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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…

Girl Summit Will Push Momentum Against Child Marriage, FGM

Huffington Post: For a Better World for All Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA executive director, and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, U.N. under-secretary-general and U.N. Women executive director “…Recognizing that these practices cannot be justified on the grounds of religion or culture, there is a growing number of countries with ‘zero tolerance’ of FGM and…

U.N. Warns Shrinking Number Of Girls In India Reaches ‘Emergency Proportions’

Reuters: India faces crisis over dwindling numbers of girls, U.N. says “The dwindling numbers of Indian girls, caused by the illegal abortion of millions of babies, has reached ‘emergency proportions,’ fueling an increase in crimes such as kidnapping and trafficking, the United Nations warned on Tuesday…” (Bhalla, 7/22).

GHTC Provides Roundup Of Recent Global Health Research News

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Research Roundup: Smart power, TB research, female condoms, HIV resource tracking, and more Nick Taylor, GHTC’s senior program assistant, highlights “some of the most interesting reads in global health research from the past week” (7/21).

New Female Condoms Under Development With Gates Foundation Grant Assistance

Bloomberg News: Female Condoms’ New Fit Adds Pleasure to Fight Disease “…Last month, [the] plan for a new female condom moved closer to reality. The product was one of 11 contraceptive projects to win $1.1 million in exploration grants from billionaire Bill Gates’s philanthropic foundation, and one of three focused…

Melinda Gates, Bill Frist Call On Faith Leaders To Support Maternal, Child Health

The Tennessean: Melinda Gates, Bill Frist call for global focus on maternal and child health “…The Gates Foundation has partnered with former Sen. Bill Frist and his Nashville-based global health organization Hope Through Healing Hands. Together, they created the Faith-Based Coalition for Healthy Mothers and Children Worldwide, whose mission is…

New Single-Dose Form Of Contraceptive Shot Being Introduced In Africa

New York Times: New Contraceptive Shot Being Released in Africa “An easy-to-use new form of the injectable contraceptive Depo-Provera was introduced last week in Burkina Faso, the first of four African countries in which it will be rolled out this year. The new form is a Uniject capsule — a…

Women’s Rights Activists Push To End FGM In Gambia

Inter Press Service: Time to “Drop the Knife” for FGM in The Gambia “Women’s rights activists in the Gambia are insisting that more than 30 years of campaigning to raise awareness should be sufficient to move the government to outlaw female genital mutilation (FGM). The practice remains widespread in this…