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Guardian Reports On Discussion Of Commission On The Status of Women Outcome Document

“The link between gender-based violence and HIV infections needs to be explicit in the outcome document of the Commission on the Status of Women [CSW], delegates said this week,” the Guardian reports. “At a side event at the 57th CSW, which began in New York on Monday, activists were urged by ministers of some…

U.K. Pledges $52.7M To Global FGM Response

“The British government has pledged up to £35 million [$52.7 million] to help eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) in a generation,” the Guardian reports. “At the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on Tuesday, U.K. International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone said this was the largest donor contribution to tackling the practice, which…

U.N. Member States Gather In New York For 57th Meeting Of Commission On The Status Of Women

“Member states of the United Nations will gather in New York for the next two weeks to discuss the elimination of violence against women and girls,” GlobalPost’s “Rights” blog reports, noting “the United Nations’ annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will hold meetings, discussions, debate and make decisions on how…

New Initiative Aims To Increase Access To Jadelle Reversible Contraceptive

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Gary Darmstadt, head of the Family Health Division of the foundation, examines the Jadelle Access Program, announced last week, which aims to “reduce the price [of Jadelle] and make this effective, long-acting, reversible contraceptive more available to more than…

Gates Blog Examines Link Between Access To Contraceptives, Women’s Empowerment

“In my line of work — improving the health and well-being of women and girls — ’empowerment’ is both the end we seek and the means we use to get there,” Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog. “Our vision…

IRIN Examines Access To Reproductive Health Care In Uganda

“Boosting women’s access to reproductive health care could significantly reduce both the number of unsafe abortions and the high cost of post-abortion medical care in Uganda, experts say,” IRIN reports. “Although there are few studies on the subject, experts estimate that some 297,000 abortions are performed annually, with 85,000 women treated for…

IPS Examines Health Implications Of Child Marriage In Afghanistan

Inter Press Service examines the relationship between child marriage and the health of women and girls in Afghanistan. “In Afghanistan, the maternal mortality rate is on the rise; hospitals are filling up with anemic women and girls; and in over 200 districts, high schools are devoid of even a single female…

Access To Contraception a ‘Core Human Right’ For Women Everywhere

“The right to decide whether to have children, how many to have, and when to have them is a core human right for women everywhere, and having the option of a full range of contraceptive methods ensures that this right can be upheld,” Pamela Barnes, president and CEO of EngenderHealth,…

Blog Posts Examine Different Contraceptive Methods

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog features an ongoing series titled “What’s Your Method?” that provides posts about many of the contraceptive options for women and girls worldwide and how different organizations are working to ensure these methods become accessible options for women who want and need…

Gates Foundation Blog Series Examines Contraception Options For Women, Girls

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Gary Darmstadt, head of the family health division at the foundation, and Monica Kerrigan, a family planning expert, introduce the blog’s new series, “What’s Your Method?,” which “offers a window into many of the contraceptive options for women and…