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Global Roundup: Have We Failed in Promoting Women’s Rights?

Weekly global roundup: A Tibetan Nun Self-Immolates; women’s rights activists are detained in Zimbabwe; gay rights under threat in Peru; and IPPF asks if we have failed at women’s empowerment and development.

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The Launch of “Women Under Siege:” A Journalistic Megaphone For Victims of Sexual Violence

Femicide and violence against women have reached epic proportions in Mexico and Central America, making the reality very near impossible to ignore. Women Under Siege, an innovative new initiative to document and protect the stories of sexual violence survivors, launches today. 

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Global Roundup: Uganda Anti-Gay Bill is Back; Mexico’s First Female Presidential Candidate from a Major Party

Starting this week, we will be bringing you a weekly roundup of global sexual and reproductive health and justice news!

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A Moratorium on Mutilation: Community Organizations Find Their Own Path To Ending a Dangerous Practice

While the UN is still celebrating International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, Tostan, a global rights and health organization, and others are enjoying “International Female Genital Cutting Abandonment Day.” The difference in phrasing is subtle, but the significance is huge.

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Women’s Rights Abuses in Afghanistan: Searching for the Full Story

Global coverage of women’s rights abuses in Afghanistan is critical to raising awareness and changing this reality. But what is being done on the ground and at the policy level? What is the good news? The picture is often larger, and more complex, than we see. 

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The Onerous Toll of the Helms Amendment and What Obama Can Do To Change It

As we celebrate the nearing anniversary of Roe v. Wade and President Obama’s repeal of the global gag rule another matter deserves our attention: the Helms Amendment is still alive and well. The president has it within his power to lessen the toll on women. Will he do so?

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Ethiopia Gets On the Pill, and That Matters for Africa

African countries are too often lumped together as one big composite of grave statistics and chronic epidemics. Because of this, it’s especially important that the global development and reproductive health communities recognize and amplify those success stories that can be told.  Ethiopia is one of them.

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On World Contraception Day, A Call to Pass the Responsible Parenthood Bill in the Philippines

Today is World Contraception Day. It’s actually a day just like any other, because it’s a day when so many women worldwide remain without access to birth control or other reproductive health services, and in which reproductive choice for all women remains an elusive goal.

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