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Indian Medical Students Use Poetry To Eliminate Taboos Surrounding Menstruation

The Guardian: Indian medical students use pads and poems to tackle period taboos “…Menstrual health is a serious issue for the 355 million women of reproductive age in India. Only 12 percent use sanitary pads, and tampons are rare. For the rest of India’s menstruating women, a reusable rag is…

Parliamentary Commission In Poland Rejects Proposal For Complete Abortion Ban

Associated Press: After mass protests, Poland won’t back total abortion ban “Lawmakers with Poland’s ruling right-wing party voted in a tumultuous parliamentary commission session to reject a proposal for a total ban on abortion. … However, the proposal must still go to a vote to the full assembly of the…

Women In Poland Protest Legislative Proposal For Total Ban On Abortion

Associated Press: Women in Poland strike to protest proposal for abortion ban “Polish women donned black, waved black flags, and took to Poland’s streets in large numbers on Monday, boycotting jobs and classes as part of a nationwide strike to protest a legislative proposal for a total ban on abortion…”…

Sierra Leone Officials Not Enforcing FGM Ban, The Guardian Reports

The Guardian: Captured and cut: FGM returns to Sierra Leone despite official ban “…FGM has been banned in the country since emergency health measures were introduced after the Ebola outbreak in 2014. But despite the continued ban, the practice has returned through all-female secret societies … and condemnation by the…

Youth Engagement In Family Planning Programs, Advocacy Essential To Reach FP2020 Goal

Global Health NOW: Family Planning, Future Planning Jose G. “Oying” Rimon II, director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health and senior scientist in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health “Engaging young people in…

UNESCO Releases New Comprehensive Sexuality Education Video For Young People

U.N. News Centre: UNESCO unveils video on comprehensive sexuality education for young people “The United Nations cultural agency [Monday] released a new video that outlines how comprehensive sexuality education helps young people develop the knowledge and skills to make conscious, healthy, and responsible choices about relationships and sexuality. The Being…

Global Leaders, International Community Should Prioritize Funding To Ensure Women, Girls Have Access To Contraceptives

Huffington Post: World Contraception Day: Saving and transforming women’s lives Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) “…Family planning is one of the best investments countries can make for women’s empowerment, gender equality, and economic prosperity. … But far too many women and couples still lack…

Opinion Piece Highlights 4 Ways To Improve Family Planning Programs

Devex: 4 ways to strengthen family planning programs Erica Belanger, advocacy adviser at the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and Angela Mutunga, East Africa regional program adviser for Advance Family Planning “…[T]he success of family planning programs can only be achieved if the necessary supplies are accessible, available, and affordable to…

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