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Blog Addresses U.S. Government’s Helms Amendment

BMJ Blogs: The BMJ Today: When the worst choice is no choice at all Abi Rimmer, BMJ Careers news reporter, discusses the U.S. government’s Helms Amendment and its impact on funding for abortion (8/14).

Improving Sexual, Reproductive Health In Kenya Will Have Positive Implications

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Improving sexual and reproductive health and rights for young adolescents in Kenya Renate Baehr, executive director of DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung), discusses the importance of improving access and attitudes around sexual and reproductive health and rights in Kenya and highlights projects that address…

Helms Amendment Interpretation Is A ‘Violation Of Women’s Human Rights’

The Hill: Helms amendment blocks aid to African women Suzanne Ehlers, CEO of Population Action International (PAI) “…For 40 years, the Helms amendment has been applied as a blanket restriction on the use of U.S. funds to pay for abortions. Since its passage, policymakers have gone beyond the letter of…

NGOs Wonder Whether Resources To End FGM, Child Marriage Will Reach Communities In Need

Devex: Gender equality takes center stage — but will resources reach the grassroots? “…[W]ith new data revealing the extent of both longstanding practices [of female genital mutilation and child marriage], representatives from organizations based in the ‘global south’ questioned whether promised resources would actually trickle down to those working directly…

Reproductive Health Needs Of Displaced Populations ‘Must Be Effectively Addressed’

Guttmacher Institute: Forcibly Displaced Populations’ Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs Must Not Be Overlooked In a “News in Context” piece, the Guttmacher Institute writes, “As UNHCR and the world cope with the growing number of forcibly displaced people, permanent and durable solutions must be the long-term focus. But as we…

Some Religious Leaders Express Concern Over Ugandan Sex Education Campaign

IRIN: Uganda teen pregnancies’ plan under fire “A new Ugandan sex education campaign to reduce teen pregnancy, maternal mortality among young women and girls, and the cost of post-abortion medical care, is generating heated debate. … Uganda’s Ethics and Integrity Ministry and religious leaders have opposed the campaign on the…

Ghana To Begin Free Sanitary Pad Program To Lower Girls’ Dropout Rates

VOA News: World Bank Loan to Subsidize Ghana School Project “Ghana’s government plans to use some of its World Bank loans to fund a free sanitary pad program for young girls in poor rural communities to reduce dropout rates. The initiative is part of a program known as the Ghana…

World Must Prioritize Health, Safety, Education For Girls

CNN: Time to stand with girls demanding change Melissa Hillebrenner, director of the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign “Thursday marks 100 days since more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted from their families and community in northeast Nigeria, a reminder of the horrors and hardships many girls face when trying…

U.N. Calls For ‘Zero Tolerance’ On Child Marriage, FGM

Inter Press Service reports from the Girl Summit in London, where the United Nations has called for an end to child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM). Inter Press Service: Focus on Child Marriage, Genital Mutilation at All-Time High “As Tuesday’s major summits here and in London focused global attention…