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Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights: A Global Call To Action

May 28, 2012

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by Jessica PiekloMay 28, 2012 Today is International Day of Action For Women’s Health and a renewed push to ensure that every woman and girl has her right to bodily autonomy recognized worldwide. To mark the day the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights is launching its Call for Action 2012: “Full Recognition of Young […]

Gender and Inequality: How the U.S. Stacks Up Against Other OECD Countries

May 24, 2012

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The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has just released the 2012 Better Life Index with two new and striking additions this year. For the first time, each of 11 categories that are used to measure well-being will be compared against gender and socioeconomic inequality, giving a fuller picture of the quality of life […]

Gag Me: Stop a Global Reproductive Health Disaster

May 23, 2012

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by Mindy TownsendMay 22, 2012 The opposition to abortion rights have become even more powerful in recent years. In 2011 alone, 69 anti-choice measures were passed in 26 states. While this is very bad news for women across the country, acceptance of this type of extreme morality policing has another victim: developing countries. Enter the […]

HEALTH: Treat the mother – save the baby

May 16, 2012

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Photo: Super.heavy/FlickrSomething to smile about… LONDON, 16 May 2012 (IRIN) – The past decade has seen great advances in child survival, but while toddlers and small children are benefiting, the death rate for new-born babies remains stubbornly high. Now a new report suggests that paying more attention to their mothers’ health, and focusing on certain […]

What’s the deal with the female condom?

May 14, 2012

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Advocates trying to share the word about safe-sex method that’s not so well-known By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye3:22 p.m. CDT, May 13, 2012 The excuses for not wearing a condom often sound like this: “I hate them.” “They’re too tight.” “I don’t have one.” In the face of such complaints, public health officials are pushing a […]

To Save Mothers, Let’s Lower 5 Basic Risks

May 10, 2012

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WeNews commentator Thursday, May 10, 2012 Eighty percent of all maternal deaths globally can be attributed to five basic risks. Let’s do more to treat hemorrhage, infection, unsafe abortion, hypertensive disorders and obstructed labor. (WOMENSENEWS)–While working in remote Papua New Guinea last year with Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres my team and I heard about […]

U.S. Moms Die at Higher Rate than Irish, Italian

May 9, 2012

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By Samantha Kimmey WeNews correspondent Tuesday, May 8, 2012 Scandinavian nations continue to dominate the annual healthy motherhood rankings by Save the Children. This year Niger came in last, just behind Afghanistan. The United States rose six spots because of girls’ access to education, not better health. (WOMENSENEWS)–Pregnancy and motherhood can bring joy and or […]

He-Men, Virginity Pledges, and Bridal Dreams: Obama Administration Quietly Endorses Dangerous Ab-Only Curriculum

May 6, 2012

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by Debra Hauser, Advocates for Youthand Monica Rodriguez, Sexuality Information & Education Council of the US (SIECUS)and Elizabeth Schroeder and Danene Sorace, Executive Director, Answer and Consultant, Future of Sex Education May 1, 2012 Sometime this month, an updated list of “evidence-based” teen pregnancy prevention programs was endorsed by the Department of Health and Human […]

Plummeting breastfeeding rates in East Asia “alarming” -expert

May 3, 2012

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03 May 2012 12:29Source: alertnet // Thin Lei Win A baby sleep in a hammock inside a temporary house built after the 2004 Tsunami at Lok Kruet village, in Aceh Besar April 16, 2012. REUTERS/Beawiharta By Thin Lei Win BANGKOK (AlertNet) – Faced with plummeting rates of breastfeeding – a “natural vaccine” – East Asia […]

She braves bullets to bring healthcare to women

May 3, 2012

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Reblogged from kracktivist The frail and seemingly calm Udasi Sahu manages to conceal the excitement of her first plane journey. But the 42-year-old health worker can’t conceal the thrill of her job – trying to change the face of maternal health in conflict-torn districts of Odisha. Spanning a journey across the boondocks of north Odisha’s […]

Tobacco’s War on Women

May 2, 2012

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The global tobacco industry is targeting women in emerging markets. Can public policy rise to the challenge? BY BRAD EDMONDSON | MAY 1, 2012 Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images When a young paralegal in Mumbai or Hanoi lights up, it feels so good in so many ways. She loves the nicotine hit, of course, but she loves […]

India’s Dalit women and the real cost of fast fashion

May 2, 2012

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Posted on 01 May 2012 Julie Tomlin WVoN co-editor The High Street frenzy that follows when the Duchess of Cambridge is snapped wearing a new dress can lead to 24-hour shifts for women working in some of India’s garment factories. That’s one of the findings of a new report Maid in India that reveals the […]

Female British Muslims are at last finding their voice

April 28, 2012

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A new generation of fearless Muslim women are actively starting to challenge inequalities that have faced them for generations Sara Khan guardian.co.uk, Saturday 28 April 2012 ‘It is heartening to see a proliferation in Muslim women’s networks and forums right across the UK.’ Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian Anyone who has worked in British […]

Most pregnancy-related deaths occur in transit’

April 23, 2012

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Reblogged from kracktivist AARTI DHAR, The HinduMaternal Death Reviews reveals many facilities show mothers the door soon after delivery According to a study conducted on pregnancy-related deaths, a large number of women die during transit to a health facility or returning home after a delivery. ‘Maternal Death Reviews — Implications for Quality of Care,’ (MDR) […]

Fistula – Another Blight on the Child Bride

April 20, 2012

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By Zofeen Ebrahim Bano and her cleric husband campaigning against child marriage. Credit:Zofeen Ebrahim/IPS KARACHI, Pakistan, Apr 13, 2012 (IPS) – It was personal experience that turned Gul Bano and her cleric husband, Ahmed Khan, into ambassadors against early marriage and its worst corollary – obstetric fistula which allows excretory matter to flow out through […]

The Global Problem of Gender Inequality

April 11, 2012

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Nake M. Kamrany and Catherine RobinsonPosted: 04/11/2012 Egregious gender inequality still exists globally despite of substantial national and international measures that have been taken towards gender equality. Only four out of over 135 nations have achieved gender equality including Costa Rica, Cuba, Sweden, and Norway. Yemen was scored the lowest across all dimensions. Measures of […]

Anti-abortion climate ‘will deter new generation of doctors’

April 2, 2012

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British Pregnancy Advisory Service attacks politicisation of abortion and warns of impact on future healthcare Ben Quinn and Sarah Boseley guardian.co.uk, Sunday 1 April 2012 The anti-abortion vigil near the British Pregnancy Advisory Service’s Bedord Square clinic, central London. Photograph: Corbis A new generation of doctors will be put off from becoming involved in abortion […]

Fears of female genital mutilation revival in Egypt

April 2, 2012

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Posted on 02 April 2012. Auveen WoodsWVoN co-editor Azza El Garf, a prominent member of the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood and one of just 11 female parliamentarians in Egypt, has publicly denounced the 2008 ban on genital cutting (or female genital cutting, ‘FGM’) for Egyptian women. “It is […]

ANTI-PROSTITUTION PLEDGE

April 1, 2012

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Current law requires all organizations that receive PEPFAR funding to have a policy that explicitly opposes prostitution and sex trafficking. This policy, known as the anti-prostitution pledge, or the Anti-Prostitution Loyalty Oath (APLO), has been shown to have a negative impact on prevention efforts because it undermines the most effective approaches to working with sex […]

World Bank must re-evaluate its strategies to cut maternal mortality

March 6, 2012

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Deaths in childbirth would drop further if the bank cut fees and expanded grants in its spending on reproductive health Posted by Elizabeth Arend Tuesday 6 March 2012 Children hold placards during a campaign in Freetown against maternal deaths in Sierre Leone, which has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world. […]

Is Anorexia A Female Disease? Think Again.

March 1, 2012

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Posted by Nicoletta Richardson02/29/2012 What do Nicole Richie, Lindsay Lohan, Billy Bob Thorton and Elvis Presley have in common? They have all suffered from eating disorders. While eating disorders in females are often identified, male celebrities are not publicized as much but they too have fallen victim to the same disease. In 2008, a student […]

Women’s Health Care at Risk

February 29, 2012

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Published: February 28, 2012 A wave of mergers between Roman Catholic and secular hospitals is threatening to deprive women in many areas of the country of ready access to important reproductive services. Catholic hospitals that merge or form partnerships with secular hospitals often try to impose religious restrictions against abortions, contraception and sterilization on the […]

Fact Sheet: U.S. Work for Abandonment of Female Cutting

February 22, 2012

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18 February 2012 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson February 18, 2012 2011/254 FACT SHEET The U.S. Government Working for the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is a traditional practice that ranges from nicking to total removal of the external female genitalia. An estimated 100 to 145 million women […]

ASIA: Isolation, poverty loom for an aging population

February 14, 2012

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Photo: David Longstreath/IRINMore of her in coming years BANGKOK, 14 February 2012 (IRIN) – With 60 percent of the world’s population, Asia has one of the largest concentrations globally of aging persons, creating a host of potential challenges, experts warn. “Asian countries, besides Japan perhaps, need to plan now. These countries have grown older before […]

MYANMAR-THAILAND: Dying for lack of reproductive healthcare

February 11, 2012

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Photo: Contributor/IRINDisadvantaged at birth BANGKOK, 10 February 2012 (IRIN) – Lack of access to reproductive health services in Myanmar has led to high rates of maternal deaths and unplanned pregnancies among the country’s displaced, migrant and refugee populations, say health experts. “There are huge unmet reproductive health needs for contraceptives, family planning, and access to […]

Will the ‘girl effect’ really help to combat poverty?

February 10, 2012

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Many development organisations see empowering girls – and enabling them to delay childbearing – as a powerful means to tackle poverty, but the evidence so far doesn’t bear this out Girls sell coffee in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Photograph: Alamy The call to invest in adolescent girls has been sweeping the development field in recent years. […]

Expensive Egos: Narcissism Has a Higher Health Cost for Men

February 5, 2012

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ScienceDaily (Jan. 23, 2012) — The personality trait narcissism may have an especially negative effect on the health of men, according to a recent study published in PLoS ONE. The personality trait narcissism may have an especially negative effect on the health of men, according to a recent study. (Credit: © lunamarina / Fotolia) “Narcissistic […]

Expensive Egos: Narcissism Has a Higher Health Cost for Men

February 5, 2012

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ScienceDaily (Jan. 23, 2012) — The personality trait narcissism may have an especially negative effect on the health of men, according to a recent study published in PLoS ONE. The personality trait narcissism may have an especially negative effect on the health of men, according to a recent study. (Credit: © lunamarina / Fotolia) “Narcissistic […]

So, men are obsessed with their bodies. Is that so bad?

January 31, 2012

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Male self-objectification has perhaps gone too far – but the compulsory self-loathing that came before was worse Mark Simpson guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 31 January 2012 David Beckham flaunts it in a 2008 advertising campaign for Giorgio Armani. Photograph: Kevin Sam/FilmMagic.com Back in the early 90s, when Loaded magazine and footie were conquering the culture, making it […]

So, men are obsessed with their bodies. Is that so bad?

January 31, 2012

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Male self-objectification has perhaps gone too far – but the compulsory self-loathing that came before was worse Mark Simpson guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 31 January 2012 David Beckham flaunts it in a 2008 advertising campaign for Giorgio Armani. Photograph: Kevin Sam/FilmMagic.com Back in the early 90s, when Loaded magazine and footie were conquering the culture, making it […]

Pregnant, and Pushed Out of a Job

January 31, 2012

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By DINA BAKSTPublished: January 30, 2012 FEW people realize that getting pregnant can mean losing your job. Imagine a woman who, seven months into her pregnancy, is fired from her position as a cashier because she needed a few extra bathroom breaks. Or imagine another pregnant employee who was fired from her retail job after […]

Pregnant, and Pushed Out of a Job

January 31, 2012

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By DINA BAKSTPublished: January 30, 2012 FEW people realize that getting pregnant can mean losing your job. Imagine a woman who, seven months into her pregnancy, is fired from her position as a cashier because she needed a few extra bathroom breaks. Or imagine another pregnant employee who was fired from her retail job after […]

India: Male Activists Enhance Pre and Postnatal Care

January 28, 2012

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By Manipadma Jena Male Health Activists at a strategy session. Credit:Manipadma Jena/IPS BHUBANESHWAR, India, Jan 27, 2012 (IPS) – The primitive Juang tribe in remote Nola village on Chandragiri hill experienced its first three institutional childbirths only a month ago. Credit for the safe deliveries goes to Malay Ranjan Juanga, a ‘male health activist’ (MHA) […]

India: Male Activists Enhance Pre and Postnatal Care

January 28, 2012

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By Manipadma Jena Male Health Activists at a strategy session. Credit:Manipadma Jena/IPS BHUBANESHWAR, India, Jan 27, 2012 (IPS) – The primitive Juang tribe in remote Nola village on Chandragiri hill experienced its first three institutional childbirths only a month ago. Credit for the safe deliveries goes to Malay Ranjan Juanga, a ‘male health activist’ (MHA) […]

Women’s education ‘smartest global investment,’ Ban tells World Economic Forum

January 27, 2012

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at event for the Every Woman, Every Child initiative. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe 26 January 2012 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today on business leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to increase their investment in women’s education and health to ensure their well-being and encourage their participation in the […]

Women’s education ‘smartest global investment,’ Ban tells World Economic Forum

January 27, 2012

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at event for the Every Woman, Every Child initiative. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe 26 January 2012 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today on business leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to increase their investment in women’s education and health to ensure their well-being and encourage their participation in the […]

Cosmetic surgery advertising ban urged by leading surgeons

January 23, 2012

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Group calls for tighter regulation of industry and says adverts for operations such as breast enlargement should be outlawed Sarah Boseley, health editor guardian.co.uk, Sunday 22 January 2012 The British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons has proposed a ban on advertising for cosmetic surgery as part part of a six-point plan for tighter regulations […]

Unsafe abortions rising globally

January 19, 2012

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Almost all abortions (97%) in Africa and Latin America (95%) are unsafe and 40% of those in Asia, according to a new report Sarah Boseley, health editorThe Guardian, Thursday 19 January 2012 Unsafe and poorly performed abortions are a major cause of maternal mortality and morbidity in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Photograph: Charlie Shoemaker/Corbis […]

Madden discusses new gender health services

January 18, 2012

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By Emily Baer, The Dartmouth StaffPublished on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 Jennifer Madden, a family practitioner interested in medical care and hormone therapy for transgender individuals, discussed the history of transgender health care and research and current practices for primary practitioners providing care for transgendered patients in a lecture to Dartmouth Medical School students and […]

Fenway Health urges doctors to talk with patients about sexual orientation, gender identity

January 18, 2012

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By Chelsea Conaboy, Globe Staff01/17/2012 While there is great diversity among people who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, it’s clear that the group as a whole experiences significant health disparities, many linked to social stigmas. They have higher rates of psychiatric disorders and substance abuse, and are more likely to experience violence. […]

IRAQ: New research highlights link between FGM/C and mental disorders

January 13, 2012

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Photo: Petit1ze/FlickrEstimates of the prevalence of FGM/C in Iraqi Kurdistan vary greatly DUBAI, 13 January 2012 (IRIN) – New data out of Iraq shows what many psychologists suspected though little research has confirmed: Girls who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) are more prone to mental disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Results of the […]

Gaps between boys and girls in developing world widen as they get older – UN report

September 14, 2011

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13 September 2011 – A new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) highlights significant gaps in areas such as education and health, mostly favouring males, as boys and girls in developing countries grow older. “While there is little difference between boys and girls in early childhood with respect to nutrition, health, education and […]

Gaps between boys and girls in developing world widen as they get older – UN report

September 14, 2011

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13 September 2011 – A new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) highlights significant gaps in areas such as education and health, mostly favouring males, as boys and girls in developing countries grow older. “While there is little difference between boys and girls in early childhood with respect to nutrition, health, education and […]

Reproductive Health Security Empowers Women’s Choices

September 9, 2011

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By Elizabeth Whitman UNITED NATIONS, Sep 8, 2011 (IPS) – Each day, one thousand women die in childbirth and one million people become infected with sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including 7,000 cases of HIV. Yet these numbers are preventable, experts insist, when countries possess the resources and willpower to address and deal with them. Dignitaries […]

Reproductive Health Security Empowers Women’s Choices

September 9, 2011

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By Elizabeth Whitman UNITED NATIONS, Sep 8, 2011 (IPS) – Each day, one thousand women die in childbirth and one million people become infected with sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including 7,000 cases of HIV. Yet these numbers are preventable, experts insist, when countries possess the resources and willpower to address and deal with them. Dignitaries […]

Why women will prove vital in the battle against poverty

September 3, 2011

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In her 10 years as chief executive of Oxfam, Barbara Stocking has overseen many initiatives that work with and for women around the world Emine Sanerguardian.co.uk, Thursday 1 September 2011 Barbara Stocking, chief executive of Oxfam. Photograph: David Levene The idea that increasing female empowerment is the best way to reduce poverty isn’t new, but […]

Why women will prove vital in the battle against poverty

September 3, 2011

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In her 10 years as chief executive of Oxfam, Barbara Stocking has overseen many initiatives that work with and for women around the world Emine Sanerguardian.co.uk, Thursday 1 September 2011 Barbara Stocking, chief executive of Oxfam. Photograph: David Levene The idea that increasing female empowerment is the best way to reduce poverty isn’t new, but […]

Haiti quake creates new crisis among women, girls

August 31, 2011

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By Jacqueline CharlesMiami Herald PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Fourteen-day-old Alexandro Joseph has never seen a doctor and 7-month-old Lovemika Belzi has suffered from diarrhea since the day she was born. In the sprawling camps that continue to dot this broken capital after last year’s devastating earthquake, health and human rights officials warn of an another crisis: […]

Haiti quake creates new crisis among women, girls

August 31, 2011

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By Jacqueline CharlesMiami Herald PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Fourteen-day-old Alexandro Joseph has never seen a doctor and 7-month-old Lovemika Belzi has suffered from diarrhea since the day she was born. In the sprawling camps that continue to dot this broken capital after last year’s devastating earthquake, health and human rights officials warn of an another crisis: […]

NEPAL: Struggle to spread malnutrition awareness

July 23, 2011

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Photo: Amy Lieberman/IRINMany mothers don’t understand malnutrition MANGALSEN, 21 July 2011 (IRIN) – Convincing mothers their children need treatment in Nepal’s isolated rural districts is an ongoing challenge. “All of my children look like this,” Dharma Bhatt, 26, told IRIN from her daughter’s bedside at Achham District Hospital, in the far west of the country. […]