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Menstruation Banishment Still Practiced In Nepal Despite Bans, Deaths Of Women

Washington Post: They banished their 15-year-old for having her period. She died in a cold Nepali hut. “A 15-year-old Nepali girl died over the weekend in a hut to which she had been banished for menstruating — the latest victim of an ancient ritual that persists in parts of south…

Gender Equality In Agriculture Vital To Ending Poverty, Hunger Worldwide, Experts Say

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Boosting women farmers would dramatically cut world hunger — experts “If women farmers were given the same access to land, tools, and credit as men, the boost to crop yields would dramatically cut world hunger, but this must be done fast before climate change closes the window…

Rewire Discusses Implications Of Trump Presidency For Human Rights, Abortion, Importance Of Upholding International Standards

Rewire: With Trump Presidency, A Coming Collision With Global Standards on Torture, Abortion Rights Akila Radhakrishnan, legal director at the Global Justice Center, discusses the potential implications of President-elect Trump’s presidency for human rights and abortion, highlighting the importance of upholding international standards. Radhakrishnan notes, “[I]nternational standards and protections are critical.…

UHC Is ‘Ultimate Expression Of Fairness,’ Critical To Achieving Health-Related SDGs

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Universal Health Coverage: an affordable goal for all Margaret Chan, director general of WHO, and Gro Harlem Brundtland, deputy chair of The Elders “…Achieving [Universal Health Coverage (UHC)] and the other health-related [Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)] targets isn’t just about spending more money. Governments need to ensure…

New Report Examines DREAMS Initiative Lessons From South Africa, Kenya

Devex: HIV prevention initiative seeks to break barriers in sub-Saharan Africa “…DREAMS seeks to reduce HIV incidence among vulnerable populations of adolescent girls and young women in the 10 African countries where it works and stop the spread of new infections. On Wednesday, the Center for Health and Gender Equity…

Tanzanian, Kenyan Authorities Working Together To Stop Cross-Border FGM

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Tanzania cracks down on secret ceremonies to circumcise teenage girls “…Mary Wandia, program manager for London-based charity Equality Now, said the law against FGM is poorly enforced in Tanzania, putting thousands of girls at risk and encouraging others from neighboring countries to travel there. … Police in…

Global Community Must Call For End To Violence Against Women, Girls

Huffington Post: It’s time to stop violence against women and girls Flavia Bustreo, assistant director general for Family, Women’s, and Children’s Health at the WHO, and vice chair of the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance “…Violence against women and girls affects their physical, mental, sexual, and reproductive health in…

Egyptian Law Creating Stricter Penalties For FGM Goes Into Effect, Health Ministry Says

Agence France-Presse: Egypt brings in tougher penalties against female genital mutilation “An amended law that toughens penalties for female genital mutilation to up to 15 years in jail has come into effect, the health ministry announced Sunday. Health ministry officials will monitor and oversee clinics and private hospitals to enforce…

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