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Grassroots Efforts To Terminate Pregnancies Need Support

RH Reality Check: How Women Took Their Reproductive Rights Into Their Own Hands Leila Hessini, chair of the Global Fund for Women board “…Although pregnancy termination is one of the most common experiences people have across the globe, reproductive rights are often ignored by local health, community, or legal systems.…

Better Access To Surgical Care Could Avert 1.5M Deaths Annually

World Bank: Surgery Could Save Millions of Lives in Developing Countries The World Bank Group published a new book on how better access to surgical care can avert 1.5 million deaths a year. The book, titled “‘Essential Surgery,’ launched at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health sixth annual conference in…

DfID Should Have Done More To End FGM In Sierra Leone, British MPs Say

The Guardian: MPs take aim at DfID as inaction on FGM in Sierra Leone heads list of ‘failures’ ” …The [U.K. Parliament’s International Development Committee] chided DfID for failing to do more to stamp out FGM in Sierra Leone and said that, since the practice had stopped during the Ebola…

The Guardian Examines Progress On Gender Equality Under MDG3

The Guardian: What is the Millennium Development Goal on gender equality all about? This fact sheet discusses MDG3 on gender equality, progress toward the targets, shortcomings of the goal, and how MDG3 will be represented in the Sustainable Development Goals (Ford, 3/26). The Guardian: Have the Millennium Development Goals empowered…

Providing Access To Clean Water In Villages Can Reduce Burden On Women, Girls

Huffington Post: The Most Important Women’s Issue You’ve Never Heard of Richard Stearns, president of World Vision “…In developing countries, women and children — usually girls — spend 140 million hours each day fetching water, equivalent to a workforce of 25 million working eight hour days. That’s why I think…

Improving WASH Access For Women Would Benefit Global Productivity, Economy, Report Says

Forbes: Water Access Improvements Will Improve Global Productivity “The Water For Women report released [Friday] written by a private-public partnership for the United Nations World Water Day highlights how very much global productivity can rise if the access of the poorer half of the world’s population to water improves. ……