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Sex, Culture and Human Rights: An African Leader Breaks the Silence

An African leader breaks the silence on sex, culture, and human rights, and asserts that Africans together need to foster a generation of young people that is empowered with knowledge, and that values such as honesty, responsibility and service, in order to make safe and responsible choices about their sexuality.

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Unsafe Abortion: Why Money Might Matter

If aid is meant to create cost-effective, efficient and sustainable health care systems, African nations and the global community must address the high number of unsafe abortions and the needless waste of money spent addressing complications.

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Historic Pledge Against Female Genital Cutting in Somalia

Girls in the Northeastern region of Somalia, Puntland, will no longer be subject to a tradition of genital cutting after 14 villages pledge to abandon the practice.

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International Aid, Made Local

By using the peer-to-peer model, the Minnesota International Health Volunteers program avoids, or at least reduces, public health obstacles that arise when there’s a culture clash.

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Clinton’s Plan for Women, and the People Who Hope it Fails

Concern for women’s rights among many conservatives extends only as far as it can be used against our enemies.

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Kenya Gets Plan B

While here it has, generally, become a widely accepted emergency option, the BBC
reported today that in Kenya, the emergency pill—or e-pill, as it’s
called there—has caught on as many women’s favorite method of birth
control, “some even buying the pills in advance.”

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Rwandan Officials Promote Condom Use

Just months after the Pope denounced
condom use in Africa, Rwanda’s Deputy Speaker of Parliament Dr. Jean
Damascene Ntawukuriryayo said that the answer to his country’s high
fertility rate, paired with a 52 percent poverty rate, is helping his
people to drop the stigma attached to condoms.

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VIDEO: Africa’s First Female President Visits The Daily Show

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the “Iron Lady” of Liberia, made a
visit to Jon Stewart’s show this week to promote her new book, This Child Will Be Great, a memoir about her life of abuse, imprisonment, and ultimately her role as the first female president in Africa.

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More Uproar Over Pope’s Condom Comment

The medical journal The Lancet and various Facebook groups respond to Pope’s irresponsible and incorrect comments about condom use in Africa.

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Researcher Backs Pope, Both Are Still Wrong

A distinguished AIDS researcher backs the Pope’s comments that the AIDS epidemic is made worse by condom use. His logic and his motives are questionable.

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