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Devex Interviews Leader In Campaign To End FGM

Devex: ‘Nothing can stop’ fight against female genital mutilation — advocacy group “More than 125 million girls and women have undergone female genital mutilation worldwide, and another 30 million are at risk of being cut over the next decade — yet few interventions have focused on stopping the practice, and…

Ethiopia Challenges Assumption That Decline In Fertility Must Precede Economic Advancement

The Lancet: Scaling up of family planning in low-income countries: lessons from Ethiopia Daniel Halperin of the Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Puerto Rico and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill “…[A]lthough there is widespread agreement that fertility decline is often associated with other aspects of…

Devex Publishes Opinion Pieces As Part Of ‘She Builds’ Campaign

Devex publishes two opinion pieces as part of the “She Builds” campaign. Devex: A revolution without boundaries Ashley Judd, actress, humanitarian, ambassador and board member for PSI Judd outlines five goals, including ending child marriage and stopping gender-based violence, to help move gender equality forward. “…More than ever, women are…

Philippine Supreme Court Upholds Family Planning Law

News outlets report on the Philippine Supreme Court’s passage of a controversial family planning law. Agence France-Presse: Philippine top court approves controversial birth control law “Millions of poor people in the Philippines will have access to free contraceptives for the first time after the nation’s top court on Tuesday approved…

U.N. Commission On Population And Development Begins Meeting To Assess 20-Year Progress

News outlets report on the start of a week-long meeting of the U.N. Commission on Population and Development. The Guardian: U.N. to measure women’s rights progress over past 20 years “Progress towards 20-year-old targets that sought to put women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights at the center of development…

Pope Supports Chastity As AIDS Prevention Strategy

Associated Press: Pope presses anti-AIDS chastity strategy in Africa “Pope Francis has praised church workers in Africa who promote chastity as a key way to prevent the spread of HIV. Francis was speaking Monday at the Vatican to bishops from Tanzania…” (4/7).

More Effort Needed To Guarantee Reproductive Rights For All

Huffington Post U.K.: More Action Needed on Reproductive Rights for All Lynne Featherstone, U.K. parliamentary under-secretary of state for international development “…[W]hy after 20 years since the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and 58 years of the Commissions on the Status Women, are reproductive rights still being used…

UNICEF Educates Somaliland Communities About Harms Of FGM

Associated Press: Somaliland leaders want female genitals to be cut “…UNICEF is weaving a delicate campaign to educate communities in Somaliland about the harms of female genital mutilation and to get leaders, who are meeting there this month to debate the practice, to denounce it. Child rights advocates in nearly…

UNFPA Official Promotes Development Focus On Adolescent Girls In Interview

Inter Press Service: Q&A: The Face of the Future is an Adolescent Girl “‘The future is today aged 10 and it’s an adolescent girl,’ Kate Gilmore, deputy executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), said in an interview with IPS in Johannesburg. Gilmore discussed the impact on African…

March 2014 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

The March 2014 issue of the WHO Bulletin features an editorial on the difficulty of making healthy choices, an article about operationalizing WHO’s definition of unsafe abortion, and an article on how insecticide resistance in Malawi threatens to reverse gains in the country’s control of malaria, among other articles (March 2014).