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Development Efforts Should Focus On Women, Girls

The following opinion pieces discuss focusing development efforts around women and adolescent girls. Huffington Post: Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development Gary Darmstadt, senior fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…In this week’s issue of the prestigious magazine Science, Melinda Gates weaves together her personal…

U.S. Must Step Up Efforts To Help West African Nations Address Ebola

New York Times: The Sluggish Fight Against Ebola Editorial Board “Efforts by the United States, other nations and international organizations to curb the widening epidemic of Ebola in West Africa are falling short — too little help arriving too late. … The United States can do better than this. Even…

Editorial, Opinions Discuss Issues Surrounding U.S., Global Response To Ebola

An editorial piece and several opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding the U.S. and global response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. USA TODAY: Ebola speeds up, world stands still: Our view Editorial Board “As the Ebola outbreak has picked up speed — sickening nearly 4,800 people and killing half…

More HCWs, Better Quality Care Needed To End Maternal Mortality

Huffington Post: Why We Should Judge the World on the Health of Women Jim Campbell, executive director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance “…Tackling maternal mortality may seem like a daunting challenge: a complex interplay of socio-economic, cultural, and health system factors conspire to determine life-threatening delays in seeking and…

U.K. Must Incorporate Action Against Gender-Based Violence In Its Country Plans

The Guardian: Why global violence against women and girls must become new U.K. priority Bethan Cansfield, policy manager for Womankind Worldwide “…Violence against women and girls can be described as a global pandemic: 35 percent of women will experience one form of violence in their lifetime; 30 percent will experience…

U.N. Women Works For Gender Equality

Huffington Post: Equality for Women Is Progress for All Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, U.N. Women “…I am taking the lessons I learned from our struggle to end apartheid and establish democracy in South Africa to advance equality for the world’s girls and women as the head…

Malawi President Joyce Banda Leads Campaign Against Sexual Violence

New York Times: Can One of Africa’s Most Powerful Women Stop Sexual Violence? Patrick Adams, freelance journalist “What hope is there for girls in Africa if, in the country led by one of the most powerful women on the continent, rape is repeated with ‘terrifying regularity’? That’s how UNICEF has…

Ending Violence Against Women, Girls Is Key To Advancing Progress Toward MDGs

Huffington Post: Addressing Violence Against Women and Children Is Critical to Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation and the Millennium Development Goals Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Deborah von Zinkernagel, Acting U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator “During this week’s 58th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of…

Global Hunger Is Solvable If U.S. Invests In Women

Roll Call: Women Key to Ending Global Hunger Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) and Ritu Sharma, co-founder and president of Women Thrive Worldwide “… The Global Food Security Act promotes sustainable, lasting solutions to hunger and poverty. And it does so by targeting our efforts to where they will have the…