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U.N. Urged To Renew Women’s Rights Focus In Post-2015 Agenda

News outlets report on a special session of the U.N. General Assembly being convened to mark the 20th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo in 1994. The Guardian: Activists urge renewed women’s rights focus as U.N. meets in New York “A landmark conference…

Investments In Reproductive Health Will Save Lives

The following opinion pieces discuss the importance of investments in reproductive health. Wall Street Journal: How Investing in Reproductive Health Could Pay Off Pamela Barnes, president and chief executive officer of EngenderHealth “Every day, 800 women and girls around the world die of pregnancy and childbirth complications. … Access to…

Climate Experts Must Consider Role Of Population Growth

New York Times: On the Path Past 9 Billion, Little Crosstalk Between U.N. Sessions on Population and Global Warming Andrew Revkin, New York Times columnist “The United Nations and the streets of Manhattan are going into global warming saturation mode, from Sunday’s People’s Climate March through the Tuesday climate change…

Opinion Pieces Address Access To Reproductive Health Services

The following opinion pieces address access to reproductive health services for women worldwide. Devex: Universal access to reproductive health care: A global obligation and opportunity Kathy Calvin, president and chief executive officer of the United Nations Foundation “…Ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights is a global…

Denmark, Netherlands Launch Fund To Support Sexual, Reproductive Health Groups

The Guardian: Denmark and Netherlands launch fund for sexual health groups “A €15m (£12m) fund to support small, grassroots organizations that are defending sexual and reproductive health and rights was launched in New York on Monday. The Amplify Change fund, financed by the Danish and Dutch governments, along with the…

Drug May Offer Public Health Benefit For Women Seeking Abortion In El Salvador

NPR: Even When Abortion Is Illegal, The Market May Sell Pills For Abortion “…[The] illicit trade in misoprostol has cut the rate of maternal deaths in El Salvador significantly, says Sofia Villalta Delgado, with the Salvadoran Ministry of Health. … Delgado says the Ministry of Health doesn’t endorse the use…

Sexual, Reproductive Rights Essential To Sustainable Development, UNFPA Head Says

Inter Press Service: Sexual & Reproductive Rights are Human Rights, Says UNFPA Head “Addressing a special session of the U.N. General Assembly on the 20th anniversary of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), the Executive Director of the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin said ……

Community Health Programs Can Work With Governments To Improve Family Planning Access

Devex: Kindling family planning change in urban slums Gita Pillai and Anju Dadhwal Singh of the Urban Health Initiative (UHI) in India “…Improving equitable access to family planning services and supplies as well as reducing the gap in unmet need for family planning services between the poor and the nonpoor…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Importance Of Addressing Women’s Health Now, Moving Forward

The following opinion pieces discuss the importance of addressing women’s health, including maternal health, family planning and reproductive health, and ensuring women’s health issues are reflected in development goals moving forward. Huffington Post: Which Way to Better Health: A Roadmap to Save Mothers and Newborns Liya Kebede, founder of the…

Marking World Contraception Day, USAID Blog Discusses New Innovations in Contraception

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Five Promising Innovations in Contraception Marking World Contraception Day, Ellen Starbird, director of USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health, discusses issues related to contraception, USAID’s role in providing contraception, and “five promising new innovations in contraception” (9/26).