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Women’s Lives Are Worth Saving

For me, the worst violence of all is when a woman who wants either to stop or to space childbearing cannot do so because of lack of contraception.

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Letter from Kenya: For Fistula Sufferers, Light at End of the Tunnel

The persistence of fistula is a signal that health systems are failing to meet the needs of women.

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Panties with Power

The new Panty Power campaign targeting Burma’s military dictatorship is just one example of the creative methods women use to demand change.

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Letter from Kenya: Child Marriage at Home and Abroad

Kenya is keen to make laws criminalizing child marriage but is not ready to follow through with the promise to protect girls.

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Kenyan Women Head to the Polls

Women have reasons to come out in droves for Kenya’s upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.

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When the Fight is Over

Kenya’s restrictive abortion laws are up for debate, but anti-choice forces prefer drama over dialog. Sound familiar?

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13 Million African Women

The African Women Development Fund launched the 13 Campaign based on the 2004 UNAIDS report stating that 13.1 million African women were infected with HIV.

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Pregnancy More Dangerous Than Airplanes

The chances of dying in a plane crash are much lower than dying from pregnancy in sub-Saharan Africa, yet the former gets much more attention.

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Catastrophic Silence on Adolescent Sexuality

Conservative abstinence-only policies in America reverberate with unintended consequences in Kenya and throughout Africa, endangering the lives of young people globally.

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Beyond Donor Support: Safe Motherhood in Kenya

Editor's Note: Today we welcome Florence Machio, a journalist writing from Kenya. She has experience in reproductive health, global health and human rights and will be reporting on reproductive health in Africa.

2007 is the halfway mark to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, one of which focuses on reduction of maternal mortality by 2015. It also marks nine years since the World Health Organization's 1998 statement declared safe motherhood a human right, yet contraception is far from being available in many parts of the world.

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