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FGM Practiced In Western, Southern Iran, Anthropologist’s Research Shows

Reuters: Anthropologist reveals FGM practiced in western, southern Iran “…[Anthropologist Kameel Ahmady] took global campaigners by surprise this month when he published a study suggesting tens of thousands of Iranian women have undergone FGM. … Ahmady’s research, based on 4,000 interviews, shows FGM is also performed in ‘secret pockets’ of…

Blog Outlines Six Strategies To Help Women In Developing Countries With FP/RH Needs

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: What women, girls and their partners want Angela Mutunga, the East Africa program adviser for Advance Family Planning, discusses six strategies for helping women in developing countries prevent unwanted pregnancies and protect their health (6/24).

Post-2015 Development Documents Must Focus More On Women’s Needs

BMJ Blogs: Marge Berer on the global strategy for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health Marge Berer, coordinator for the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion, discusses the draft document of the post-2015 development agenda and how “a far greater commitment to democratic representation of women’s proven needs is…

Annual Development Assistance For Health In Developing Countries Up Since 1990, But Dips From 2013 To 2014, Study Shows

News outlets highlight a study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation published Tuesday in JAMA that examines trends in global health development aid to low-income nations. HealthDay News: Health Assistance to Developing Countries Up Since 1990: Study “There has been an increase in health-related development assistance to low-income…

Improving Menstrual Hygiene Gets More Traction As Global Health Issue

NPR: People Are Finally Talking About The Thing Nobody Wants To Talk About “…[A]ddressing [menstrual hygiene] is a challenge, says [Elynn Walter, an activist who works at WASH Advocates], because even otherwise level-headed experts on poverty tend to get squeamish when the talk turns to periods. In fact, Walter thinks…

Unsafe Abortion Persists In Indonesia, GlobalPost Reports

GlobalPost: Indonesia’s secret abortion problem “In a country where abortion is illegal and talking about reproductive health is taboo, women are terminating their pregnancies in unsafe ways, often getting hurt and sometimes dying as a result. The Guttmacher Institute estimates that abortion is about 20 percent more prevalent in Indonesia…

Congress Should Permanently End ‘Global Gag Rule’

The Hill: Let’s finally end the global gag rule Dana Singiser, vice president for public policy and government relations at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Latanya Mapp Frett, executive director of Planned Parenthood Global “The good news is that recent efforts to expand family planning access globally have…

Chinese Government ‘Should Not Regulate Birth’

New York Times: Relaxing China’s One-Child Policy Dai Qing, Beijing-based investigative journalist “…Regardless of whether birth control laws prohibit or encourage procreation, if such laws are based simply on the whims of a dictator or on statistics, they are bound to run into problems. We may not want to have…

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