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Not Shipshape: STI Rates Higher for Women in the Military

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Not only are unintended pregnancy rates higher for some servicewomen—now we’re learning that across the military, the STI rate among women is seven times than that of the general population.

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How Can We Prevent Rape as a Weapon Used in Conflict?

Can we do anything useful to stop sexual assault in conflict, and, if so, is the United Nations the entity to do it?

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Report from Syria: Women Combat an Oppressive Regime Online, On the Ground, and Sometimes Armed

Activist Rodaina Eessa with her sister. Photo: Ruth Michaelson/RH Reality Check.

Syria’s media war is being waged with gory images from the ground. But preconceived notions about subservient Middle Eastern women could lead the world to assume that there have been no women active on the ground in Syria. This is simply not true: we’re just not looking hard enough.

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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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The Deeply Troubled Past and Present of Inter-country Adoptions from Nations in Conflict and Chaos

Stories abound of children stolen from their families in countries of conflict and chaos. Beware of countries with a history of atrocities and don’t become complicit: The “blinders” are quite profound once you enter the adoption process and become committed to a child.

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Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown: Military Women Deserve Access To Abortion After Rape

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The Republican Senator is breaking from his party ranks to support allowing access to abortion for women in the military who have been victims of sexual assault.

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New Ad Campaign Features Three-Star General and Veterans Against a Military Ban on Abortion Coverage

Dottie Guy, Kayla Williams and Shannon Clark, three female veterans who have recently returned from war zones.

The ACLU, in conjunction with a group of retired military leaders and veterans, launched a new ad campaign today targeting the Department of Defense’s ban on servicewomen using their insurance to pay for abortion services if they become pregnant as the result of rape or incest.

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Dispatches From AWID 2012: Burmese Women’s Groups to World: Hold the Applause

At AWID 2012, Burmese women’s groups described the culture of fear, oppression, and abuse still rife within the country, and warned the international community not to celebrate just yet.

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Lack of Contraceptive Access: The Public Health Emergency in Eastern Burma

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A report released today details how the public health emergency in eastern Burma continues to undermine the health and well being of millions of people affected by decades of war. Women in eastern Burma face the worst pregnancy outcomes anywhere in Asia, and access to contraception is virtually nonexistent. 

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Reproductive Health Services in the Military: It’s Time to Stop Denying Servicewomen the Basic Rights For Which They Fight

Military servicewomen fight for our country and our rights yet are denied access to basic reproductive health care.  They face shockingly high rates of sexual assault and rape, yet are denied access to legal services. We urge policymakers in 2012 to put politics aside and support the women serving our country through policies that put their needs and wellbeing first, as they do ours.

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