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Addressing Obstetric Fistula: Towards a Just and Healthy Life for All

It’s been said that in an unequal world, women are the most unequal among equals.  Obstetric fistula is a living example of this statement.

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Surviving Obstetric Fistula: Awatif Altayib’s Story

Awatif is from Darfur, Sudan and is a survivor of fistula who turned her own suffering and ultimate good fortune into a quest to help other women.

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Human Rights-Based Approaches to Maternal Death in the U.S.

The U.S. has shockingly high rates of maternal death, especially among marginalized communities such as women of color. The human right to health care, particularly maternal health care, is not being met in the US. But we can change this.

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Women’s Rights Advocates Applaud New Executive Director of United Nations Population Fund

Women’s health and rights advocates today applauded the appointment of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin of Nigeria as executive director of the United Nations Population Fund.

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To Save Women’s Lives in Africa, Bring Abortion Out of the Shadows

Approximately 26,000 African women die as a result of unsafe abortion every year. Another 1.7 million are hospitalised, and many others also suffer serious health complications, but never seek treatment.  We can save these women.

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Maternal Health: Accountability and Behavior Change

Four days ago a young woman died giving birth in a bustling marketplace in New Delhi, just steps away from Parliament, and at the beginning of an international conference on maternal health. This is not acceptable.

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Local Context Matters to Women’s Lives: A Report from Delhi

There are many ways to save women’s lives, but the success of any given intervention depends on local context. What works in one locale may not work in another.

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Roundup: Mothers in New York Twice As Likely to Die During Childbirth Or First Year Post-Partum

Mothers in New York are dying at twice the rate of the rest of the country, and Susan B. Anthony List gives up and that whole pesky “woman candidate” thing.

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Saints Preserve Us and Find Us a Non-Catholic Hospital

Why are Catholic hospitals allowed to treat Catholics and non-Catholics alike with flagrant disregard for the most basic of human rights, holding them hostage to the canons of a church even its own members don’t obey?

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Ecuador Reduces Maternal Deaths

According to a report by Gonzalo Ortiz of InterPress News Service (IPS), Ecuador has achieved a steep decline in maternal deaths and illness through a model program “centered on the mother’s needs and not those of the doctor or midwife.”

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