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U.N.’s Ban Launches Global Campaign To End FGM

News outlets report on the launch of a U.N. campaign to end female genital mutilation. Agence France-Presse: U.N. chief launches campaign to end female genital mutilation “U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon launched Thursday a global campaign to end the often deadly practice of female genital mutilation within a generation, as survivors…

Blog Posts Discuss Various Aspects Of Ebola Crisis

The following blog posts discuss various aspects of the Ebola epidemic. Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy”: What Can Donors Learn from HIV in Responding to Ebola? In a joint blog post, Karen Grépin, assistant professor of global health policy at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public…

Efua Dorkenoo, Pioneer To End FGM, Dies Of Cancer At Age 65

News outlets report on the death of women’s rights activist Efua Dorkenoo, who pioneered the movement to end female genital mutilation. The Guardian: Efua Dorkenoo OBE, the ‘incredible African female warrior,’ has died “Efua Dorkenoo, widely seen as the mother of the global movement to end female genital mutilation, has…

Physician Reflects On Challenges Of Providing FP Services In West Africa

Intrahealth’s “Vital”: Family Planning Has Yet to Take Hold in West Africa — But Change Is Coming Boniface Sebikali, senior clinical training adviser at IntraHealth International, reflects on his experience as a physician and family planning/reproductive health trainer in West Africa to shed light on the challenges of providing family…

China To Relax Family Planning Policy In 2 Years, According To Adviser

Bloomberg News: China to Broaden Two-Child Policy in 2 Years, Adviser Says “All Chinese couples will be allowed to have a second child in two years, said a researcher who advises the government on birth control policies. ‘We will fully relax the policy’ in two years after an experiment allowing…

Congress Should Overturn Policy Restricting U.S. Global Family Planning Funding

Daily Beast: Time for U.S. to Support Abortion for Rape Victims in Other Countries Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federal of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund “…[T]he U.S. needs to end a 40-year-old policy that blocks women in other countries from accessing abortion. This law, known as the…

Deutsche Welle Examines Malnutrition, Family Planning In Niger

Deutsche Welle: Niger’s malnourished children “In Niger, children with dusty blond hair are ubiquitous: It’s a sure sign of widespread malnourishment. Resources are scarce, while fertility rates are soaring. Yet family planning is an uphill struggle…” (Conrad, 10/15).

Family Planning Important Focus For International Day Of The Girl

Delaware Online: Celebrate International Day of the Girl Judith Herrman, professor in the University of Delaware’s School of Nursing “As we celebrate International Day of the Girl this Saturday, one focus that should gain greater attention is that of ensuring that young women around the world are able to have…

Gambian Summit Aims To Empower Youth To End FGM

The Guardian: Gambian youth come together for conference to tackle FGM “…Spearheaded by Gambian-born Jaha Dukureh, the face of a Guardian-backed campaign to combat FGM in the U.S., the youth summit has brought 100 Gambians between the ages of 17 and 25 together to teach campaigning and social media skills…