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Gambian President Announces Immediate FGM Ban

The Guardian: The Gambia bans female genital mutilation “The Gambia has announced it will ban female genital mutilation (FGM) after The Guardian launched a global campaign to end the practice. The president, Yahya Jammeh, said [November 23] that the controversial surgical intervention would be outlawed. He said the ban would…

U.N. Marks International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women

News outlets report on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, recognized on November 25. U.N. News Centre: U.N. urges ‘zero tolerance at the highest levels of leadership’ to end violence against women and girls “Ending gender-based violence is a top priority for achieving the United Nations…

Zika Viral Infection Linked To Birth Defects In Brazilian Infants, Health Officials Say

Associated Press: Brazil links dengue-like virus to birth defects in babies “The dengue-like Zika virus has been linked for the first time to cases of babies being born with small heads, or microcephaly, Brazil’s government said. … Researchers with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are coming soon…

U.N. Marks Universal Children’s Day, Says World Remains ‘Deeply Unfair’ Place For Children Despite Progress

U.N. News Centre: On Universal Children’s Day, U.N. says world remains ‘deeply unfair’ place for children “Marking Universal Children’s Day, the United Nations [Friday] highlighted that the world remains a ‘deeply unfair’ place for the poorest and most disadvantaged children despite major advances since the adoption of the Convention on…

Simple Interventions Can Help Continue To Reduce Child Mortality

TIME: How the World Is Improving Children’s Health (And Where We’re Falling Short) Editorial Board “…In recognition of the [Declaration of the Rights of the Child], every Nov. 20 is now observed as Universal Children’s Day, and … [t]he news this year, as in so many other years, is decidedly…