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Pakistani Lawmakers Withdraw Bill Banning Child Marriage After Leading Religious Body Objects

Washington Post: Bill banning child marriage fails in Pakistan after it’s deemed ‘un-Islamic’ “Pakistani lawmakers had to withdraw a bill aimed at curbing the practice of child marriage after a prominent religious body declared the legislation un-Islamic. The bill, which proposed raising the marriage age for females from 16 to…

Birx Reiterates U.S. Government Efforts To Focus HIV/AIDS Spending On High-Burden Areas In NIH Lecture

NIH Fogarty International Center’s “Global Health Matters”: Global coordinator pushes for stronger, more focused anti-HIV efforts Cathy Kristiansen, editor and writer with the NIH Fogarty International Center, summarizes comments made by U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Deborah Birx “during an NIH lecture honoring Dr. Joseph J. Kinyoun, who founded the one-room…

Expanding Family Planning Access Requires Coordinated Rights-Based Approach

Devex: Rights-based family planning: Collaboration for acceleration Beth Schlachter, executive director of FP2020, and Yetnayet Asfaw, vice president for strategy and impact at EngenderHealth “…We have both the opportunity and obligation to accelerate our progress [in expanding family planning access] by putting an individual’s rights at the center — and…

Zika Virus Raises Questions Regarding Women’s Reproductive Rights

RH Reality Check: The Zika Virus Is a Matter of Reproductive Injustice Beatriz Galli, senior Latin America policy adviser for Ipas and member of the Bioethics Commission of the Lawyers Bar Association in Rio de Janeiro, discusses the Zika outbreak’s impact on women’s health, especially as it pertains to access…

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Birx Discusses Gender Equality, Partnerships In UCLA Speech

Daily Bruin: U.S. official calls for focus on gender equality as means to end AIDS Daily Bruin contributor Aaron Julian discusses a speech given at UCLA on Wednesday by U.S. Ambassador Deborah Birx, global AIDS coordinator and special representative for global health diplomacy at the State Department. “Birx said she…

Private Sector Can Play Larger Role In Family Planning, SRHR Programs, Experts Say

Devex: The case for a ‘greater’ private sector role in family planning “…Although private sector engagement is not a new concept — with myriad programs and initiatives now routinely cofinanced or supported through corporate social responsibility activities — [Katja Iversen, CEO of Women Deliver,] sees a much greater and more…

Sierra Leone’s Last Known Ebola Patient Released From Hospital; Ebola Widows Struggle To Survive In Liberia

Reuters: Sierra Leone discharges last known Ebola patient “Sierra Leone’s last known Ebola patient has been released from hospital, medical officials said on Monday, allowing authorities to begin a six-week countdown before declaring the West African country free of the virus once more…” (Fofana, 2/8). Thomson Reuters Foundation: Liberia’s Ebola…

U.N. SG Ban Calls For New, Unharmful Rites Of Passage To Replace FGM

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Replace female genital mutilation with new rites of passage, says U.N. chief “New, unharmful rites of passage should replace female genital mutilation, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said on Monday after new data showed there were more victims of the custom than previously estimated. The call by the…

Blog Posts Discuss Issues Surrounding Zika Virus

White House Blog: The Zika Virus: What You Need to Know Amy Pope, deputy assistant to the president for homeland security, answers “some questions that many Americans may have about the Zika disease and who it could impact…” (2/8). Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: Another Emergency Funding…

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