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U.N. Reports Explore Issues Facing Women Worldwide

Two U.N. reports released on Wednesday examine the conditions faced by women around the world, the New York Times reports (MacFarquhar, 10/20). The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics report, which is published every five years, offers a compilation of “the latest data documenting progress for women worldwide in eight key areas: population and families, health, education, work, power and decision-making, violence against women, environment and poverty,” according to a U.N. Statistics press release (.pdf).

New York Times Magazine Examines Individual-Initiated Foreign Aid Projects

A New York Times Magazine article by the newspaper’s Op-Ed columnist Nicolas Kristof examines a “revolution” that is “just beginning” and “might be called Do-It-Yourself Foreign Aid, because it starts with the proposition that it’s not only presidents and United Nations officials who chip away at global challenges. Passionate individuals with great ideas can do the same, especially in the age of the Internet and social media.”

Also In Global Health News: Ethiopian Foreign Aid; Forced Abortion In China; Health In Mozambique; Ultra Rice In Burundi; South African HIV Testing Campaign; Liberian Agenda On Gender Equality, HIV

Ethiopia ‘Rejected’ HRW Report Alleging Politicization Of Donor Aid The Ethiopian government “rejected charges by Human Rights Watch that it was using donor aid to suppress political dissent,” according to a statement from the foreign ministry, Agence France-Presse reports. The statement “said that a probe by a group of donors…

Also In Global Health News: Foreign Aid In Ethiopia; Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation; Health In Myanmar; Poverty In Zambia; Rwanda’s Progress on MDGs; Men Involved In PMTCT Of HIV

Ethiopian Government Restricting Opponents’ Access To Development Aid, Report Says Ethiopia’s government has been restricting access to food and other types of foreign aid among opposition supporters, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report on Tuesday, Reuters reports (Malone, 10/19). The report is based on more than 200 interviews, conducted over…

USAID Administrator Outlines Feed The Future Initiative At World Food Prize Symposium

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah on Friday in Iowa “described the Obama administration’s international agricultural development effort, Feed the Future, as a flagship effort for” his agency and “a key plank in the administration’s global development strategy, but said it can’t succeed without more support,” CongressDaily reports (Hagstrom, 10/18).

Also In Global Health News: Concurrent Partners And HIV; Disease Concerns In Pakistan; Mozambique’s Chronic Hunger Problems; Family Planning And Food In Niger; Maternal Health In Sierra Leone; Malaria In Myanmar

IRIN/PlusNews Examines Debate On The Impact Of Concurrent Partners On HIV Transmission Researchers have begun to “explore concurrency as a possible explanation for why parts of the continent have been so hard hit by HIV,” however “not everyone in the scientific community accepts the theory,” IRIN/PlusNews writes in an article…

Also In Global Health News: U.N. Women To Tackle Violence; Leishmaniasis In Afghanistan; U.N. Panel On Congo Rapes; Leprosy In East Timor; Mobile Phones In Developing World

U.N. Women Receives $10M Grant To Prevent Violence Against Women In 18 Countries  The new U.N. agency focused on women, which combines four existing agencies, has received a $10 million grant from the U.N. Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women (U.N. Trust Fund), the Women News Network/Guardian reports.…