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Iraqi Kurdistan’s FGM Practice Can End Within A Generation, U.N. Expert Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Iraqi Kurdistan could end FGM in a generation — expert “Female genital mutilation could be eradicated in Iraqi Kurdistan within a generation, a U.N. expert said this week as a survey revealed high support for ending what she called an ‘abominable crime.’ The study, released by U.N.…

UNICEF Releases Report Detailing Violence Against Children

News outlets discuss findings from UNICEF’s recently released report on violence against children. Agence France-Presse: One in 10 girls sexually abused worldwide: U.N. “Around 120 million girls around the world, close to one in 10, have been raped or sexually assaulted by the time they turn 20, a new U.N.…

Girls In Niger Fight For Rights Against Child Marriage

Deutsche Welle: Fighting against child marriage in Niger “While Niger has made some gains, like reducing child mortality, it’s still a pretty bad place for women and girls. Three out of four girls under 18 are married, which means they were forced to marry as minors, and can’t complete their…

Sierra Leone Islands Use Midwives To Reduce Maternal Mortality

Inter Press Service: How Midwives on Sierra Leone’s Almost Untouched Turtle Islands are Improving Women’s Health “…For island communities [off the southwest peninsula of Sierra Leone] that have very little access to the mainland, basic health information is difficult to come by, therefore the risks — especially those pertaining to…

Pope Francis Must Address Women’s Reproductive Well-Being

The Guardian: Pope Francis has done little to improve women’s lives Tina Beattie, professor of Catholic studies at the University of Roehampton in London “Pope Francis has repeatedly said he wants a poor church of the poor. … He has also acknowledged the need to give women a greater say…

State Department Recognizes Women’s Equality Day

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Celebrating Women’s Equality Day Catherine Russell, U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, recognizes Women’s Equality Day, which takes place each year on August 26, and discusses the U.S. commitment “to continuing [the] fight [for equal opportunities] for every woman and girl around the globe” (8/26).

Drugs To Prevent Premature Labor Deaths Underused, Lancet Study Says

New York Times: Premature Labor Drugs Underused, Study Says “Each year, roughly one million children worldwide die after being born prematurely, yet two strategies that are effective in preventing these deaths are largely underused, researchers have found. … [T]he largest study to examine use of these drugs worldwide, which included…

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