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U.S. Working To End FGM/C

Council on Foreign Relations’s “Women Around the World”: Three Ways the United States Is Working to End FGM/C In this guest post, Cathy Russell, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues at the U.S. Department of State, discusses findings from a recently released UNICEF report on female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and describes…

Obstacles Remain To Abortion, Contraception Access For Latin American Women Affected By Zika

Huffington Post: GOP Congressmen Oppose Abortion Rights For Women With Zika In Developing Countries “Pregnant women in South and Latin America who contract Zika, a rapidly spreading mosquito-borne virus linked to severe birth defects and deformities in babies, should not have access to abortion, Republican House leaders said Wednesday. ‘This…

Gates Foundation Continues To Invest In Expanding Access To Family Planning Options

Devex: Gates Foundation gives shot in the arm for family planning “…The foundation continues to invest, too, in expanding the range of contraceptives available to women such as injectables that community health workers can deliver directly from pharmacies or eventually that women and girls can self-administer from the comfort of…

Ebola Outbreak Prompted Guineans To Make Progress On Campaign To End FGM

New York Times: Leveraging Ebola to Tackle FGM Liriel Higa, assistant to Nicholas Kristof and Charles Blow at the New York Times “The outbreak of Ebola [in Guinea] … seems to have led to surprising progress in the movement to curb female genital mutilation [FGM] in the poor West African…

Access To Contraceptives Necessary For Latin American Women To Heed Nations’ Calls To Delay Pregnancy Amid Zika Outbreak

IntraHealth International’s “Vital”: Zika Virus Sheds Light on Shortcomings in Family Planning and Reproductive Health Corrine Mahoney, senior manager of communications and knowledge management at IntraHealth International, discusses the implications of the Zika virus on women’s rights and reproductive health, writing, “While no woman should be forced to use modern…