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All Forms Of Female Genital Mutilation Must End

The Guardian: Female genital mutilation is never a ‘minor practice’ Assita Kanko, author and politician “One month after the Economist justified some forms of female genital mutilation (FGM), I still feel horrified. … By supporting the absurd idea of a compromise between culture and law, proposing to tolerate what [the…

Health Extension Workers Improve Care Access For Ethiopia’s Rural Communities

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund News Flash The latest issue of the Global Fund News Flash contains an article and video on Ethiopian health extension workers who provide services to those in rural communities. The article notes, “Great systems for health are pivotal in improving…

UNICEF Official Urges Somalia To Pass Law Banning FGM

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Somalia urged to pass law banning ‘horrendous’ FGM “Somalia’s next government should ensure a law is passed banning all forms of female genital mutilation (FGM), a U.N. official said on Tuesday, describing the deeply entrenched practice as a ‘horrendous rights violation.’ … A bill on FGM is…

Gender Equality, Women’s Rights Critical To Sustainable Development

Inter Press Service: Sustainable Development in Africa Will Not Be Achieved Without Women’s Full Participation Gina Din, founder and CEO of the Gina Din group “…[T]he pursuit of gender equality is not just an abstract ideal, but a prerequisite for human progress. … There is need to give women power…

U.S. Congress Should Support International Family Planning Programs

The Hill: Family planning saves lives, so why did the House cut it? Lisa Bos, director of government relations at World Vision U.S. “…Culture, religion, and myths drive [some families in developing countries] to have many children, regardless of the health impact. Parents lack information about why timing births to…

Men In India, Pakistan Joining Campaigns To End FGM In Dawoodi Bohra Community

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Men join campaigns in India against FGM rituals among the Bohra “Men in India and Pakistan are joining a campaign to end female genital mutilation (FGM), adding greater heft to the movement in the deeply patriarchal Dawoodi Bohra community…” (Chandran, 3/17).

Zimbabwean Government Makes New Push To End Child Marriage

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Zimbabwe ramps up pressure on parents to stop child marriages “…For although Zimbabwe this year outlawed child marriage, many parents and guardians continue to sanction under-age traditional marriages and withdraw rape charges in exchange for a bride price but this is now putting them in the sights…

U.N. Officials Urge Focus On Gender Equality During World Humanitarian Summit

U.N. News Centre: U.N. officials call for concrete commitments on gender equality at World Humanitarian Summit “Top United Nations officials [Thursday] called on leaders to attend the World Humanitarian Summit in May and make concrete commitments to enhance gender equality, as women and girls are ‘central’ to humanitarian action…” (3/17).

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