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Congress Should Overturn Policy Restricting U.S. Global Family Planning Funding

Daily Beast: Time for U.S. to Support Abortion for Rape Victims in Other Countries Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federal of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund “…[T]he U.S. needs to end a 40-year-old policy that blocks women in other countries from accessing abortion. This law, known as the…

IntraHealth’s Board Chair Discusses New Obstetric Fistula Initiative In Mali

IntraHealth’s “Vital”: New Partnership Will Bring Holistic Fistula Care to the Women of Mali Margarite Nathe, senior editor/writer for IntraHealth International, interviews Louise Winstanly, chair of the Board of Directors of IntraHealth International, about a new initiative addressing obstetric fistula in Mali (10/16).

New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund News Flash The latest issue of the Global Fund News Flash discusses domestic funding for health in low- and middle-income countries and the fund’s emphasis on gender in its new funding model as well as its Gender Equality Strategy (10/15).

Women Key To Economic Development In Africa, Melinda Gates Says

Agence France-Presse: Want to help Africa? Start with women, Melinda Gates says “Women are key to boosting economic growth in Africa and the developing world, Melinda Gates said Tuesday as she stopped off in Paris to press crisis-hit France to keep funding projects for women and girls. Speaking to AFP,…

S. Sudan Government Agrees To Address Sexual Violence During Conflict, U.N. Says

U.N. News Centre: South Sudan: U.N. envoy, Government agree on steps to tackle widespread sexual violence “Back from her first visit to South Sudan, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Mrs. Zainab Hawa Bangura warned [Monday] that sexual violence is a consistent characteristic of…

U.N., NGOs Recognize International Day Of The Girl Child

News outlets report on the International Day of the Girl Child, recognized annually on October 11. The Guardian: Day of girl child marked by clarion call to ‘walk the walk’ on gender equality “Despite new legislation and proactive policies such as quotas, the world is failing to deliver on equality…

Activists Say Africa Can End FGM In 20 Years

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Africa can end ‘child abuse’ of FGM by 2035: activists “Africa can end female genital mutilation (FGM) in 20 years, activists said on Friday as they launched a continent-wide campaign, calling the ancient ritual a form of child abuse aimed at controlling women’s sexuality…” (Migiro, 10/10).

Swaziland King To Use World Bank HIV Funds To Pay Girls To Remain Virgins

International Business Times: Swaziland King Pays Girls $18 a Month to Remain Virgins; Uses World Bank HIV Funds “Swaziland’s King Mswati III has reportedly announced to pay all teenage girls in the South Africa kingdom a monthly stipend of 200 rands ($18) for abstaining from sex and remaining a virgin.…

State Department Blog Posts, Press Release Discuss International Day Of The Girl Child

The U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote” blog features several posts about the International Day of the Girl Child, recognized on October 11, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released remarks to honor the day. DipNote: Celebrating the International Day of the Girl: Why Adolescent Girls are a Smart Investment…