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NGOs Wonder Whether Resources To End FGM, Child Marriage Will Reach Communities In Need

Devex: Gender equality takes center stage — but will resources reach the grassroots? “…[W]ith new data revealing the extent of both longstanding practices [of female genital mutilation and child marriage], representatives from organizations based in the ‘global south’ questioned whether promised resources would actually trickle down to those working directly…

PSI-Zimbabwe Says Cervical Cancer Screening Demand Up Among Women

Newsday: Demand for cervical cancer screening surges “A Population Services International-Zimbabwe (PSI) top official [on Monday] said demand for cervical cancer screening had surged over the past months as more and more women were now keen to know their health status…” (Nyela, 7/29).

Obama Speaks Out Against FGM, Calls Young African Leaders To Action

News outlets report on President Obama’s criticism of gender oppression in Africa and his call for young African leaders to empower women. Associated Press: Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa “President Barack Obama criticized gender oppression in Africa that he said is ‘crippling’ development in some countries, speaking out…

Forced Sterilization Mistakenly Believed To Stop HIV Transmission

The Guardian: Women with HIV fight crushing injustice of forcible sterilization “…Speaking at the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne, [South African human rights activist Sthembiso] Mthembu said global action was needed to stop women being forced into the procedure [of sterilization], in the mistaken belief it stopped HIV transmission. ……

Men, Women, Children Kidnapped For Sexual Slavery In DRC, MSF Says

The Guardian: Sexual slavery rife in Democratic Republic of the Congo, says MSF “Men, women and children are being kidnapped and held for months as slaves by militias in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Health care professionals working for Médicins sans Frontières in the gold and diamond mining…

Ghana To Begin Free Sanitary Pad Program To Lower Girls’ Dropout Rates

VOA News: World Bank Loan to Subsidize Ghana School Project “Ghana’s government plans to use some of its World Bank loans to fund a free sanitary pad program for young girls in poor rural communities to reduce dropout rates. The initiative is part of a program known as the Ghana…

FGM Procedures Done In Secret In Kenya

The Guardian: Kenyan girls taken to remote regions to undergo FGM in secret “Parents are taking their daughters to remote regions of Kenya to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) in secret, according to the head of the country’s new FGM prosecution unit…” (Topping, 7/24).

Early Marriage, FGM Connected To Other Injustices Girls Endure

The Guardian: Patriarchy allows child marriage and female genital mutilation to flourish Ghadeer Malek, Rachel Arinii, and Nelly Bassily, members of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development “…The commitments made at the Girl Summit on eradicating FGM and child marriage, the focus on tougher laws (including putting the onus…

Enforcing Reparations Can Empower Sexual Violence Survivors In DRC

Inter Press Service: Empowering DR Congo’s Sexual Violence Survivors by Enforcing Reparations Sucharita Varanasi, senior program officer with Physicians for Human Rights “…Understanding the various hurdles that a [sexual violence] survivor must overcome in accessing the formal legal system is the first step in a survivor’s pursuit of justice. ……