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Philippines Government Must Support Reproductive Health Law

“Women in the Philippines have lacked autonomy over their bodies for decades. The overwhelming political power of the country’s Catholic church leaders — and the government’s acquiescence to many of their demands — has resulted in reproductive health care restrictions so severe they amount to human rights violations,” Melissa Upreti,…

ABC News Examines How Newly Selected Pope’s Stance On Contraception Might Impact Catholic Organizations Working On HIV/AIDS

ABC News examines how the selection of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina to be Pope might impact Catholic organizations’ work in disease prevention, including HIV/AIDS prevention. According to ABC News, the Guardian reports that Bergoglio, now known as Pope Francis, “takes a slightly more pragmatic view on contraception, believing that it can be…

New York Times Examines Muslim Brotherhood’s Objections To CSW Declaration; U.N. Members Continue To Push For Compromise

“Now, with a leader of the [Muslim] Brotherhood’s political arm in Egypt’s presidential palace and its members dominating Parliament, some deeply patriarchal views the organization has long taught its members are spilling into public view,” the New York Times reports, noting astatement released this week by the Brotherhood objecting to “a proposed United Nations…

Objections From Vatican, Iran, Russia Threatening CSW Document

“Halfway into their two-week annual meeting, delegates to the Commission on the Status of Women fear they will not be able to agree on a final communiqué, just like last year,” a New York Times editorial writes. “Delegates and activists are pointing fingers at the Vatican, Iran and Russia for trying to…

Delegates At CSW Meeting Push To Reach Compromise On Final Document

“Delegates to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women are racing to reach a consensus deal on a final document by Friday, and some diplomats say the future of the commission — a global policy-making body created in 1946 for the advancement of women — is at risk…

New Pope Should Consider ‘Hidden Burden’ Of NTDs

“Almost certainly, in its deliberations [to select a new Pope,] the conclave of cardinals will consider a number of difficult and well-publicized problems now facing the Catholic Church,” Peter Hotez, co-editor in chief of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, writes in the journal’s “Speaking of Medicine” blog. “However, one issue I…

Taliban Alleged To Have Stopped Annual Polio Vaccination Program In Rural Afghanistan

“The Taliban have halted an annual polio vaccination campaign in a remote part of Afghanistan, according to a senior official, raising concerns that opposition to the critical immunization drive could be spilling across from insurgent groups in neighboring Pakistan,” the Guardian reports. Tamim Nuristani, governor of the remote Nuristan province, said…

Objections To Sexual, Reproductive Rights Language In CSW Agreement Are ‘Misguided’

“[W]hile sitting through events, debates and discussions in New York [at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meeting], my recurring thought was why, in 2013, are we still arguing over whether women should have ownership of their own bodies?” Liz Ford, deputy editor of the Guardian’s global development website,…

Guardian Reports On Discussion Of Commission On The Status of Women Outcome Document

“The link between gender-based violence and HIV infections needs to be explicit in the outcome document of the Commission on the Status of Women [CSW], delegates said this week,” the Guardian reports. “At a side event at the 57th CSW, which began in New York on Monday, activists were urged by ministers of some…

U.N. Member States Gather In New York For 57th Meeting Of Commission On The Status Of Women

“Member states of the United Nations will gather in New York for the next two weeks to discuss the elimination of violence against women and girls,” GlobalPost’s “Rights” blog reports, noting “the United Nations’ annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will hold meetings, discussions, debate and make decisions on how…