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U.N. Commission On Women Approves Declaration Promoting Gender Equality

News outlets report on the final declaration approved on Saturday by the 45-member Commission on the Status of Women. Associated Press/Washington Post: U.N. document promotes equality for women “After two weeks of heated debate, liberal and conservative countries early Saturday approved a U.N. document to promote equality for women that…

Rights Activists In Mozambique Dispute Law Allowing Rapists To Marry Victims

Agence France-Presse: Outrage as Mozambique keeps law allowing rapists to wed victims “Rights activists in Mozambique Thursday marched through the capital Maputo to protest a colonial era law still included in new legislation that allows rapists to go unpunished if they marry their victims…” (Jackson, 3/20).

Global Hunger Is Solvable If U.S. Invests In Women

Roll Call: Women Key to Ending Global Hunger Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) and Ritu Sharma, co-founder and president of Women Thrive Worldwide “… The Global Food Security Act promotes sustainable, lasting solutions to hunger and poverty. And it does so by targeting our efforts to where they will have the…

UNFPA Calls For Urgent Support Of Pregnant Women In Syria

United Nations Population Fund: An Estimated 200,000 Pregnant Women in Syria in Need of Urgent Care, Warns UNFPA “As the conflict in Syria enters its fourth year, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is calling for urgent support to protect the lives of the country’s estimated 200,000 pregnant women, including…

Falling Fertility Rates In Developing Countries Is Worrisome

Wall Street Journal: Slumping Fertility Rates in Developing Countries Spark Labor Worries “Slumping fertility rates aren’t just a problem for wealthy countries anymore. … Thailand’s fertility rate has fallen to an average of just 1.6 children per woman, from seven in the 1970s, disrupting centuries of tradition in which children…

Ending Violence Against Women, Girls Is Key To Advancing Progress Toward MDGs

Huffington Post: Addressing Violence Against Women and Children Is Critical to Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation and the Millennium Development Goals Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Deborah von Zinkernagel, Acting U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator “During this week’s 58th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of…

Closing Gender Gap Can ‘Bolster Food Security’ In Africa

The Guardian: Mind the gap: closing gender divide in African agriculture could reduce hunger “Investing in childcare and adult education, and giving women farmers the same access as men to fertilizer and training, could significantly increase food production and improve their lives and that of their families, according to a…

U.N. Women Works For Gender Equality

Huffington Post: Equality for Women Is Progress for All Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, U.N. Women “…I am taking the lessons I learned from our struggle to end apartheid and establish democracy in South Africa to advance equality for the world’s girls and women as the head…

Malawi President Joyce Banda Leads Campaign Against Sexual Violence

New York Times: Can One of Africa’s Most Powerful Women Stop Sexual Violence? Patrick Adams, freelance journalist “What hope is there for girls in Africa if, in the country led by one of the most powerful women on the continent, rape is repeated with ‘terrifying regularity’? That’s how UNICEF has…

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