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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…

Women Should Have Access To Safe, Legal Abortions

MSNBC: What happens without legal abortion Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights “…Over the last two decades, 35 countries have liberalized their abortion laws, according to a new report and updated World’s Abortion Laws map from the Center for Reproductive Rights. … That progress is…

South Sudanese Face Lack Of Health Care, Food Insecurity, Sexual Violence

News outlets report on the humanitarian situation in South Sudan, where violence is impeding access to health care and threatening famine. In addition, a U.N. envoy warns about the damage to future generations from sexual violence. The Lancet: Fighting restricts access to health care in South Sudan “…The fighting that…

Women’s Reproductive Rights At Risk Of Being De-Emphasized As U.N. Drafts SDGs

The Nation: Will the U.N.’s New Development Goals Downplay the Need for Gender Equality? “As the 193 member countries of the United Nations struggle to agree on development priorities to be adopted next year, the rights of women and sexual minorities have again become a contentious issue. … [A]s the…

Cross-Sector Services, Integrated Policies Needed To Address Global Health Issues

Huffington Post: The “Celebrity Couples” of Global Health and Development Leith Greenslade, co-chair of child health at the MDG Health Alliance “Sanitation and nutrition, contraception and newborn survival, girls’ education and child survival, infrastructure and maternal survival, women’s incomes and violence — these are just some of the most powerful…