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Menstrual Hygiene Day Addresses Challenges Around Sanitation, Hygiene

News outlets report on the world’s first Menstrual Hygiene Day, recognized on May 28. The Guardian: Menstruation misery for schoolgirls as sanitation woes hit hopes for the future “…The plight of [inadequate sanitation facilities for] girls … has prompted several charities to try to boost awareness of women’s sanitary needs…

Support For Menstruating Women With Disabilities Can Prevent Human Rights Abuses

Huffington Post: End the Stigma: Why Menstruation Matters to Women’s Rights Kriti Sharma, disability rights fellow at Human Rights Watch “…[On] May 28, a coalition of nongovernmental organizations will celebrate the first-ever Menstrual Hygiene Management Day. Around the world, countless women and girls with disabilities face stigma, often lack awareness,…

Reconstructive Surgery Offers FGM Victims Chance At Physical Recovery

The Atlantic: Trying to Rebuild Women’s Bodies After Female ‘Circumcision’ “A small number of surgeons are performing clitoral reconstruction procedures in the United States for victims of female genital mutilation, offering a chance at physical recovery…” (Khan, 5/27).

Inaugural Menstrual Hygiene Day Recognized

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Menstrual Hygiene Day: A Milestone for Women and Girls Worldwide Danielle Keiser, WASH United’s social media coordinator, writes, “This May 28th, more than 145 organizations from all over the world are coming together to celebrate the world’s first Menstrual Hygiene Day and help…

PRI Examines C-Section Birth Rate In Brazil

PRI: In Brazil, half of all mothers have c-sections — whether they want it or not “Cesarean sections were intended as emergency surgery to get a baby out of a woman’s womb when complications arose during vaginal childbirth. But in some parts of the world, they are almost standard practice…

Women’s Ability To Decide When To Have Children Impacts Families, Societies

Huffington Post: Two Simple Words: I Decide Alexander Sanger, chair of the International Planned Parenthood Council “…When women have the power to decide if and when to have children, their families become healthier, stronger and more economically solvent. … While the battle for sexual and reproductive health and rights continues…

U.N., The Guardian Back Campaign To End FGM In U.S.

The Guardian: Ban Ki-moon: FGM a ‘human rights violation’ that must end “The United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, on Monday described the practice of female genital mutilation as a ‘human rights violation’ that needed to end, on the day the Guardian threw its weight behind a campaign against the…

IPPF Campaign Pushes For Inclusion Of Reproductive Rights In Development Goals

The Guardian: ‘I decide’ campaign targets support of powerbrokers on sexual rights “A global campaign to ensure that the right of people to make decisions over their own bodies is enshrined in the next set of development goals was launched by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) on Tuesday…” (Ford,…

Campaign Urges Leaders To Include Reproductive Health, Rights In Development Agenda

Huffington Post: ‘I Decide’: A Campaign Calling on World Leaders to Put Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at the Heart of Global Development Tewodros Melesse, director general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation “…We think it is time to break the cycle of poverty. We think it is time…

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