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MDG Film Fest: Poverty – Sin Nombre

Akimbo, the blog of the International Women’s Health Coalition blog, features Sin Nombre,  a film about MDG #1, eradicating poverty and hunger globally.

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Missouri Improves On Child Welfare, But Not By Much

One would think that child welfare would be a top priority in a state where politicians running for office regularly list their tradition family values among their qualifications, but that is not the case.

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Ending Child Marriage: It’s a Smart Investment

We believe that an adolescent girl living in poverty is the most powerful person in the world. If we reach her early enough, she can accelerate economies, arrest major global health issues and break cycles of poverty.

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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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Women Living in Poverty Make Up Increasing Share of Patients Seeking Abortion Care

The proportion of abortion patients who were poor increased by almost 60 percent between 2000 and 2008, according to a new report by the Guttmacher Institute.

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Children Living in Poverty Birthing Children into Poverty: A Continuing Cycle

High rates of youth poverty precede high rates of teenage childbearing. Teens residing in communities with high rates of poverty, welfare use, and single-mother households are at higher risk for early pregnancy.

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GOP Blocks Extension of Unemployment Insurance

Last week, Senate Democrats proposed extending unemployment insurance by 14 weeks — with an extra six weeks for states with unemployment above 8.5 percent — only to have Republicans block the measure on the chamber floor.

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Sex, Rights, and Politics–From Cairo to Berlin

Sex happens: 125 million times each and every day. So how is it that in the 21st century this precious element of human existence is still taboo? Strengthening sexual and reproductive health and rights must become a global priority. Our future depends on it.

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Policies to Curb Latina Teen Pregnancies Have Failed

Latina teens give birth at a rate more than twice that of white teens. Many of the policies intended to address this are misguided and have been largely ineffective. We need a dramatically different approach.

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Nat’l Women’s Law Center: Women Experiencing Declining Income, Increasing Poverty, and Loss of Private Coverage

Census data from 2008 show an increase in the number of women who have lost income, lost private coverage and are falling into poverty. The increase in the number of women without coverage stems from the continued erosion of private insurance –- primarily through the loss of job-based coverage–even before the worst of the economic crisis hit.

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