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More Work Must Be Done To Improve Health Care For Women, Girls

Devex: Women’s health is everyone’s health Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…You don’t have to be an expert in global development to know that women and girls around the world still face gender-specific barriers to reaching their full potential. Nor should it come as a…

Access To Sanitary Pads Allows Girls In Africa To Attend School

Agence France-Presse: Sanitary freedom keeps African schoolgirls in class “…[Sue] Barnes works through her non-profit organization, Project Dignity … to help girls stay in school by providing economical sanitary pads. … [In Uganda,] girls missing school during menstruation was a ‘big problem’ that led some to fall behind or even…

USAID Mission Director To Liberia Urges Communities To Stop Rape

Liberia News Agency/allAfrica: Liberia: USAID Official Urges Communities to Work to Stop Rape “An official of the United States Agency For International Development (USAID), John Mark Winfield, has urged community leaders [in Liberia] to identify ways to stop rape in their communities…” (Dixon, 3/31).

Lesbian, Bisexual Women In Cuba Receive Unequal Health Services, Activists, Health Experts Say

Inter Press Service: Lesbians Receiving Unequal Treatment from Cuban Health Services “In addition to other forms of discrimination, lesbian and bisexual women in Cuba face unequal treatment from public health services. Their specific sexual and reproductive health needs are ignored, and they are invisible in prevention and treatment campaigns for…

FGM Continues To Occur In Thailand’s Muslim South, Despite WHO Ban

The Guardian: In Thailand’s Muslim south, authorities turn a blind eye to FGM “Female genital mutilation, banned by the WHO, seems to be common in the three Muslim-majority southern provinces, but officials are taking no action…” (Paluch, 4/1).

World Bank Backs Access To Contraceptives, Improved Sexual Health In Sahel Region

Reuters: World Bank backs contraception, sexual health in Sahel region “Broadening access to contraceptives in Africa’s arid Sahel region and improving women’s sexual health are key parts of a $200 million World Bank project in the conservative Muslim region, its coordinator said…” (Piper, 3/31).

Addressing Hunger, Poverty Involves Improving WASH Through Local Government

Huffington Post: Looking Local: Addressing Hunger, Poverty and WASH John Coonrod, executive vice president of The Hunger Project As part of a blog series on WASH and MDGs, John Coonrod writes, “In a world that has made so much progress in achieving many of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), cutting…

Grassroots Efforts To Terminate Pregnancies Need Support

RH Reality Check: How Women Took Their Reproductive Rights Into Their Own Hands Leila Hessini, chair of the Global Fund for Women board “…Although pregnancy termination is one of the most common experiences people have across the globe, reproductive rights are often ignored by local health, community, or legal systems.…