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Ebola Taking Heavier Toll On Women

Washington Post: Ebola striking women more frequently than men “As the number of lives claimed by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa rises above 1,000, the rate of infection among women is outpacing that among men because women are the caregivers, nurses, and cross-border traders, health officials report…” (Hogan, 8/14).

Experts Warn Contraceptive Access Lacking For HIV-Positive African Women

Inter Press Service: The Weakest Link of HIV Prevention in Africa — Contraception “In the rush to save babies from HIV infection and treat their mothers, experts warn that a key element of HIV prevention is being neglected in Africa — contraceptives for HIV-positive women…” (Gathigah, 8/14).

Blog Addresses U.S. Government’s Helms Amendment

BMJ Blogs: The BMJ Today: When the worst choice is no choice at all Abi Rimmer, BMJ Careers news reporter, discusses the U.S. government’s Helms Amendment and its impact on funding for abortion (8/14).

Lancet Series Shows Decriminalizing Sex Work Vital To Preventing Spread Of HIV

RH Reality Check: The Evidence Is In: Decriminalizing Sex Work Is Critical to Public Health Anna Forbes, Washington, D.C.-based writer, policy analyst, organizer, and women’s health activist, and Sarah Patterson, executive director of Persist Health Project, discuss a recently released Lancet series of articles on HIV and decriminalizing sex work…

Huffington Post Profiles Ethiopian Girl’s Experience With Early Marriage

Huffington Post: ‘I Will Keep Very Strong': An Ethiopian Girl Fights to Delay Marriage U.N. Women “…According to the 2011 Ethiopian Demographic and Health Survey, the Afar Region has the second-highest child marriage prevalence in the country. Many parents insist their daughters marry early, fearing the girls might otherwise become…

U.N. Officials Condemn Sexual Violence In Iraq

U.N. News Centre: ‘Barbaric’ sexual violence perpetrated by Islamic State militants in Iraq — U.N. “Two senior United Nations officials today condemned in the strongest terms the ‘barbaric acts’ of sexual violence and ‘savage rapes’ the armed group Islamic State (IS) has perpetrated on minorities in areas under its control…”…

Post-2015 Agenda Must Address Gender Equality, Empowering Women

Devex: We can’t put off to tomorrow what needs to be done today John Hendra, deputy executive director for policy and program at U.N. Women, discusses progress toward MDG 3, what still remains to be achieved, and what should be addressed in the post-2015 development agenda (8/13).

Helms Amendment Interpretation Is A ‘Violation Of Women’s Human Rights’

The Hill: Helms amendment blocks aid to African women Suzanne Ehlers, CEO of Population Action International (PAI) “…For 40 years, the Helms amendment has been applied as a blanket restriction on the use of U.S. funds to pay for abortions. Since its passage, policymakers have gone beyond the letter of…

Addressing Breastfeeding For Mothers With HIV

Huffington Post: What World Breastfeeding Week Means for HIV Positive Mothers Anna Coutsoudis, public health specialist “The last 20 years or so have been very difficult years for HIV-infected mothers and health-care workers because of the huge dilemma around infant feeding. Mothers faced the situation of a chance of infecting…

Secondary Education Can Improve Women, Children’s Health, Studies Find

Humanosphere: The remarkable impact of secondary education on women’s health Development blogger Tom Murphy discusses findings from two recent studies that support the claim that “secondary education might be the best way to improve the health of both mothers and their children” (8/7).