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In Landmark Ruling, Egyptian Doctor Convicted Of Manslaughter In Death Of Girl Following FGM

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Egypt doctor convicted over girl’s death in landmark FGM case “An Egyptian doctor has been convicted of manslaughter after a 13-year-old girl died in a botched female genital mutilation procedure, campaigners said on Monday following the country’s first FGM trial. Equality Now called the ruling a ‘monumental…

Awareness, Treatment Of Obstetric Fistula Gaining Ground In Nepal

The Guardian: Nepal’s ‘poor woman’s problem': how obstetric fistula blights lives “…Though exact numbers are hard to come by, it is estimated that hundreds of women in Nepal’s rural hinterlands are afflicted with this condition because of inadequate maternal care, underage pregnancy, or prolonged or obstructed labor. … Last year,…

U.N. Welcomes El Salvadorian Assembly’s Pardon Of Woman Previously Convicted Of ‘Aggravated Homicide’ For Miscarriage

U.N. News Centre: El Salvador: U.N. rights office welcomes ‘ground-breaking’ pardon of woman in abortion case “The United Nations human rights office [Friday] welcomed the ‘ground-breaking decision’ of the Salvadorian Legislative Assembly to pardon a young women’s 30-year sentence in an abortion case. Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez Aldana, who suffered a miscarriage…

Ebola Epidemic Highlights Need To Improve Women’s Health Care In West Africa

Maternal Health Task Force’s “MHTF Blog”: New Lancet commentary makes link between Ebola and women’s health Katie Millar, technical writer for MHTF, discusses a commentary published in The Lancet Global Health “that describes the socioeconomic, biologic, and health systems connections between women’s health and the current Ebola epidemic.” She writes,…

Ebola Provides Opportunity To Further Curb FGM Practice In Sierra Leone

Bloomberg News: Ebola Forces Secret Societies to Curb Female Circumcision Rites “As the death toll from Ebola approaches 9,000 in West Africa, the illness has at least temporarily disrupted female genital mutilation, a centuries-old practice that brutally harms young girls. The respite is giving human rights activists an opportunity to…