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U.N. Officials Condemn Sexual Violence In Iraq

U.N. News Centre: ‘Barbaric’ sexual violence perpetrated by Islamic State militants in Iraq — U.N. “Two senior United Nations officials today condemned in the strongest terms the ‘barbaric acts’ of sexual violence and ‘savage rapes’ the armed group Islamic State (IS) has perpetrated on minorities in areas under its control…”…

Post-2015 Agenda Must Address Gender Equality, Empowering Women

Devex: We can’t put off to tomorrow what needs to be done today John Hendra, deputy executive director for policy and program at U.N. Women, discusses progress toward MDG 3, what still remains to be achieved, and what should be addressed in the post-2015 development agenda (8/13).

Helms Amendment Interpretation Is A ‘Violation Of Women’s Human Rights’

The Hill: Helms amendment blocks aid to African women Suzanne Ehlers, CEO of Population Action International (PAI) “…For 40 years, the Helms amendment has been applied as a blanket restriction on the use of U.S. funds to pay for abortions. Since its passage, policymakers have gone beyond the letter of…

Addressing Breastfeeding For Mothers With HIV

Huffington Post: What World Breastfeeding Week Means for HIV Positive Mothers Anna Coutsoudis, public health specialist “The last 20 years or so have been very difficult years for HIV-infected mothers and health-care workers because of the huge dilemma around infant feeding. Mothers faced the situation of a chance of infecting…

Secondary Education Can Improve Women, Children’s Health, Studies Find

Humanosphere: The remarkable impact of secondary education on women’s health Development blogger Tom Murphy discusses findings from two recent studies that support the claim that “secondary education might be the best way to improve the health of both mothers and their children” (8/7).

MDGs, Post-2015 Discussions Need More Attention

Devex: MDGs: The U.N.’s best-kept secret Diana Ohlbaum, senior associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Project on Prosperity and Development, co-chair of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network’s Accountability Working Group, and a principal of Turner4D “… The United Nations is now engaged in discussions with governments and…

U.N. Women Launches Campaign To Renew Commitment To Gender Equality

Huffington Post: Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity. Picture It! Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of U.N. Women “Nearly 20 years ago, the world came together in Beijing for the Fourth World Conference on Women. There, 189 governments adopted a visionary roadmap for gender equality: the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. ……

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Highlights Food Security, Resilience, Demographics

Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program’s “New Security Beat”: Africa’s Trifecta: Food Security, Resilience, and Demographics at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Roger-Mark De Souza, director of population, environmental security, and resilience at the Wilson Center, discusses highlights from the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, including the announcements of new partnerships,…

Ending FGM, Child Marriage Depends On Increased Momentum, Support

Huffington Post: Building a Brighter Future for Girls Everywhere Patrick Davies, deputy head of mission at the British Embassy in Washington “…We know that this campaign [to end female genital mutilation and child marriage] can’t be driven by government action alone. I firmly believe we can all play a part…

Michelle Obama Calls On Young African Leaders To Improve Progress For Women, Girls

News outlets report on First Lady Michelle Obama’s call for young African leaders to continue to improve attitudes toward and opportunities for girls and women on the continent. Associated Press: First lady asks leaders to change gender attitudes “Michelle Obama called on young African leaders to change traditional attitudes and…

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