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Each week, I’ll be posting a list of the most news-worthy and/or inspirational, informative, well-written, thought-provoking, and/or unique posts of the week. While every post and every contributor is valuable to our community, these are the blogs that I feel are must-reads.

March 6- March 12

Stats for this week: 71 posts by 42 writers
(Our second highest posting week ever!!)

Girls need 100% equal access to education from Governance!- by kiki

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Kiki talks about the challenges faced by young women in Nigeria that make access to equal education difficult.

Student Activism Victory at Dickinson College- by altafmysistahs

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Altaf writes about students at Dickinson College who successfully protested on campus in order to get the administration to “[agree] to notify students about sexual assaults via a campus ‘Red Alert’ system, and to expel students found to have committed rape…”

What Motivates You To Remain A SHRH Activist?- by papavic

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Abongwa shares what motivates him to be a sexual health advocate, and passes on some motivation to us:

There are times when people don’t see the importance of what you do but it is that inner gratification that you have that will keep you going when that bill is not passed in Congress, when that Minister will not allow for a “Condomize” campaign or when those funders will not cease abstinence only sex education funding. That gratification is what will get you going as it has for me all these years!

International Women’s Day: Equal Access to Meaningful Education
- by judithavory

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In this amazing post, Judith lays out several flaws in the broad institution that is education that makes it difficult for access to learning that is not only equal, but more importantly meaningful.

Human Rights Watch: Mississippi’s Awful HIV Policies- by AFY_EmilyB

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A recent report from Human Rights Watch about conditions in Mississippi that perpetuate the HIV epidemic is one of the saddest and most infuriating things I have ever read.

Why do House Republicans think these millions of lives are expendable?
by AFY_Nikki

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Nikki explains the consequences of the House voting for HR1 last month for federal funding.

To explain: HR 1 slashes global health funding, which in total accounts for a relatively miniscule one quarter of 1% of the U.S. budget, but which literally saves millions of lives each year.

Why I Skipped Class to Ask My Elected Officials to Support Comprehensive Sex Education
- by kenzie

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Mackenzie reports back from her experience lobbying with nearly 100 of her peers in Texas.

Tales from a Testifying Newbie: Abortion Access in Ohio Edition- by ashthom

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You’ve heard about that fetus that “testified” in Ohio, right? Well Ashley was at the hearing, and gave her own testimony! Check out this great post to learn more about what happened that day.

Reflections on International Women’s Day and the 2011 International Women of Courage Awards- by Nicole

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Last week, Nicole attend the International Women of Courage Awards at the U.S. State Department.

It’s encouraging to see the United States elevating these women’s work and standing with them in solidarity to advance women’s rights globally. At the same time, it is tragic that only a few metro stops away, efforts on Capitol Hill are moving to significantly undermine and compromise women’s rights domestically and globally.

Thank you to everyone who posted a blog this week! You are part of what makes this community great!

~ Samantha
Community Editor

My posts this week:
International Women’s Day: This One’s For the Girls
Speaker Boehner Announces that House Will Defend DOMA
Women Leaders in the Global Community