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Global Roundup: Madagascar’s Sex Work Industry On the Rise; Al Qaeda Threatens Maternal Health in Yemen

Weekly global roundup: The latest with the delayed RH Bill in the Philippines; HIV/AIDS stigma impedes maternal care in Kenya; Maternal deaths rise due to fighting in Yemen’s south; and the sex work industry booms in Madagascar.

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Forced Pregnancy Testing: Blatant Discrimination and a Gross Violation of Human Rights

Forced pregnancy testing in schools is a gross violation of young women’s fundamental human rights. It is a shock to see a practice I’ve come to associate with schools in the developing world being replicated in the United States.

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Global Roundup: Philippines On the Verge of Reproductive History; Laotian Women Take On Land Mines

Weekly global roundup: Philippines Congress (finally!) set to vote on embattled RH Bill; Nepal recruits female police officers to stem violence against women; All-female mine deprogramming teams make history in Laos; and survivors of sexual violence in Kenya’s 2007 post-election chaos still await justice. 

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Dispatches From AWID 2012: Women’s Land Rights Debate Roils On

In many regions of the world, women produce the majority of the food consumed by their families and communities, and make up the majority of the world’s small-scale farmers, yet own the rights to almost none of the land. At AWID 2012, experts examined what is changing and how.

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Global Roundup: Teen Pregnancy Rising in Guatemala; Canada Legalizes Brothels

Photo: Generando

Weekly global roundup: Understanding rape in the Congo; Mobile phones prevent maternal deaths in Kenya; Ontario puts safeguards in place for sex workers; Teen pregnancy rises swiftly in Guatemala.

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Global Roundup: Are Anti-Trafficking Efforts Doing More Harm Than Good?

Samira Ibrahim via Global Post

Weekly global roundup: “virginity test” doctor is acquitted in Egypt while women’s football gathers momentum; condoms may literally save South Africa; a rosier picture of sex work in Thailand; journalist threatened for exposing female genital cutting in Liberia; and a steamy drama series in Kenya tackles sexual taboos.

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Underreported and Unchecked: Sexual Violence Against Somali Refugee Women

I recently returned from Kenya, where Somali women and families are seeking refuge by the thousands. I met with Hubbie Hussein Al-Haji of MADRE’s sister organization, Womankind Kenya, a grassroots women’s organization of Somali pastoralists. Here is what I learned.

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What Does US Policy Have to Do With Child Brides and Drought in Kenya?

Years of misguided U.S. policy such as the Global Gag Rule have contributed to today’s crisis in Kenya.

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Roundup: Free Condoms by Mail for Philly Teens

Kenya could get condom manufacturing plant, Santorum announces exploratory committee, Indiana won’t require women to hear breast cancer lies before an abortion, and Philadelphia’s teen condom campaign causes controversy.

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Roundup: Reusing Condoms in Rural Kenya

Reusing condoms due to lack of availability in Kenya, Governor McDonnell signs TRAP law in Virginia, North Dakota pushes abstinence-until-marriage, and looking at discrimination of transgendered persons.

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