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Sierra Leone Officials Not Enforcing FGM Ban, The Guardian Reports

The Guardian: Captured and cut: FGM returns to Sierra Leone despite official ban “…FGM has been banned in the country since emergency health measures were introduced after the Ebola outbreak in 2014. But despite the continued ban, the practice has returned through all-female secret societies … and condemnation by the…

Youth Engagement In Family Planning Programs, Advocacy Essential To Reach FP2020 Goal

Global Health NOW: Family Planning, Future Planning Jose G. “Oying” Rimon II, director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health and senior scientist in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health “Engaging young people in…

UNESCO Releases New Comprehensive Sexuality Education Video For Young People

U.N. News Centre: UNESCO unveils video on comprehensive sexuality education for young people “The United Nations cultural agency [Monday] released a new video that outlines how comprehensive sexuality education helps young people develop the knowledge and skills to make conscious, healthy, and responsible choices about relationships and sexuality. The Being…

Global Leaders, International Community Should Prioritize Funding To Ensure Women, Girls Have Access To Contraceptives

Huffington Post: World Contraception Day: Saving and transforming women’s lives Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) “…Family planning is one of the best investments countries can make for women’s empowerment, gender equality, and economic prosperity. … But far too many women and couples still lack…

Opinion Piece Highlights 4 Ways To Improve Family Planning Programs

Devex: 4 ways to strengthen family planning programs Erica Belanger, advocacy adviser at the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and Angela Mutunga, East Africa regional program adviser for Advance Family Planning “…[T]he success of family planning programs can only be achieved if the necessary supplies are accessible, available, and affordable to…

U.S. State Department To Host Meeting On Eliminating FGM Nationwide

Thomson Reuters Foundation: U.S. says to bolster efforts to end female genital mutilation “The United States unveiled plans on Thursday to ramp up efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) after figures showed more than half of million women and girls were living at risk. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid…

Indonesia Begins New Campaign To End FGM, Despite Religious Leaders’ Opposition

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Indonesia launches new campaign to end female genital mutilation: minister “Indonesia is embarking on a renewed campaign to end female genital mutilation (FGM), according to its women’s minister Yohana Yembise, despite opposition from religious leaders who have stymied past efforts to combat a practice that is common.…

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