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Action Must Be Taken To End ‘Negative Aspects’ Of Girl Child Initiation Ceremonies

The Guardian: Child marriage: we must urge action to stop girls’ initiation rites Persilia Muianga, World Vision senior child protection manager “At a recent international conference in the Moroccan city of Casablanca, a light was shed on to the practice of initiation ceremonies in which girls as young as eight…

Analysis Examines Efforts To Re-Impose Mexico City Policy, Defund UNFPA

Guttmacher Institute: Political Interference Impedes Effectiveness of U.S. International Family Planning Assistance The news release discusses an analysis published in the Guttmacher Policy Review that examines political efforts to re-impose the Mexico City Policy, also known as the “global gag rule,” and defund the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) (6/8).

FGM Prevalent In Some Parts Of Iran, Study Shows

The Guardian: Female genital mutilation practiced in Iran, study reveals “The first authoritative study into female genital mutilation in Iran has found the practice is being carried out in at least four major provinces while officials are silent on the matter…” (Dehghan, 6/4).

U.S. Official Delivers Statement On UNFPA Activities At Executive Board Meeting

U.S. Department of State: U.S. National Statement at the UNFPA Segment of the Executive Board Meeting The statement includes remarks by Margaret Pollack, director of the Office of Multilateral Coordination and External Affairs and senior adviser on Population Issues, made at a recent Executive Board meeting, in support of UNFPA…

WHO Updates Medical Eligibility Criteria For Contraceptive Options

Al Jazeera America: WHO expands list of recommended birth control options “The World Health Organization on Monday added a series of long-acting, hormonal contraceptives to the list of globally recommended birth control methods, which will significantly reduce mothers’ risk of dying during childbirth, experts say. The WHO’s guidelines relax restrictions…

Updated WHO Contraceptive Guidelines Could Improve Maternal, Child Survival

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s “Global Health NOW”: Ready for Action: The WHO Expands Postpartum Family Planning, Increasing Chances for Maternal and Child Survival Anne Pfitzer, family planning team leader for USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program, led by Jhpiego; Rehana Gubin, Jhpiego’s technical adviser for global health…

Menstrual Hygiene Management Important Gauge Of Gender Equality

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Menstruation Matters: Why Menstrual Hygiene Management is Core to Our Contract with the Future Lisa Schechtman, director of policy and advocacy for WaterAid America, discusses the stigma attached to menstruation, writing, “…It’s time to bring difficult issues like menstruation out of the shadows,…

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