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In Article, Video, The Guardian Examines Persistence Of FGM In Sierra Leone

The Guardian: Sierra Leone’s secret FGM societies spread silent fear and sleepless nights “…In an unprecedented step, soweis, the women who hold the most senior rank in the societies, agreed to speak to The Guardian. The soweis are unhappy with attempts to force them to abandon the practice, seeing it…

Colombia’s New Femicide Law ‘Key Step’ To Reduce Violence Against Women, TRF Reports

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Colombia confronts femicide, the “most extreme form of violence against women” “Colombia’s new law on femicide is a key step to combat violence against women, but forensic experts and prosecutors will need to change the way they investigate gender-related killings to win convictions, officials said. In this…

DKT Pakistan Working To Increase Country’s Contraceptive Prevalence Rate

Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Pakistan: A Tough but Vital Place to Do Family Planning Juan Enrique Garcia, country director of DKT Pakistan, discusses the organization’s efforts to increase the contraceptive prevalence rate for modern methods in Pakistan by overcoming several cultural, social, and logistical challenges (8/6).

Young Women Need Better Access To Sexual, Reproductive Health Information, Services, Report Says

Guttmacher Institute: Adolescent Women Need Improved Sexual And Reproductive Health Services “Throughout developing regions, many adolescent women struggle to get the sexual and reproductive health information and services they need, according to a new Guttmacher report that analyzes national health surveys and published research findings from 70 countries across Africa,…

Break Taboos, Talk Openly To Bring Menstruation Into Global Health, Development Realm

The Conversation: Menstruation is a global health problem — and we need to talk about it Marni Sommer, associate professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University “…[T]he ongoing taboo around talking about periods makes it hard to find solutions to the challenges girls in low-income countries face. It also hinders…

Progress Being Made To Prevent, Diagnose, Treat Cervical Cancer Among African Women

Humanosphere: Visualizing cervical cancer: Leading killer of African women Amy VanderZanden, communications data specialist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), examines efforts to prevent, diagnose, and treat cervical cancer in sub-Saharan Africa, where the disease is the leading cause of cancer death for women…

Kenya To Benefit From DREAMS Project Aimed At Preventing HIV Among Young Women

VOA News: Kenya Joins HIV DREAMS Project “Kenya will be getting new support to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS among adolescent girls. President Obama announced Sunday that Kenya would be included in the DREAMS project. It’s funded by the U.S., the Nike Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation…” (DeCapua,…