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FGM Prevalent In Some Parts Of Iran, Study Shows

The Guardian: Female genital mutilation practiced in Iran, study reveals “The first authoritative study into female genital mutilation in Iran has found the practice is being carried out in at least four major provinces while officials are silent on the matter…” (Dehghan, 6/4).

U.S. Should Make Funding Available For Abortions Among Women Raped In Conflict

The Hill: Stand with women and girls raped in conflict Rev. Harry Knox, president and CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity “…The Helms amendment is a decades-old provision that each president since it was enacted, including…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Various Aspects Of Ebola Care, Treatment

Slate: All Lives Matter Karin Huster, registered nurse and humanitarian aid worker “…More than 800 health care workers across West Africa who contracted Ebola were unable to receive the same level of care our American colleague is receiving. It simply wasn’t, and isn’t, available. Horrifyingly, some 500 of them died.…

Female Circumcision Persists In Indonesia, GlobalPost Reports

GlobalPost: The custom of female circumcision remains good business in Indonesia “…Indonesia is home to some 210 million Muslims, the world’s largest population. Researchers believe most Muslim women here are circumcised. The authorities banned the practice in 2006, but backpedaled in 2010 following pressure from some of the country’s powerful…

CSIS Panel, Report Address HIV Prevention, Treatment Among Young Women, Girls

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: “An Emergency that Requires Risk Taking” Janet Fleischman, senior associate at the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, discusses a high-level panel held at CSIS on April 17, which featured U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx; Ambassador Mark Dybul, executive director…

Petitioners File Suit Against Kenyan Government, Call For Safe Abortion Guidelines

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Kenya in court after botched abortion injures raped 15-year-old “The mother of a 15-year-old rape survivor, who needs a kidney transplant following a botched backstreet abortion, filed a case against Kenya’s government on Monday for denying women and girls safe access to terminations. … The petitioners are…

Development Agencies Must Include Women When Defining Health, Economic Priorities

The Guardian: Why the development community needs to hear women’s voices Joanna Moorhead, writer at the Guardian “The reality of women’s lives has tended to be ignored or misunderstood by aid agencies. Women need to be made integral to economic progress in developing countries and agencies need to stop seeing…

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