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Opinion Pieces Mark International Day Of Zero Tolerance For FGM/C

The Lancet: FGM: the mutilation of girls and young women must stop Audrey Ceschia, senior editor at The Lancet “Feb 6, 2015, marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, a day to reflect on one of the most cruel of human practices — an ancestral tradition…

U.S. Policies Interfere With Women’s Access To Safe Abortions

GlobalPost: Unsafe abortions kill 47,000 worldwide as U.S. politics interfere with lifesaving efforts John Seager, president and CEO of Population Connection “…We need to give women everywhere access to voluntary family planning services. Allow me to state the obvious: Fewer unplanned and unwanted pregnancies mean fewer abortions. … Sadly, though,…

Investment In Reproductive Health R&D In Developing Countries Is Small

Global Health Technology Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: The state of reproductive health R&D for developing countries “…Dale Halliday — an analyst at Policy Cures — discusses the finding of Policy Cures’ report on funding for reproductive health technology research and development (R&D) in developing countries” and notes that “[c]onsidering the health burden,…

Access To Birth Control Could Help Curb Climate Change, Researchers, Policy Experts Say

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Birth control access key means of reaching climate goals — experts “…[T]he rising population in Pakistan — and elsewhere around the world — is creating more climate-changing emissions and putting more people in the path of extreme weather, food and water shortages, and other climate change pressures.…

U.S. Government Working With Partners To End FGM

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Five Powerful Stories About FGM/C You Need To Hear Catherine Russell, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, writes, “Whether you care about global health, good governance, international development, or human rights, the many stories of FGM/C are ones we need to hear and share.”…

Male Involvement In Maternal Health Important For Family Health

Maternal Health Task Force’s “MHTF Blog”: Can male involvement improve maternal health? Olena Ivanova of the International Centre for Reproductive Health in Belgium discusses the importance of male involvement in maternal health efforts and highlights several challenges to increased involvement. “…There is a significant need to scale up men’s participation…

Chilean President Bachelet Proposes Legalizing Abortion In Some Cases

BBC News: Chile’s President Bachelet proposes end to total abortion ban “Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has announced plans to end a total ban on abortions in the predominantly Roman Catholic country. Ms. Bachelet has tabled a bill in Congress to legalize abortion in cases of rape or when there is…

Relaxation Of One-Child Policy In Shanghai Prompting Few Women To Have Second Child

New York Times: In Shanghai, Easing of One-Child Rule Isn’t Seen as Cure for Challenges Ahead “…With one of the lowest fertility rates in China and the country’s fastest-aging population, the city is growing anxious about the demographic and social welfare challenges ahead, researchers say. Under relaxed family planning rules…

Upcoming Delhi Conference Presents Opportunity To Review, Strengthen Global Strategy For Women, Children, Adolescents

The Lancet: Women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health: who will lead? Editorial Board “…In less than a month in Delhi, India (Feb. 26–27), a consultation will take place on transitioning the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health (2010-15) into a post-2015 environment. … Although these changes should ensure a much…

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