Reproductive rights advocates scored a couple of victories last week while the Supreme Court considers the impact of allowing patents on human genetic material.
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.
Weekly global roundup: United Nations report on global maternal health yields mixed results; South Asian teen girls still marrying at high rates; Zambia sees conflict over various articles on reproductive rights in new constitution draft; Indonesia continues to struggle with reproductive and sexual health as they face growing rates of HIV infection.
Weekly global roundup: Male midwives on the rise in Cameroon; Melinda Gates says birth control is not controversial; Afghan women march for their rights; and Nigeria’s population grows as contraceptive use dwells near nil.
Weekly global roundup: Burmese democracy activist wins historic Parliament seat; the UN investigates honor killings in India; Open source rape tracking in Syria; and female condoms make a comeback in Nigeria.
Providing comprehensive care for fistula survivors demands a coordinated group effort, from finding women in need of repair, to transporting them to services, to reintegration.
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.
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.
In a region with restrictive abortion laws and low contraceptive prevalence, young women face significant barriers both to preventing unwanted pregnancy and to safe abortion care.
Parable: A renowned “man of God” abhorred abortion, until his own wife was raped and, out of pride, he chose a back-alley abortion over a safe procedure, permanently harming his wife. In Nigeria, this scenario is all too common.