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Pandemic Seen Changing How Women Get Reproductive Health Care

Pandemic Seen Changing How Women Get Reproductive Health Care

The coronavirus pandemic could bring wider use of self-managed abortions and contraception, extending reproductive health care to more women and girls, medical charities said on Tuesday. With movement restricted as nations try to limit the spread of COVID-19, women using medication to end unwanted pregnancies becomes a viable option, said Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF), a […]

Private, Public Sectors Should Work Together to Improve Reproductive Health

Private, Public Sectors Should Work Together to Improve Reproductive Health

Today, almost one in three women aged 15 to 49 in Uganda are using contraception to help plan their families, protect their health, and pursue their dreams. Fifty years ago, when I was a young medical student, this would have been unimaginable. At the time, women who wanted to prevent or delay pregnancy had few […]

Venezuela Crisis: Sterilizations Soar As Couples Count The Cost Of children

Venezuela Crisis: Sterilizations Soar As Couples Count The Cost Of children

Rawlins/Reuters Reuters in Caracas Wednesday 3 August 2016 17.33 BST Last modified on Wednesday 3 August 2016 18.24 BST Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Shares 179 Comments 32 Save for later Venezuela’s food shortages, inflation and crumbling medical sector have become such a source of anguish that a growing number of young women are reluctantly opting […]

Providing Free Pads And Tampons To Incarcerated Women Is About More Than Hygiene

Providing Free Pads And Tampons To Incarcerated Women Is About More Than Hygiene

For incarcerated women in the U.S., the experience of a monthly period can be stressful and demeaning. While jails often supply menstrual products, such as pads and tampons, they are typically poor quality and doled out in limited numbers. If a woman needs more than what’s been allocated for her, she might be able to […]

Sterilised at 20: The Indian Women Seeking Permanent Contraceptive Solutions

Sterilised at 20: The Indian Women Seeking Permanent Contraceptive Solutions

Three days after she gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Susheela* is in the operating theatre. Her procedure will take only 10 minutes. A small scar below her bellybutton, hardly visible, is the only mark the doctors will leave behind. At 27, the mother of two is getting permanently sterilised. After the operation, Susheela […]

Rio Gang Rape Reveals Our Society’s Shocking Acceptance Of Violence Against Women

Rio Gang Rape Reveals Our Society’s Shocking Acceptance Of Violence Against Women

“Across the world, violence against women and girls remains one of the most serious—and the most tolerated—human rights violations,” — UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. A 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped by over 30 men in a Rio de Janeiro favela. Among the 30 men, not one of them stopped to ask why? Her […]

Telling Women to Avoid Pregnancy is Not a Solution For HIV and The Zika Virus

Telling Women to Avoid Pregnancy is Not a Solution For HIV and The Zika Virus

It is widely recognised that, if the transformations outlined in the sustainable development goals (SDGs) are to be achieved, respecting, protecting and fulfilling the human rights of women and girls – including their sexual and reproductive rights – will be essential. However, there is a significant barrier to this that frequently goes unmentioned: the role […]

Obstetric Fistula: ‘I Had Bled The Whole Night When The Doctor Saw Me – The Baby Had Died’

Obstetric Fistula: ‘I Had Bled The Whole Night When The Doctor Saw Me – The Baby Had Died’

    Sarah Omega was orphaned at the age of 11. With eight siblings and no money, she was forced to drop out of school in her small, Kenyan village after finishing her primary education. She later joined her elder sister who was working in the city of Eldoret. “When I was 19, I was […]

Sexual Health Gets Little Attention In A Crisis, With Devastating Results

Sexual Health Gets Little Attention In A Crisis, With Devastating Results

About 125 million people are affected by crises. A quarter of those people are female and of reproductive age – and women are 14 times more likely than men to die in a crisis. On Monday global thinkers, activists and politicians will come together for the world humanitarian summit in Istanbul to tackle some of […]

Afghan women’s radio returns after Taliban attack

Afghan women’s radio returns after Taliban attack

Six months after fleeing a Taliban assault on her city, the owner of an Afghan radio station devoted to women’s rights is back home and returning to the airwaves. Zarghona Hassan is a lifelong activist and the founder of a radio station in Kunduz that until last year reached hundreds of thousands of listeners across […]

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