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U.S. House Passes Legislation To Improve Female Birth Data, Promote Legal Rights Of Women

Devex: U.S. House votes to make girls count “Women and girls in developing countries found support on Capitol Hill, as the U.S. House of Representatives passed Wednesday two pieces of legislation aimed to improve data around female births and encourage more U.S.-funded scholarships for Pakistani women. .. The Girls Count…

Egyptian Court Acquits Doctor In FGM Trial

News outlets report on an Egyptian court’s acquittal of a doctor charged with performing female genital mutilation on a young girl that led to her death. Associated Press: Egypt acquits doctor in female genital mutilation “An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted a doctor charged with performing female genital mutilation that led to…

Mozambique Aims To Lower Cervical Cancer Rate With Screenings, HPV Vaccinations

VOA News: Mozambique Rolls Out Cervical Cancer Vaccines for School Girls “Mozambique has one of the world’s highest rates of cervical cancer, a disease that kills 4,000 women there every year. A new plan to vaccinate 10-year-old girls could turn the tide in the fight against a devastating illness that…

World Must Take Actions To End Violence Against Women

Huffington Post: It’s Time to Fulfill the Promise to End Violence Against Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of U.N. Women “Every year, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women [November 25], we are reminded how every day women and girls experience violence in their lives. ……

India Should End Mass Sterilization, More Strongly Regulate Pharmaceutical Industry

New York Times: India’s Lethal Birth Control Editorial Board “…India persists in a cruel strategy of bringing down birthrates through mass female sterilization. … Thirteen women died shortly after undergoing tubal ligations on Nov. 8, in what in India is called a ‘sterilization camp.’ … Faced with public outrage, Prime…

Melinda Gates Discusses Importance Of Clean, Safe Toilets In India

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: The Spirit of Swachh Bharat: Safe Sanitation for Women and Girls Melinda Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses the lack of clean and safe toilets in India, the impact on women and girls, and a citizen movement…

Nigeria Should Commit To Policies That Promote Family Planning, UNFPA Head Says

Associated Press: U.N. Agency Encourages Family Planning in Nigeria “The executive director of the United Nations Population Fund is encouraging family planning in Nigeria to manage the country’s population growth. Babatunde Osotimehin told the Associated Press that allowing women to decide when to have children would benefit Nigeria’s economy…” (Oduah,…

Egypt Sees Slow Reduction In FGM, But Practice Still Widespread

Associated Press: Egypt making slow progress on genital mutilation “Raslan Fadl, the first doctor in Egypt to be put on trial for committing female genital mutilation, is still practicing even through a 13-year-old girl died after he performed the procedure. … Fadl’s continued popularity demonstrates the challenges to curbing the…