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Pope Francis Urges Nations To ‘Feed People, Not Wars’ In Address At U.N. WFP

Deutsche Welle: Pope condemns ‘paradox’ of guns but no food in conflict zones “Pope Francis told a meeting at the U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP) that preventing supplies from reaching war zones was a violation of international law, adding that the world faced a ‘strange paradox.’ Francis’ visit to the…

Addressing Inequality Critical To Ending AIDS

The Guardian: It isn’t lack of drugs preventing us eradicating AIDS, but inequality Lilianne Ploumen, Dutch minister for foreign trade and development cooperation “…It’s time that we as governments, together with our civil society partners, tackle the discrimination that prevents those infected with HIV from seeking and finding assistance and…

Turkish President Calls On Muslims To Reject Contraception To Promote Population Growth, Angering Women’s Rights Group

Agence France-Presse: Family planning not for Muslims, says Turkey’s Erdogan “Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that family planning and contraception were not for Muslim families, in his latest comments promoting population growth that angered women’s activists…” (Williams, 5/30). Newsweek: Turkey’s Erdogan Calls on Muslims to Reject Birth…

Faith Leaders Have Opportunity To Advance Women’s Health, Rights

Inter Press Service: Religious Leaders Can End Harmful Cultural Practices & Advance Women’s Empowerment Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and Siddharth Chatterjee, UNFPA representative to Kenya “…Passion and compassion for those who suffer are key pillars of most faiths, and this is why leaders of religion are…

Abortion Legal In Colombia, But Women Face Barriers To Accessing Procedure

Foreign Policy: Colombia’s Pro-Lifers Are Objectively Pro-Zika “…Before 2006, Colombia was one of three countries in the region that completely banned abortion. But that year, a group of human rights lawyers won a hard-fought constitutional battle, and the country’s Constitutional Court overturned the ban. … [T]hanks to a byzantine bureaucracy,…

Pakistan, Afghanistan Begin Synchronized Polio Immunization Campaigns In Border Areas

Inter Press Service: Challenges of Polio Vaccination “Pakistan and Afghanistan, the two remaining polio-endemic countries, have joined forces to eradicate poliomyelitis by vaccinating their children in synchronized campaigns. The two neighboring countries — sharing a 2,400 km long and porous border — have been bracketed as the stumbling block in…

International NGO CMMB Pledges $500M To Achieving Maternal, Child Health SDGs

Inter Press Service: NGO Pledges $500 Million Towards Sustainable Development Goals “CMMB — Healthier Lives Worldwide — a leading international nonprofit health non-governmental organization (NGO) — has pledged 500 million dollars to help implement the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — with a specific focus on maternal, newborn, child, and…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding World Water Day

The Hill: We can do better on water Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) “…The national and global need for increased investment in water infrastructure is desperate and urgent. We have the resources to take action — what’s been lacking is the urgency to pull the pieces together. This World Water Day,…

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