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Egypt Sees Slow Reduction In FGM, But Practice Still Widespread

Associated Press: Egypt making slow progress on genital mutilation “Raslan Fadl, the first doctor in Egypt to be put on trial for committing female genital mutilation, is still practicing even through a 13-year-old girl died after he performed the procedure. … Fadl’s continued popularity demonstrates the challenges to curbing the…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Access To Water, Sanitation On World Toilet Day

The Conversation: Imagine life without a proper toilet: that’s the reality for 1 in 3 people Juliet Willetts, associate professor and research director at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney “…World Toilet Day remains a critical means to raise awareness globally about one of the…

Health Care, Education Vital For Record Number Of Global Youth, UNFPA Report Says

News outlets discuss the findings of a recently released report by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) that estimates 1.8 billion people worldwide are between the ages of 10 to 24 years old. Thomson Reuters Foundation: Youth bulge could unleash rapid economic growth “The record number of young people in the…

Sudan Again Denies U.N. Access To Darfur To Investigate Mass Rape Allegations

Reuters: Sudan denies U.N. access to Darfur village to check rape accusations “Sudan has refused to let U.N. and African Union peacekeepers visit a village in the western Darfur region to investigate allegations of mass rape for the second time this month, saying it was skeptical about the motives for…

Devex Features Several Opinion Pieces As Part Of #HealthyMeans Series

Devex: The power of ‘we’: Partnering for a healthier world Yvonne Chaka Chaka, global goodwill ambassador for the Roll Back Malaria Devex: Toward a global partnership for an AIDS-free generation Catherine Connor, director for public policy and advocacy at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Devex: The best of both…

Tests Show Tainted Medication Responsible For Indian Sterilization Campaign Deaths; State Recalls Pills As Company Denies Contamination

News outlets report on various issues surrounding the deaths of 13 women who took part in a government-sponsored Indian sterilization campaign, including autopsy and drug testing results and the history of sterilization programs in the country. Al Jazeera: Why Indian women are victims of sterilization ‘cattle camps’ (De Bode, 11/14).…

Laws Not Enough To End Female Genital Mutiliation

New York Times: Fighting Female Genital Mutilation Mona Eltahawy, author “…Many international treaties designate female genital mutilation a violation of the human rights of girls and women. On Oct. 30, the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, announced a global campaign to end it within a generation. … Laws are…