The Medicalization of FGM: Why We Should Be Worried

Across the globe, a growing battle is being fought against a practice that has deprived women and girls from realizing their rights to reproductive and Read More

The burden of the gift of aid

The splendor of Lake Atitlán is unreal. No water should be so blue, no sky so clear, no hills so lush. The lake is a Read More

Cultural Sex Work in India and the Right to Health

In India, there are a number of tribal communities that have systematized the sexual exploitation of their mothers and daughters, often masking their work as Read More


New Report Offers Recommendations On How To Make SDG 3 More Inclusive For LGBTI People

NBC News: New Report Provides U.N. With Global LGBTQ Health Recommendations “A new report issued by two human rights organizations seeks to improve the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people around the world. … The paper includes a series of nine recommendations for making Agenda 2030’s Sustainable Development Goal…More

‘Menstrual Leave’ Policies Ignite Debate Over Women’s Rights, Gender Equality

New York Times: In Some Countries, Women Get Days Off for Period Pain “…[The digital media company Culture Machine] is one of a handful of private Indian companies to have started such [‘menstrual leave’] policies in recent months. Menstrual leaves are recognized in few other countries, among them Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, South Korea, and Zambia.…More

Global Fund Partnership In Rwanda Aims To Address Connection Between Gender-Based Violence,…

Friends of the Global Fight Blog: Gender-based Violence and HIV/AIDS: A Rwandan Project Confronts the Connection In this blog post, the first in a series of blog posts by Friends of the Global Fight addressing gender equality, Mark P. Lagon, chief policy officer at Friends of the Global Fight, discusses how challenges to gender equality,…More

Canada’s Foreign Aid Strategy Signals Commitment To Women, Gender Equity

The Lancet: Canada’s feminist foreign aid agenda Editorial Board “…The announcement on June 9 of a CAN$5 billion annual aid plan for the next five years, directed at women’s organizations in the Global South, has now been welcomed as a feminist foreign aid strategy. Ninety-five percent of Canadian foreign aid will now be committed to…More

U.N. Member States Should Commit To Accelerating Research To Improve LGBTI Health, Well-Being

Inter Press Service: Will the U.N. ‘Leave No One Behind’ and Improve LGBTI Health and Well-Being? Felicity Daly, global research coordinator for OutRight Action International “While there has been progress in researching the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people and responding to certain emerging health threats in high-income countries…More

New Consortium Of Australian NGOs Launches Public Campaign To Increase Awareness Of, Support…

Devex: Will a new campaign convince Australia to step up at the Family Planning Summit? “…The Australian aid program from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade prioritized gender equality — with a target of 80 percent of aid investment effectively addressing gender issues in their implementation. But investment of the aid budget into family…More

New Report Offers Recommendations On Monitoring LGBTI Health Needs In 2030 Agenda

Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF)/OutRight Action International: Agenda 2030 for LGBTI Health and Well-Being This joint report discusses how Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 is relevant to the specific health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people and offers recommendations on how to effectively monitor progress on LGBTI health needs…More

International Community Far From Meeting Funding Goals Needed To Prevent Famine In Africa

The Guardian: Nigeria’s food crisis: by the time famine is declared, it’s too late Amy Harrison, technical specialist in gender and conflict at Social Development Direct “…North-east Nigeria has long suffered from geographical marginalization and chronic underdevelopment, but it was the rise of Boko Haram that brought the region to international attention. … My Nigerian…More

Canada Releases New Foreign Aid Policy Focusing More On Gender Equality Programs

Devex: Canada’s new foreign aid policy puts focus on women, rights “…Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau released the country’s long-awaited International Assistance Policy last Friday, a strategy that calls itself ‘feminist’ and represents a major shift of the country’s vision for international development onto the world’s most vulnerable and marginalized populations. Within five years,…More

Pulitzer Center Gender Lens Conference Panel Examines Public Health Initiatives Worldwide

Pulitzer Center: Gender Lens: Sustainable Solutions in Global Health Cece Charendoff, an intern with the Pulitzer Center, describes a panel discussion that took place on June 3 at the Pulitzer Center’s Gender Lens Conference that examined “current public health initiatives and problems that face the world.” Charendoff notes, “The panelists included documentary photographer and Pulitzer…More

Are good school principals born or can they be made?

Good principals can make a big difference “It is widely believed that a good principal is the key to a successful school.” So say Branch, Hanushek, and Rivkin in their study of school principals on learning productivity. But how do you measure this? Using a database from Texas in the United States, they employ a value-added approach analogous to that used to measure performance among teachers. They control for basic information on student backgrounds (gender, ethnicity, and an indicator of poverty) as well as student test scores from the previous year.

Congress Should Fully Fund Global Health Programs In FY18 Budget, Including Family Planning,…

Huffington Post: Trump’s Global Health Agenda Exposes Lies And Deception Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) “…[O]ne week before the release of Trump’s proposed FY18 budget, the State Department included family planning and reproductive health as an international health program supported by U.S. global health assistance. … At that…More

Understanding Intersection Of Gender, Infectious Disease Critical To Equitable Outbreak…

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: It’s time for a new question in disease outbreaks In a guest post, Brittany Iskarpatyoti, research associate and gender adviser for the MEASURE Evaluation, discusses the importance of monitoring gender data and understanding the links between gender and infectious disease, writing, “By creating a dialogue and shared understanding…More

G7 Leaders Should Commit To Investing In Health, Nutrition, Especially For Women, Children

Thomson Reuters Foundation: For shared prosperity, G7 must invest in the health and rights of girls and women Katja Iversen, president and CEO of Women Deliver “…G7 leaders are expected to unveil a Roadmap for a Gender-Responsive Economic Environment at their annual summit starting today. If countries are truly committed to empowering women, they will…More

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