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Sandeep Prasad is the Executive Director of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, a progressive, pro-choice charitable organization committed to advancing and upholding sexual and reproductive health and rights in Canada and globally.

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If Canada Really Believes In Equality, Bill C-16 Must Pass

(93) Comments | Posted May 17, 2017 | 11:18 AM

Our government has a duty to protect the human rights of all people. Laws that seek to enshrine those rights and protect us from discrimination should be considered without hesitation.

If enacted into law, Bill C-16 will protect some of the most marginalized people in Canada and so, it...

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Now Is The Time To Decriminalize Sex Work

(7) Comments | Posted April 24, 2017 | 5:30 PM

The Trudeau government has tackled several key pieces of its criminal law reform strategy but it's long past time to decriminalize sex work.

Being elected to lead our country involves more than easy victories and politically expedient "people-pleasing" issues. The Trudeau government has a moral obligation to address the public health...

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Trump's Presidency May Have A Global Impact On Reproductive Rights

(5) Comments | Posted December 7, 2016 | 4:22 PM

I can still remember the feeling I had the day Trump was elected. Among countless liberties and freedoms, reproductive rights were once again on the chopping block.

His vice-president, U.S. ambassador to the UN and nominated secretary of health and human services are all outspoken anti-choicers, he has made...

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Canada Is Finally Moving Forward On Trans Rights

(5) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 4:58 PM

After decades of activism, trans rights are starting to get the recognition they deserve. More than ever, trans people and their rights are being represented in the media and at the UN, our neighbours to the south just issued school guidelines that recognize the right to access bathrooms that...

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Canada Is Fighting To End Sexual Violence Everywhere (But Here)

(6) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 3:05 PM

On the global stage, Canada is leading the way to end sexual and gender-based violence. But we're failing at home.

Canada was pivotal in establishing a United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, leads an annual resolution on violence against women at the United Nations Human Rights Council...

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Trudeau Must Put Pro-Choice Into The Budget

(68) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 10:40 AM

Trudeau needs to put women back in the budget. Because it's 2016.

A key part of being feminist is respecting all people's choices about their own bodies. While a gender-balanced cabinet is a step in the right direction, there is no such thing as gender equality without bodily autonomy. If...

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Trudeau Can Make Canada A Global Champion Of Gender Equality

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 9:28 AM

This Tuesday March 8th -- International Women's Day -- Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, under-secretary general of the United Nations and executive director of the United Nations Population Fund, will visit Ottawa for the first time.

The official visit represents the first in over a decade by the head of the UN...

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When Will Governments Stop Targeting Women's Bodies?

(15) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 5:01 PM

Last week, the United States Center for Disease Control issued a warning directed specifically to women about alcohol consumption. The warning relayed the risks of drinking too much, which according to the CDC include: injuries/violence, sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancy. Shortly after, a report published by the Chief...

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What's Your Relationship Status?

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 11:24 AM

Thirteen years ago, February 12th became Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day -- an awareness raising campaign launched by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Federation for Sexual Health (now Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights).

The idea behind the day...

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How One Drug Could Change Abortion Access In Canada

(1) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 4:21 PM

Every day we receive calls on our Access Line from people across the country seeking to terminate a pregnancy. They have a lot of questions and very often want to know where to get the abortion pill or, in other words, where they can get a medical abortion....

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Canada's Prison System Is Failing New Parents

(2) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 10:19 AM

In 2012, a young mother named Julie Bilotta made headlines across Canada. After nine hours of labor, she gave birth to a baby boy in solitary confinement at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Center where she was held in remand. It wasn't until a nurse noticed the baby's foot...

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All Workers Deserve Equal Access To Paid Sick Days

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 11:14 AM

November means the start of both the flu season -- a time when health care providers may advise many of us to stay home when sick -- and of a month of action in support of paid sick days for all workers.

Millions of workers across Ontario lack...

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There Are Still Many Barriers to Abortion in Canada

(5) Comments | Posted September 27, 2015 | 8:06 PM

Each year on September 28, advocates around the world mobilize for access to safe and legal abortion. This year's theme is about busting abortion myths to fight stigma and discrimination.

Abortion stigma is fueled by myths. Myths that place safe, legal and accessible care and services out of reach...

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No Province Should Deny Women Abortions

(24) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 8:03 AM

By Sandeep Prasad and Colleen MacQuarrie*

Abortion is legal in Canada and has been for over 30 years. There are no criminal laws restricting access to abortion or post-abortion care in Canada and it is a recognized essential medical procedure, required to be fully accessible and financially covered by provincial...

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Speaking Up for Ontario's New Curriculum

(3) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 5:54 PM

Co-written by Sandeep Prasad and Julie Duncan*

The last time Ontario changed its sex ed curriculum was seventeen years ago. As with anything, most would agree that the update is long overdue.

As an elementary school teacher, I have to tell you that this new curriculum is necessary and welcomed...

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What Canada Can Do About Adolescent Pregnancy and Forced Marriages

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2013 | 2:57 PM

On October 30, UNFPA released its 2013 State of World Population Report on the theme of adolescent pregnancy globally. The report draws critical links between the issue of adolescent pregnancy, early and forced marriage, sexual violence and maternal mortality -- all priority development issues for the Canadian government.

These...

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