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Economist Examines Economic, Social Effects Of China’s ‘One-Child Policy’

In the current print edition, the Economist includes two articles examining different aspects of China’s so-called “one-child policy.” The first article looks at the effects of the country’s shrinking working-age population, which the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) recently announced “shrank last year by a total of 3.45 million,” the…

Demand For Family Planning Services Growing In Malawi Despite Challenges

IRIN examines access to family planning services in Malawi, where women have an average of 5.8 children and the population is expected to grow from 15 million in 2010 to 50 million in 2050, according to the news service. A study (.pdf) by the African Institute for Development Policy and Population Action International…

Hoping For Universal Family Planning By 2030

Dana Horvig, CEO of Marie Stopes International, writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog that his hope is “that by 2030 we are finally living in the golden age of family planning … in which everyone has access to whatever type of contraception they want, no…

Africa, Middle East See Decline In Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, U.N. Data Show

“Changing attitudes have resulted in a decline in female genital mutilation in Africa and the Middle East, where the practice is most prevalent, according to United Nations data released on” the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, observed February 6, TrustLaw reports (Mollins, 2/6). According to a WHO press…

IPS Interviews UNFPA Director On U.N. Efforts To End Practice Of FGM/C

Noting the United Nations on Wednesday observed the annual International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (FGM/C), “an act that is shocking and inhumane to much of the world but remains a tradition among a significant minority,” Inter Press Service correspondent Marzieh Goudarzi interviews U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive…

Panel At State Department Discusses Global Efforts Against Practice Of FGM/C

“On February 6, 2013, in observance of the tenth anniversary of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, I had the privilege of leading a panel discussion at the State Department to help bring global attention to a harmful traditional practice that risks the lives, dignity, and…

Roots Of FGM Lie In Tribal Culture, Not Religion

“Female genital mutilation has long survived, hidden under the cloak of religious, cultural, and tribal practices, but … as we commemorate the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), it is time for every leader whether political or religious, whether male or female, to unequivocally stand in…