Sexual Health and Rights: Story Collection

This collection highlights just a few stories about our work in this area. To find out more about how AJWS is striving to advance the rights of women, girls and LGBT people, visit our Sexual Health and Rights issue page.

Get to know AJWS’s Jacqueline Hart

Jacqueline Hart, Ph.D., joined American Jewish World Service in 2012 to lead the organization’s efforts…

Guatemalan youth take a stand in defense of sexual health and rights

LGBT Love and Loss in Cambodia

Rainbow Community Kampuchea (RoCK) brings LGBT people from throughout Cambodia together to reflect on their…

Julienne Lusenge

Raising a voice for women amid the horrors of war

Binta Diao

Binta Diao

Giving girls control over their bodies and futures

Meant for Something More

Sonali’s parents forced her to marry at age 14, and her husband turned out to…

Meet Jeanette

Twenty-three-year-old Jeanette and her two children live in the North Kivu province of the Democratic…

Meet Naw Wah

Naw Wah* fled her village in Burma when she was 15. Her close-knit, rural community…

Meet Teresa

Teresa, a Nicaraguan woman, married her husband when she was 19 years old. She agreed…

Meet Grace

Grace is the mother of seven children. She lives in Democratic Republic of Congo, a…

Meet Dayanara

Dayanara, a woman from Nicaragua, came out to her family as transgender when she was…

Activists stand up to Haiti’s anti-LGBT extremists

Homophobic hatred sizzled in Haiti’s streets last summer. Religious leaders marched throughout the country to…

Youth make strides for reproductive health in Guatemala

In Guatemala, very few young people have access to quality reproductive health care and sexual…

Volunteer Network of Friends Forever Friends

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the Dominican Republic have long faced discrimination…

Using the Law to Help Uganda’s People Seek Justice

In Uganda, being poor means facing limits—not just limited income, but also limited ability to…

Tostan

Tostan—which means “breakthrough” in Wolof, the national language of Senegal—is among the highest-profile social change…

Women speak out against sexual assault in Kenya

KENYA—Grace Mbugua was riding in a matatu van when the attendant started to harass her.…

Meet Zeenat

Zeenat is 17 years old and has already been married and divorced three times. All…