATE) calls for collective and critical reflection as we honor the International Day of Trans Visibility. Undoubtedly, individual and community visibility has been a key strategy to build trans* social and political movements. Visibility has played a central historical role in the ongoing work to transform our Read More

December 2015

Season’s Greetings from RHM

This year we continued disseminating high-quality SRHR evidence and amplifying the voices of advocates and women from around the world. The 45th journal issue on ‘Knowledge, evidence, practice and power’, which I co-edited with Marge, scrutinised the creation of evidence and how it forms the basis of our knowledge Read More

November 2015

Anti-Abortion Violence, USA: A Hate Crime against Women

A guest blog by Marge Berer, Coordinator of the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion   The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) clinic in Colorado Springs, USA, provides cancer screening, STD tests and treatment, breast exams, contraception and abortion, mostly to women. On 27 November an armed gunman entered the clinic, apparently Read More

Reflecting on the Sheen case: HIV criminalisation and prosecution papers

On November 17th 2015) the public had the unedifying experience of watching a Hollywood star, Charlie Sheen, ‘confess’ to his HIV positive status. He has already effectively been ‘outed’ by salacious newspaper columnists in the United States, UK and elsewhere. A personal health issue, that should have been a private matter has been turned into a festival of Read More

From rhetoric to reality: opportunities and threats to sexual and reproductive health and rights, and gender responsiveness for disabled people in post-conflict and post-crisis settings

A guest blog by Laura Dean, Department of International Public Health, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine   “If a woman with hearing impairment is raped by soldier, it is difficult enough as it is but she is also unable to communicate. How many of the structures that help tackle violence against women and girls are Read More