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Women Are Not ‘Commodities,’ Deserve Equal Rights, U.N. Official Says

The Guardian: Women must be treated as human beings, not commodities, says U.N. “Women and girls are not commodities and must be treated as human beings with equal rights to men, politicians from across the world who are gathered at a conference in Stockholm heard on Wednesday. Babatunde Osotimehin, the…

Contraception Access Can Change Course Of Population Growth, Climate Change

Al Jazeera America: Family planning for climate change Malcolm Potts, director of the Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, and J. Brian Atwood, chair of global policy studies at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs…

Global Health Community Must Address Acid Attacks

“At a recent social function benefiting the Acid Survivors Foundation, I learned about an insidious worldwide problem that barely figures on the global health radar, but should. Acid violence, sometimes called acid throwing or an acid attack, involves throwing or pouring acid onto a person with the intent of killing…

Sanitary Napkins Can Help Improve Women’s Health, Education

The Atlantic: How Sanitary Pads Can Help Women Improve Their Health and Education Betsy Teutsch, contributor “…Many women living in poverty use rags, newspaper, or even mud to manage their menstrual periods. None of these work very well and can introduce infections or injuries; they also circumscribe women’s movement. ……

Opposition To Abortion Prevents Gender Equality

Al Jazeera: In global health, abortion bears the scarlet A Jill Filipovic, lawyer, writer, and a columnist at The Guardian “…At its most basic level, abortion access allows women to be equal players in society. Surviving childbirth is a baseline, not a goal. There is no way for a society…

HPV Vaccine Effective Among Women With HIV, Study Shows

New York Times: Cancer Vaccine Proves Effective in HIV Patients “Vaccines against cervical cancer work well even in sexually active women with HIV, a new study has found. It also found that women who already have one or two strains of the cancer-causing virus can be protected against others…” (McNeil,…

U.S. State Department Releases Fact Sheet On GBV Initiative

The U.S. State Department released a fact sheet outlining the objectives of the recently launched Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Emergency Response and Protection Initiative. “This Initiative fills a critical gap by providing urgent assistance to threatened individuals with rapid, targeted, short term assistance. … [and] can assist individuals facing harmful traditional…

Kenya Can Lead On African Gender Equality

The Guardian: Does Kenya have the courage to lead on women’s rights in Africa? Faiza Jama Mohamed, Nairobi director of Equality Now, which acts as the secretariat of the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights “…If it chooses, Kenya can take a lead in Africa on gender equality, but it needs…

Activists Challenge El Salvador’s Anti-Abortion Laws

The Guardian: El Salvador: meet the women who dare to challenge the anti-abortion state “El Salvador has one of the world’s strictest abortion laws, with abortion a crime even when a woman’s life is at risk. Human rights activists say this has created a system of persecution in the country’s…