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Women In Nepal Banished During Menstruation Despite Law Banning Practice

The Guardian: Nepal’s bleeding shame: menstruating women banished to cattle sheds “…Sofalta is one of thousands of girls and women in Nepal who practice Chhaupadi — banishment to a cattle shed or makeshift hut — because of so-called ‘impurity’ during menstruation or just after childbirth. … Although Chhaupadi was outlawed…

New Study Examines Abortion Incidence, Safety In Tanzania

Guttmacher Institute: Unsafe Abortion Is Common In Tanzania and Is A Major Cause of Maternal Death “In the first nationally representative study of the incidence of abortion and the provision of postabortion care in Tanzania, researchers found that clandestine abortion is common and is a major contributor to maternal death…

Women’s Rights Must Move Beyond Rhetoric To Implementing ‘Concrete Actions’

Devex: Women’s equality and inclusive peace need to move beyond talk Simone Filippini, CEO of Cordaid “…[O]n the ground, that’s where the battle for women’s rights is being fought and where real progress is and needs to be made. It’s also where funding is needed most. … Instead of annually…

Improving Women’s Health Critical To Achieving AIDS-Free Generation

Devex: 4 ideas for improving women’s health Huma Abbasi, general manager of global health and medical at Chevron “…March is Women’s History Month. This month provides us with the opportunity to reflect on lessons learned from our work to fight HIV and AIDS by supporting women. Ending transmission of HIV…

Mobile Phone Ownership Provides Women Multiple Economic, Health Benefits

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: A phone of her own: How mobile access can change women’s lives Leora Klapper, a lead economist in the Finance and Private Sector Research Team of the Development Research Group at the World Bank, discusses the multiple benefits to women who own mobile…

Women’s Economic Empowerment Essential To Achieving SDGs

Council on Foreign Relations’ “Women Around the World”: A Strategic Approach to the New Global Goals Rachel Vogelstein, senior fellow and director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program at CFR, discusses the relationship between women’s empowerment and sustainable development, writing, “[A]mplifying efforts to accelerate women’s full economic participation will…

Disagreements Surface Over Gender Equality Funding Commitments In Outcome Document Of Commission On The Status Of Women, The Guardian Reports

The Guardian: World leaders accused of backtracking on gender equality commitments “Claims that world leaders are backtracking on their commitment to end gender inequality have emerged on the final day of negotiations at the Commission on the Status of Women. Several countries are reportedly trying to water down the progressive…

Somali Prime Minister Signs Online Petition Proposing Federal Ban On FGM

The Atlantic: The Fight Against Female Genital Mutilation in Somalia “Somali Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke is joining a campaign to end female genital mutilation (FGM) in Somalia. Sharmarke signed an online petition proposing a federal ban of the long-standing practice that 98 percent of Somali women undergo…” (Turkson,…

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