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Democratic Platform Draft To Repeal Helms Amendment Shows Strong Support For Women’s Health

Huffington Post: One Step Closer to Repealing Helms John Seager, president of Population Connection and Population Connection Action Fund “…Given that the U.S. is the biggest financial contributor to family planning efforts abroad, [the Helms Amendment] remains a huge obstacle for organizations and clinics dedicated to empowering women to make…

Voluntary Family Planning Essential To Achieving SDGs, Long-Term Development Strategies

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Family Planning for the World’s Youth Promotes Peace, Health, and Prosperity In observance of World Population Day, which takes place on July 11, Ellen H. Starbird, director of the USAID Office of Population and Reproductive Health, discusses how voluntary family planning affects long-term development strategies, outlining ways in…

On World Population Day, Focus Turns To Improving Lives Of Teenage Girls

Deutsche Welle: World Population Day: investing in women “The world’s population grows by roughly 2.6 people per second. In 15 years, the number of people on earth will have increased from 7.3 billion to 8.5 billion, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). … Better living conditions for women…

Absence Of Funding For Zika Efforts Could Delay Public Health Responses To Virus

New York Times: Congress Takes a Vacation Without Doing Anything About Zika Editorial Board “Members of Congress are leaving Washington for seven weeks without passing a bill to pay for the fight against Zika. Their failure to do so will delay the public health response to the mosquito-borne virus that…

European Commission Should Promote Gender Equality, Increase Investment In Family Planning

EurActiv: Commission must prioritize access to contraception in development policy Heidi Hautala, Finnish Green MEP in the Greens/European Free Alliance group, and co-chair of the European Parliament Working Group on Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS, and Development (EPWG) “…[T]he international community can make an enormous difference in increasing access to family planning…

17 Indian Women From Small Islamic Sect Begin Petition To End FGM

NPR: Petition Against Female Genital Mutilation Provokes An Angry Backlash “…[L]ast winter, 17 Indian women from a tiny sect of Islam blew the lid off a guarded secret … They authored a petition asking the government of India to outlaw female circumcision. Until the petition went public in December, many…

Expanding Access To Family Planning Critical To Health Of All People

Huffington Post: When There’s No Olympic Opt-Out: Reproductive Rights In The Time Of Zika David Fleming, PATH’s vice president of public health, and Milka Dinev, regional adviser for the Latin American and Caribbean Forum of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition “…Empowering women to control their reproductive outcomes is a critical,…

The Guardian Profiles Group Of Women Who Sell Contraceptives In Rural Pakistan

The Guardian: The ‘Avon ladies’ of Pakistan selling contraception door to door “From 8am to 4pm, 25-year-old Samina Khaskheli travels door-to-door in rural Pakistan handing out free samples of condoms, birth control pills, and intrauterine devices. … Samina is a worker for the Marginalised Area Reproductive Health Viable Initiative –…

Human Rights Violations Impede Progress To End AIDS, U.N. Says

U.N. News Centre: AIDS epidemic still driven by human rights violations, U.N. experts warn “Ahead of next week’s high-level meeting on ending AIDS by 2030, United Nations independent experts are warning that the epidemic is still being driven by human rights violations, urging all Governments to remove punitive laws, policies,…

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