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Opinion Pieces Mark International Day Of Zero Tolerance For FGM/C

The Lancet: FGM: the mutilation of girls and young women must stop Audrey Ceschia, senior editor at The Lancet “Feb 6, 2015, marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, a day to reflect on one of the most cruel of human practices — an ancestral tradition…

U.S. Policies Interfere With Women’s Access To Safe Abortions

GlobalPost: Unsafe abortions kill 47,000 worldwide as U.S. politics interfere with lifesaving efforts John Seager, president and CEO of Population Connection “…We need to give women everywhere access to voluntary family planning services. Allow me to state the obvious: Fewer unplanned and unwanted pregnancies mean fewer abortions. … Sadly, though,…

Increasing Number Of Tanzanian Girls Flee From Illegal Mass FGM Rituals

Reuters: Hundreds of Tanzanian girls run away from home to avoid FGM “In a remote, deeply traditional corner of northern Tanzania, growing numbers of girls are running away from home to escape genital mutilation carried out during mass initiations. In the Tarime district of Mara region, bordering Kenya, the number…

New PEPFAR Partnership Will Help Prevent HIV Among Girls, Young Women In Eastern, Southern Africa

Huffington Post: PEPFAR, Nike Foundation and Gates Foundation Partnership Restores Hope for an AIDS-free Future for Girls Deborah Birx, ambassador-at-large and coordinator of U.S. government activities to combat global HIV/AIDS “…Despite success in other areas, like prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission, HIV prevention efforts to date have not successfully addressed…

Brazil Unveils New Rules To Curb Cesarean Deliveries, Promote Natural Birth

Associated Press: New rules to curb ‘epidemic’ of cesarean births in Brazil “Brazil has unveiled new rules aimed at stemming the South American nation’s ‘epidemic of cesareans’ and promoting natural births among private health care providers. Health Minister Arthur Chioro called Brazil’s obsession with cesareans, which account for more than…

U.N. Welcomes El Salvadorian Assembly’s Pardon Of Woman Previously Convicted Of ‘Aggravated Homicide’ For Miscarriage

U.N. News Centre: El Salvador: U.N. rights office welcomes ‘ground-breaking’ pardon of woman in abortion case “The United Nations human rights office [Friday] welcomed the ‘ground-breaking decision’ of the Salvadorian Legislative Assembly to pardon a young women’s 30-year sentence in an abortion case. Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez Aldana, who suffered a miscarriage…

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