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World Far From Reaching Global Norm On Sex Education

Washington Post: Sex education is a global dividing line between liberals and conservatives Jonathan Zimmerman, professor at New York University “…[The International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo in 1994] endorsed equal access to education for girls. It also demanded ‘reproductive rights’ — including rights to contraception and…

Inaugural Global Youth Wellbeing Index Compares State Of Youth In 30 Countries

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: Health in the Inaugural Global Youth Wellbeing Index Nicole Goldin, a senior associate with the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) and former director of the Global Youth Wellbeing Index project in partnership with the International Youth Foundation (IYF), discusses…

Non-Clinical Circumcisions Pose Risks For Boys, Young Men In Sub-Saharan Africa

The Guardian: The death and deformity caused by male circumcision in Africa can’t be ignored Ally Fogg, writer and journalist “…Every year across sub-Saharan Africa, hundreds of thousands of boys and young men submit to initiation ceremonies [that include non-clinical circumcision]. … The human devastation left in the wake of…

Pope Francis Must Address Women’s Reproductive Well-Being

The Guardian: Pope Francis has done little to improve women’s lives Tina Beattie, professor of Catholic studies at the University of Roehampton in London “Pope Francis has repeatedly said he wants a poor church of the poor. … He has also acknowledged the need to give women a greater say…

Drugs To Prevent Premature Labor Deaths Underused, Lancet Study Says

New York Times: Premature Labor Drugs Underused, Study Says “Each year, roughly one million children worldwide die after being born prematurely, yet two strategies that are effective in preventing these deaths are largely underused, researchers have found. … [T]he largest study to examine use of these drugs worldwide, which included…

Advocacy, Grassroots Organizations Educate, Empower Adolescents In Bangladesh

Inter Press Service: Bangladeshi Girls Seek Equal Opportunity “…Called ‘Kishori Abhijan,’ meaning ‘Empowering Adolescents,’ the project is a brainchild of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and educates young people on a range of issues, from gender roles, sex discrimination, and early marriage, to reproductive health, personal hygiene, and preventing…

Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea In Australia Raises Concerns Over Disease’s Spread

Australian Associated Press/The Guardian: ‘Sex superbug’ fears over powerful new drug-resistant strain of gonorrhea “Concerns are mounting over a powerful new form of gonorrhea after a patient was found to have the highest level of drug resistance to the disease ever reported in Australia. … The discovery of the case…

Access To Contraception Controversial In Philippines Amid Growing Population

PBS NewsHour: Amid population explosion, birth control access roils the Philippines “In the Philippines, amid a population explosion and staggering birth rate, caused partly by limited access to contraception or family planning advice, NewsHour Special Correspondent Mark Litke follows mothers and newborns from one of the busiest maternity wards in…

Expanding Family Planning Services Can Reduce HIV Infection In Children, Study Says

Inter Press Service: Helping Uganda’s HIV-positive Women Avoid Unplanned Pregnancies “…In the last decade, Uganda’s modern contraceptive use among women has slowly increased from 18 percent to 26 percent. Though low, this level of contraceptive use likely averted 20 percent of pediatric HIV infections and 13 percent of AIDS-related children’s…

Devex Opinion Pieces Mark 500 Days Until MDG Deadline Expires

Devex published several opinion pieces marking 500 days until the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire and discussing achievements thus far as well as remaining challenges. Devex: A very important 500 days Emily Cabon, youth ambassador with the ONE Campaign “…For the new development goals to succeed, all ages need to…