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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…

Women Are Key Partners In Development

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Why Development Begins with Women Melinda Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses the importance of involving women in development, writing, “Every day, all over the world, women and girls are proving that if we recognize them as…

Family Planning Important Focus For International Day Of The Girl

Delaware Online: Celebrate International Day of the Girl Judith Herrman, professor in the University of Delaware’s School of Nursing “As we celebrate International Day of the Girl this Saturday, one focus that should gain greater attention is that of ensuring that young women around the world are able to have…

Better Antenatal Care Could Avoid Unnecessary Maternal Deaths In South Africa, Report Says

News outlets report on a recently released Amnesty International report on maternal health in South Africa. The Guardian: HIV stigma causing avoidable maternal deaths in South Africa, says Amnesty “Hundreds of pregnant women and girls are dying needlessly in South Africa, partly because of well-founded fears that their HIV status…

Pregnant Women Among IDPs In Need Of Urgent Care In Pakistan

Inter Press Service: Displacement Spells Danger for Pregnant Women in Pakistan “…In northern Pakistan, a military campaign aimed at ridding the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Taliban militants has led to a humanitarian crisis for hundreds of thousands of civilians. … With thousands of women now clamoring for care,…

Blog Posts Highlight New Grand Challenge Focused On Women, Girls

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog published several posts discussing the foundation’s 10th Grand Challenge, “Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development,” announced October 7. Impatient Optimists: Grand Challenge: Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development Gary Darmstadt, senior fellow at the Bill…