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Ensuring Care, Dignity For Women, Young Girls In S. Sudan Is Urgent

Inter Press Service: OP-ED: Violence Leaves Women, Girls, and Young People on the Edge in South Sudan Julitta Onabanjo, regional director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) East and Southern Africa Region “As with many conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies around the world, those who suffer the most are…

Empowerment Of Women Can Be ‘Global Game-Changer’

Inter Press Service: Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture It! Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of U.N. Women “…A billion women will enter the world economy in the next decade. With equal opportunities, their impact on our future prosperity will be a global game-changer. We can and must turn this picture to…

European Parliament Needs Strong Development Committee To Deliver E.U. Policies

EurActiv: Sound development policies need a strong parliamentary committee Matt Foster, director of strategy and program effectiveness for Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) “…It is absolutely essential that the upcoming European Parliament elections on the 22-25th of May deliver a group of strong [members of the European Parliament (MEPs)] who, through…

EGPAF Forges Ahead To Prevent Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission

Huffington Post: Reaching Our 20 Millionth Woman Chip Lyons, president and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation “…For the past decade, our programs have expanded to better address the PMTCT cascade. Our work must continue around strengthening and integrating health systems and building local capacity so that every…

More Action Needed To Determine Vaccines’ Heat Stability, Develop Better Cold Chains

The Guardian: Vaccine development: thinking out of the cold box Kate Elder, vaccines policy adviser for Médecins Sans Frontières’ Access Campaign “…[M]ore attention, and funds, need to be paid towards strengthening logistics and cold chain systems in these poorer countries, but we also need more action from the vaccine manufacturers…

Accelerating Innovation Will Help End Extreme Poverty

Washington Post: What I learned from Bill Gates Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group “… Recently, I had the opportunity to have a long discussion with Bill Gates, and our conversation naturally turned to what inspires innovation. … Bill’s message was that we shouldn’t sit and wait…

Obama Administration Should Make Women’s, Girls’ Rights Central To Foreign Policy

CNN: Why it’s time to put women’s issues at center of foreign policy Janet Fleischman, senior associate at the CSIS Global Health Policy Center “The international outrage over Boko Haram’s abduction of schoolgirls in Nigeria has grown since the story first hit the news; mothers in Nigeria took action and…

E.U. Nations Should ‘Contribute Their Fair Share’ To GAVI Alliance

EurActiv: E.U. must put its aid money where its mouth is on GAVI replenishment Renate Baehr, executive director of Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung (DSW) “…On May 20th, the European Commission will host the GAVI Alliance to discuss its future funding needs as the organization looks to expand its support for investment…

CDC, WHO Vigilant Over MERS

CBS New York: The MERS Outbreak: Is The Government Doing Enough? “…The CDC and WHO appear to be doing everything they can to prevent a full-blown MERS crisis, however many are still concerned about the virus’ fate, including the White House. … Only time will tell how the deadly MERS…

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