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Being able to attend the 46th Untied Nation Commission on Population and Development during the 22nd and 26th of April was definitely a great experience for me. While entering the UN not as a tourist excited me since my dream since childhood is to be able to work for the UN, attending the sessions enabled me to have a deeper understanding of the political debate of sexual and reproductive health and rights at an international level.

This year’s CPD focused on “demographic changes and new trends …

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As a young activist working on improving young people’s sexual and reproductive health and justice around the world, I always find myself being questioned on legitimacy—why me? How can I—still a college student—lobby for policy changes such as a permanent repeal of the Global Gag Rule or tell senior policymakers why abstinence-only sex education is ineffective, harmful, and bad public policy? In fact, this is also a question that society always asks young people—why do youth matter? Why should young people be empowered and engaged in discussions on critical …

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Being in a conference with a delegation from China to talk about youth engagement model of Advocates two weeks ago made me to reflect on the work of Advocates from another angle. As an activist, I usually appreciate the actual work piece of Advocates, however, after discussing with the delegation, I was also amazed by AFY’s model of youth engagement which I haven’t really thought about before.

There are three parts of Advocates’ youth engagement model that I really appreciate as a young activist. First of all, I appreciate …

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Today is the International Women’s Day. Although in the United States, lots of people do not recognize this day since it is not a Federal holiday and it is not a topic that gets too much public attention, in my country—China, it is a national recognized day and people celebrate it by appreciating women’s contribution to the society. On this day, female workers usually get a day off or they will receive gifts from their work places. In recent years, even in some universities, male students will put up …

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Taking an anthropology class which focuses on culture, illness and healing provides an alternative way to understand current issues. Especially when I read Ian Hacking’s Making Up People. In the article, the author tried to understanding how certain categories of people are created by society and how, what he called “dynamic nominalism” which means both defining a term from the authority as well as behaved by individuals, reinforce “making up people”. By studying the official statistics of nineteenth century, he found that before the nineteenth century, there seem to …

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“Where do babies come from?” 2013 Super Bowl Version

The above link is an advertisement during this year’s Super Bowl which I find interesting. It, according to YouTube, “reveal the untold story of an age-ole question that has perplexed parents for generations—‘where do babies come from?’ through an epic journey, nine months in the making”. However, for me, it seems to be another failure of our current sex-ed: telling your kids that they travel nine months from another planet to meet their parents is just a new version of …

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Recently, the issue of Chinese Tong Qi (a word means gay wives) becomes media focus after a court proposal has been introduced to the court of Beijing–the capital city of China. This proposal, focused on helping gay wives to divorce with their husbands, described by a major Chinese news agency—will bring “new hope to women who have unwittingly married gay men, prompting vibrant discussions about how to protect the women while upholding gay rights”. With no surprise, it is currently under heated debating, and from my point of view, …

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HIV/AIDS issue in China needs to be addressed. Even though the prevalence of HIV/AIDS is 0.1% among adults, there is currently an estimated 740,000 people living with HIV in China and the annual growth rate of new infection is 25%. HIV can be spread by unprotected sex, mother-to-child-transmission, blood transmission, and transplantation of infected tissue or organs. Broader risk factors of HIV infection may include unprotected sex, unclean blood production, drug abuse, ignorance of HIV/AIDS, discrimination against HIV positive people, and poverty. Although HIV/AIDS is widely spread in China, …

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Nowadays we are surrounded by all sorts of BIG PROBLEMS. Global warming, food security, population growth, and you name it. One of these BIG PROBLEMS is child marriage. Although hard to believe, today, all regions around the world still have countries with areas where early marriage is prevalent, and it is most pronounced in South Asia and West Africa. In Bangladesh, India, Mali, and Nepal, at least half of all women currently ages 20 to 24 were married by age 18, according to Demographic and Health Survey data. In …

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Family planning, defined as public programs designed to help parents plan and regulate their family size, includes practices of planning the timing of child birth, using of birth controls, and other techniques such as sexuality education and STI prevention. Internationally, family planning programs are linked with population issues and poverty in developing countries and are majorly carried out under the regulation of UNFPA—the United Nations Population Fund. Although family planning programs are generally successful, due to its potential link with abortion and other consideration of human rights, currently, there …

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    This semester I am taking an anthropology class and recently, we read an article named “One hundred years of homosexuality”. The basic idea of the article is even though clearly we could find evidence of homosexuality in ancient society, however, “homosexuality” only exists for one hundred years—since we only defined homosexuality one hundred years ago. As a result, we literarily create the issue of LGBTQ and we create the suffering of stigmatization for certain group of people. So after reading this, I had a deep rethink about the …

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     “Drinking toilet water can prevent pregnancy.” When I was reading an article named “100 weird daily life anecdotes” shared by my friends on the Chinese version of Facebook—Renren, this sentence, immediately caught my attention. “Gosh!” Said in my mind, I continued my reading of these 100 weird, “must-known” knowledge points. Then, sentences such as “having sex during menses will not lead to pregnant” all come up. So confused by whether people will believe these, I messaged my friends. “Well,” she replied quickly, “I don’t know, it sounds weird …

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Please watch this video–http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THnJfcaKquk&feature=related

     After watching the video, will you doubt what this video for? Will you also doubt about people’s attitude towards this video? However, even though you may think this is an awkward and inappropriate video and may not be accept by the society, especially in Asian societies since they are more conservative, this video, surprisingly, is the 8th single from one of Japanese famous idol group SKE48 and the first day sales number for this CD (which also includes this promotion video) is 285,467, mostly …

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     Violence against women is everywhere, it can be found in every culture and can be found in every corner of the world. Unfortunately, in a much more developed world today, one in three women is subject to gender-based violence. In the movie named “From Fear to Freedom: Ending Violence against Women” produced by WLP, it clearly shows the culture behind this unfair violence against women.
     
     Even though the ration one in three is kind of hard to believe since someone may argue that how could this …