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Improving Menstrual Hygiene Gets More Traction As Global Health Issue

NPR: People Are Finally Talking About The Thing Nobody Wants To Talk About “…[A]ddressing [menstrual hygiene] is a challenge, says [Elynn Walter, an activist who works at WASH Advocates], because even otherwise level-headed experts on poverty tend to get squeamish when the talk turns to periods. In fact, Walter thinks…

Unsafe Abortion Persists In Indonesia, GlobalPost Reports

GlobalPost: Indonesia’s secret abortion problem “In a country where abortion is illegal and talking about reproductive health is taboo, women are terminating their pregnancies in unsafe ways, often getting hurt and sometimes dying as a result. The Guttmacher Institute estimates that abortion is about 20 percent more prevalent in Indonesia…

Congress Should Permanently End ‘Global Gag Rule’

The Hill: Let’s finally end the global gag rule Dana Singiser, vice president for public policy and government relations at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Latanya Mapp Frett, executive director of Planned Parenthood Global “The good news is that recent efforts to expand family planning access globally have…

Chinese Government ‘Should Not Regulate Birth’

New York Times: Relaxing China’s One-Child Policy Dai Qing, Beijing-based investigative journalist “…Regardless of whether birth control laws prohibit or encourage procreation, if such laws are based simply on the whims of a dictator or on statistics, they are bound to run into problems. We may not want to have…

Action Must Be Taken To End ‘Negative Aspects’ Of Girl Child Initiation Ceremonies

The Guardian: Child marriage: we must urge action to stop girls’ initiation rites Persilia Muianga, World Vision senior child protection manager “At a recent international conference in the Moroccan city of Casablanca, a light was shed on to the practice of initiation ceremonies in which girls as young as eight…

Analysis Examines Efforts To Re-Impose Mexico City Policy, Defund UNFPA

Guttmacher Institute: Political Interference Impedes Effectiveness of U.S. International Family Planning Assistance The news release discusses an analysis published in the Guttmacher Policy Review that examines political efforts to re-impose the Mexico City Policy, also known as the “global gag rule,” and defund the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) (6/8).

FGM Prevalent In Some Parts Of Iran, Study Shows

The Guardian: Female genital mutilation practiced in Iran, study reveals “The first authoritative study into female genital mutilation in Iran has found the practice is being carried out in at least four major provinces while officials are silent on the matter…” (Dehghan, 6/4).

U.S. Official Delivers Statement On UNFPA Activities At Executive Board Meeting

U.S. Department of State: U.S. National Statement at the UNFPA Segment of the Executive Board Meeting The statement includes remarks by Margaret Pollack, director of the Office of Multilateral Coordination and External Affairs and senior adviser on Population Issues, made at a recent Executive Board meeting, in support of UNFPA…