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Sierra Leone Islands Use Midwives To Reduce Maternal Mortality

Inter Press Service: How Midwives on Sierra Leone’s Almost Untouched Turtle Islands are Improving Women’s Health “…For island communities [off the southwest peninsula of Sierra Leone] that have very little access to the mainland, basic health information is difficult to come by, therefore the risks — especially those pertaining to…

Pope Francis Must Address Women’s Reproductive Well-Being

The Guardian: Pope Francis has done little to improve women’s lives Tina Beattie, professor of Catholic studies at the University of Roehampton in London “Pope Francis has repeatedly said he wants a poor church of the poor. … He has also acknowledged the need to give women a greater say…

State Department Recognizes Women’s Equality Day

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Celebrating Women’s Equality Day Catherine Russell, U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, recognizes Women’s Equality Day, which takes place each year on August 26, and discusses the U.S. commitment “to continuing [the] fight [for equal opportunities] for every woman and girl around the globe” (8/26).

Drugs To Prevent Premature Labor Deaths Underused, Lancet Study Says

New York Times: Premature Labor Drugs Underused, Study Says “Each year, roughly one million children worldwide die after being born prematurely, yet two strategies that are effective in preventing these deaths are largely underused, researchers have found. … [T]he largest study to examine use of these drugs worldwide, which included…

Advocacy, Grassroots Organizations Educate, Empower Adolescents In Bangladesh

Inter Press Service: Bangladeshi Girls Seek Equal Opportunity “…Called ‘Kishori Abhijan,’ meaning ‘Empowering Adolescents,’ the project is a brainchild of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and educates young people on a range of issues, from gender roles, sex discrimination, and early marriage, to reproductive health, personal hygiene, and preventing…

The Guardian Interviews U.N. Women Executive Director

The Guardian: U.N. Women’s Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on women’s empowerment “Longtime champion of social justice and women’s rights, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka offers her thoughts on the important role women have to play in economies…” (8/21).

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Address Ongoing Ebola Outbreak

An editorial and several opinion pieces address the ongoing Ebola outbreak. The Lancet: Ebola: a failure of international collective action Editorial Board “…Although WHO is now leading the international response to the crisis, it was initially slow to act at the high level that was needed. … The crisis shows…

Gender Considerations Important For Global Health Interventions

IntraHealth’s “Vital”: What Does Gender Equality Mean for Health Workers — and for Health Systems? Caitlin Snyder, an IntraHealth-UNC fellow, discusses the importance of gender considerations in health programs and systems, and notes, “…You can explore these concepts further in the Global Health eLearning Center’s new online course, Gender and…

Despite Anti-Child Marriage Law, India Home To One In Three Child Brides Globally

Inter Press Service: India: Home to One in Three Child Brides “…A recent United Nations report entitled ‘Ending Child Marriage — Progress and Prospects’ found that, despite the existence of a stringent anti-child marriage law, India ranks sixth among countries with the highest prevalence of child marriages across the globe…”…

Ebola Response Must Incorporate Gender Lens

Foreign Policy: Why Are So Many Women Dying From Ebola? Lauren Wolfe, journalist and director of Women Under Siege “Sitting in her house in Massachusetts, [Martha Anker, a former statistician in communicable disease surveillance and response at the WHO,] had a gut feeling: that Ebola, as it had in the…