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World Leaders To Convene To End Sexual Violence At Global Summit

News outlets report on this week’s upcoming Global Summit to End Sexual Violence In Conflict, which will take place in London from June 10-13. The Guardian: Rape summit in London sparks charge of ‘hypocrisy’ “The [U.K.] government has been accused of hypocrisy for hosting this week’s Global Summit to End…

Researchers Examine Why Married Swazi Women Delay, Drop Out Of HIV Treatment

Inter Press Service: Marriage a Barrier to ARV treatment for Swazi Women “…[Thandeka Dlamini] and other researchers set out to find why married women [in Swaziland] start [antiretroviral therapy (ART)] late or drop out. Their study, conducted by MarxART, a project by the Swaziland National AIDS Programme (SNAP), found ‘distinct…

U.N. Women Forms Private Sector Advisory Council

News outlets report on U.N. Women’s work with the private sector to address women’s and girls’ issues. Devex: U.N. Women launches private sector advisory council “U.N. Women is tapping private sector leaders to advise the agency and provide expertise to better tackle challenges facing women and girls. This week U.N.…

U.N. Launches Video Campaign To End Sexual Violence

U.N. News Centre: ‘It is time to act,’ Ban declares at launch of video campaign to end sexual violence “Speaking at the launch of a video campaign on ending sexual violence through gender equality, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that it is time to demand action to eliminate a scourge…

Women’s Safety Linked To Access To Toilets, Experts Say After Indian Rape, Murder

Associated Press: Indian gang rape case highlights lack of toilets “…Beyond highlighting the rampant sexual violence in India, last week’s horrific crime is drawing attention to a glaring problem across the country that threatens women’s safety: the lack of toilets. … ‘Around 65 percent of the rural population in India…

Group Helps Zambian Women With HIV Raise Goats To Support Families

Christian Science Monitor: International Fund for Agricultural Development helps Zambian women with HIV raise goats “In the Batoka area of Southern Province, Zambia, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is providing support to the Harmony Women’s Club, which helps women living with HIV raise goats…” (Ng, 6/3).

Chile President Bachelet Working To Allow Abortion In Certain Circumstances

Agence France-Presse: Thorny abortion debate looms in Chile “Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is fighting fierce conservative opposition to allow abortion for women and girls who are raped, carrying non-viable fetuses or facing life-threatening pregnancy complications…” (Toll, 6/2).

Improved Basic Sanitation Critical For Safety Of Women, Girls

The Guardian: Two girls died looking for a toilet. This should make us angry, not embarrassed Barbara Frost, chief executive of WaterAid; Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International; Corinne Woods, director of the U.N. Millennium Campaign; and Nick Alipui director of programs at UNICEF “Two teenage girls have been…

Tackling Gender Inequality Key To Resolving Food Insecurity In DRC

USAID “Impact”: Why Fighting Gender Violence is Also Fighting Hunger in the DRC Rachel Grant, division chief in East, Central and Southern Africa Office for USAID’s Office of Food for Peace, discusses how “tackling gender inequities is key to resolving any food insecurity” in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)…

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