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Lancet Series Examines HIV Prevention Among Sex Workers

News outlets discuss findings of a new series of articles in The Lancet on HIV and sex workers, which was first presented at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. VOA News: Sex Workers Seek HIV Prevention “A new series in the medical journal The Lancet says achieving an…

Cameron Calls For Worldwide Ban On FGM, Child Marriage At Girl Summit

News outlets discuss the Girl Summit in London and report on British Prime Minister David Cameron’s call for a ban on female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. Agence France-Presse: Worldwide FGM ban sought at ‘Girl Summit’ “Prime Minister David Cameron called on Tuesday for a worldwide ban on female…

25% Of C. American HIV-Positive Women Being Pressured Into Sterilization, Study Shows

Thomson Reuters Foundation: One in four HIV-positive women in Central America pressured to sterilize — study “HIV-positive women in Central America are being pressured to undergo sterilization by prejudiced health workers and misled about the risk of the virus being transmitted to their unborn children, a study showed…” (Nguyen, 7/23).

U.N. Warns Shrinking Number Of Girls In India Reaches ‘Emergency Proportions’

Reuters: India faces crisis over dwindling numbers of girls, U.N. says “The dwindling numbers of Indian girls, caused by the illegal abortion of millions of babies, has reached ‘emergency proportions,’ fueling an increase in crimes such as kidnapping and trafficking, the United Nations warned on Tuesday…” (Bhalla, 7/22).

Experts Warn Child Marriage, FGM Threaten Development Progress

News outlets discuss a new report from UNICEF on child marriages and genital mutilation, as well as the first summit to end child marriages. Associated Press: Britain, U.N. host 1st summit to end child marriages “More than 700 million women alive today were married before they turned 18, the United…

Opinion Pieces Address Ending Child Marriage, FGM

The following opinion pieces discuss the Girl Summit taking place this week in London. The Guardian: As long as it exists, child marriage will stand in the way of gender equality Heather Hamilton, global coordinator of Girls Not Brides “…The Girl Summit is an opportunity for governments to make commitments…

New Female Condoms Under Development With Gates Foundation Grant Assistance

Bloomberg News: Female Condoms’ New Fit Adds Pleasure to Fight Disease “…Last month, [the] plan for a new female condom moved closer to reality. The product was one of 11 contraceptive projects to win $1.1 million in exploration grants from billionaire Bill Gates’s philanthropic foundation, and one of three focused…

Services For GBV Survivors In CAR Underfunded, IRIN Reports

IRIN: Little help for CAR rape survivors “…Despite recent commitments from governments, U.N. agencies, and NGOs to prioritize protecting women and girls from sexual and physical violence, current efforts in [the Central African Republic] remain underfunded. In the capital Bangui less than one third of clinics and health centers in…

Women’s Rights Activists Push To End FGM In Gambia

Inter Press Service: Time to “Drop the Knife” for FGM in The Gambia “Women’s rights activists in the Gambia are insisting that more than 30 years of campaigning to raise awareness should be sufficient to move the government to outlaw female genital mutilation (FGM). The practice remains widespread in this…

World Must Address Reproductive Rights For Women, Girls

Devex: On World Population Day, a startling picture for women and girls Renate Baehr, executive director of DSW — Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung “…[O]n World Population Day, we must acknowledge that we are failing the 500 million girls in low- and middle-income countries. If we are to properly address the challenges…