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U.K. Pledges $52.7M To Global FGM Response

“The British government has pledged up to £35 million [$52.7 million] to help eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) in a generation,” the Guardian reports. “At the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on Tuesday, U.K. International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone said this was the largest donor contribution to tackling the practice, which…

Guardian Reports On Discussion Of Commission On The Status of Women Outcome Document

“The link between gender-based violence and HIV infections needs to be explicit in the outcome document of the Commission on the Status of Women [CSW], delegates said this week,” the Guardian reports. “At a side event at the 57th CSW, which began in New York on Monday, activists were urged by ministers of some…

Objections To Sexual, Reproductive Rights Language In CSW Agreement Are ‘Misguided’

“[W]hile sitting through events, debates and discussions in New York [at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meeting], my recurring thought was why, in 2013, are we still arguing over whether women should have ownership of their own bodies?” Liz Ford, deputy editor of the Guardian’s global development website,…

China To Keep Family Planning Policy, Merge Health Ministry And Family Planning Commission

“China will not change its basic state policy on family planning, Wang Feng, deputy head of the State Commission Office for Public Sector Reform, told a press conference [Monday] in response to a question regarding the possibility of a change in the policy,” Xinhua reports. In addition, “[t]he State Council, China’s Cabinet,…

Think Africa Press Examines Jadelle Access Program

Think Africa Press describes how “[t]he Jadelle Access Program is aiming to make Jadelle progestogen implants — a long-acting and reversible form of contraception — available to more than 27 million women in more than 50 countries worldwide.” “Born out of a partnership between Bayer HealthCare (the makers of the implant),…

U.N. CSW Adopts Declaration Urging End To Violence Against Women, Girls

“A United Nations policy-making body has agreed upon a declaration urging an end to violence against women and girls despite concerns from conservative Muslim countries and the Vatican about references to women’s sexual and reproductive rights,” Al Jazeera reports (3/16). “Iran, Libya, Sudan and other Muslim nations ended threats to…

London Summit On Family Planning Poised To Provide 'Staggering' Results

The “groundbreaking” London Summit on Family Planning, scheduled for July 11, “aims to provide an additional 120 million women … lifesaving contraceptives, information, and services by 2020,” Gary Darmstadt, who heads the Family Health Division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog. If that goal is reached, the health and economic benefits would be “staggering,” he says, laying out the five guiding principles to the world’s “collective efforts to revitalize family planning.” Those principles include improving “political commitment, funding, and collaboration”; promoting equal rights among women and girls; strengthening voluntary family planning programs under existing infrastructure; and holding stakeholders accountable, he writes, and concludes, “The time to come together is now. The global community has the chance to achieve transformational results that will save millions of lives” (6/28).

Melinda Gates Discusses Access To Contraceptives On 'The Colbert Report'

“As a young woman, I felt confident in my future because I knew I had the power to plan my family,” Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in this post in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog. “What if every girl and woman in the world, even the poorest, had the opportunity to determine her future?” she asks and provides video footage of her addressing this question on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” on Wednesday. “Surely, there’s no controversy in all of us coming together to help women and girls lead healthy and productive lives,” she writes and asks readers to “pledge [their] support around the uncontroversial idea that every girl and woman deserves the opportunity to determine her future” (6/28).

GlobalPost Blog Examines Large-Scale Public Sector Condom Distribution Campaigns In U.S. Versus Abroad

GlobalPost’s “Global Pulse” blog profiles Washington, D.C.’s public condom distribution campaign, the Rubber Revolution Campaign, one of only a handful of large-scale public sector condom distribution campaigns in the U.S., and examines why public sector condom campaigns are more common outside of the U.S. “In other parts of the world, public sector condom campaigns are standard, [according to Michael Kharfen, bureau chief of partnerships and community outreach at the D.C. Department of Health], while in the United States they are primarily run through non-profit organizations,” the blog writes, noting, “Kharfen added that there is a lesson to be learned from other countries’ efforts to promote condom use through social marketing and public education.”