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Myanmar’s Proposed Birth Spacing Law Could Impact Country’s Maternal Health Advances, Human Rights Group Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Myanmar population control law threatens minorities: rights group “Myanmar’s religious and ethnic minorities may be targeted, abused, and suppressed by a proposed population control law which could be a serious setback for the country’s maternal health advances, according to a U.S.-based human rights group…” (Guilbert, 4/22).

Access To Family Planning Will Help Tackle Climate Change

Huffington Post: On This Earth Day, Invest in Family Planning Alexander Sanger, chair of the International Planned Parenthood Council “…While reaching remote communities is helping to treat the side effects of climate change, the heart of our work — providing contraception — is tackling the root of climate change. We’ve…

New Book Features Essays On Women’s, Children’s Health

ONE: The Mother & Child Project Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), founder and chair of Hope Through Healing Hands, and Jenny Eaton Dyer, executive director of Hope Through Healing Hands, discuss a new book compiled by the organization that features essays written by more than 47 different…

SDGs Must Include Women’s Sexual, Reproductive Rights, Gender Equality

The Guardian: ‘Women need the same rights as men, because development needs equality’ Samah Krichah of Le Labo’ Démocratique; Nzira Deus of Movfemme; Natasha Sajjad of Rutgers WPF Pakistan; Mariana Mancilla of Balance; Diakhoumba Gassama of the Senegalese Council of Women; and Sarah Gold of the International Women’s Health Coalition…

U.S. Investments Helping Improve Contraception, Family Planning Access In Senegal

IntraHealth International’s “Vital”: U.S. and Senegalese Investments in Family Planning Are Paying Off Sara Stratton, director of West and Southern Africa programs at IntraHealth International, writes, “In Francophone West Africa, acceptance of family planning and use of modern contraception has been increasing over the last four years. … This would…

Safe Transportation Plays Role In Women, Girls’ Reproductive Health, Education

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: Traffic and Sex on the Road to School Talia Dubovi, associate director and senior fellow with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, discusses how adequate and safe transport plays a role in women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and education,…

Female Circumcision Persists In Indonesia, GlobalPost Reports

GlobalPost: The custom of female circumcision remains good business in Indonesia “…Indonesia is home to some 210 million Muslims, the world’s largest population. Researchers believe most Muslim women here are circumcised. The authorities banned the practice in 2006, but backpedaled in 2010 following pressure from some of the country’s powerful…

Unsafe Abortion Common In Senegal, Study Shows

Guttmacher Institute: Despite Legal Restrictions, Unsafe Abortion Is Common In Senegal And Thousands Of Women Are Injured Each Year “In the first national study of abortion incidence in Senegal, researchers found that clandestine abortions — almost all of them unsafe — pose a serious threat to the health of Senegalese…