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Obstetric Care Navigation: A New Model for LMICs

“Son muy enojados.” They’re very angry. It’s a phrase I’ve heard time and time again interviewing indigenous Guatemalan women about their experiences of maternal health care Read More

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

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Gender Equality Common Thread Among 17 Sustainable Development Goals, U.N. Official Says

U.N. News Centre: All 17 Global Goals interrelated, with strong links to gender equality — senior U.N. official “Addressing challenges faced by women in the world of work is a key theme for a United Nations forum on leveraging the power of partnerships to drive the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ‘The important…More


Time to take the conversation on adolescent health out of airconditioned conference rooms, and…

From October 27th to 29th, New Delhi, a wonderfully vibrant, colorful and youthful city, hosted over 1000 delegates and 125 youths from 65 different countries exploring issues related to adolescent health. The 11th World Congress on Adolescent Health, themed “Investing in Adolescent Health – The Future is now” was organized by the International Association for Adolescent Health in partnership with donors and consortium partners. As two public health researchers working in the field of adolescent health in Tanzania, we were more than happy to be at the conference, as you can imagine. The event featured 8 keynote lectures, 4 plenaries, 3 debates, 81 oral presentations and over 100 poster presentations.


Women, Peace, Security Addressed In New Global Index, U.N. Security Council Meeting

Devex: Regional, global gaps magnified in first index to monitor women, peace, and security “A new global index on women, peace, and security released at the United Nations on Thursday highlights huge regional and global disparities in women’s well-being, as well as a continuing lack of gender-disaggregated data limiting analysis on key issues. The index…More


Africa Must Scale Up Health, Education, Gender Equality Efforts To Meet Needs Of Growing Youth…

U.N. News Centre: ‘Imagine the potential of one billion children;’ UNICEF urges investment as Africa’s youth population surges “If Africa is to keep pace with an unprecedented demographic transition — African’s under-18 population will reach 750 million by 2030 — scaled-up investment in health, education, and women’s protection and empowerment will be needed or the…More


World Must Work Toward Closing Gender Gap, Achieving Reproductive Health Rights To Reach…

Devex: Poorest women feel inequality gap most as they try to access health care, reports UNFPA “Increasingly, women and girls across different strata of society are experiencing a greater divide as they seek to obtain access to sexual and reproductive health care. As inequality continues to rise within countries, it is creating far more than…More


World Bank/IMF Development Committee Releases Communiqué From Fall Meeting

World Bank: World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings 2017: Development Committee Communiqué This press release contains the official communiqué of the World Bank/IMF Development Committee, which met October 14 in Washington, D.C. The document outlines the committee’s recognition of and recommendations on various issues, including health and development goals, gender equality, resilience, and climate change (10/14).


Trump Administration Should Fully Fund, Implement Strategy To Empower Adolescent Girls

The Hill: Empower girls, change the world Gayatri Patel, senior policy advocate for gender and empowerment at CARE USA; Helena Minchew, program officer for U.S. foreign policy and advocacy at International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC); Lyric Thompson, director of policy and advocacy at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW); and Rachel Clement, policy…More


Financial Times Features Series Of Articles On Investing In Girls, Gender Equality

Financial Times: Girls: The Path to Gender Equality “Investing in girls and narrowing the gender gap brings a ‘triple benefit’ to society,” the series summary says. Highlights from the series include the following articles, among others: Financial Times: Why invest in teenage girls? “The economic argument is compelling: adolescence is the moment to secure a…More


Investing In Girls’, Women’s Health, Rights Is ‘Prerequisite’ For Achieving UHC

Devex: Opinion: Want to deliver on the promises of UHC? Invest in girls’ and women’s health and rights Katja Iversen, president and CEO of Women Deliver, and Michael Myers, managing director of the Rockefeller Foundation “…[W]ithout an intentional, relentless commitment to gender equality, even well-meaning plans to advance [universal health coverage (UHC)] — the goal…More


New WHO Leadership Team Demonstrates Agency’s Commitment To Gender Equality

HuffPost: A Leap Forward for Gender Equality in Global Health Nicole Schiegg, strategic communications consultant “Women have been making sizable contributions to global health for decades. We have influenced advocacy, policy, technical, and programmatic issues. However, as a global health community, we still battle conundrums like ‘all male panels’ and not seeing enough women in…More


African, Global Leaders Must Ensure All People Have Access To Quality Health Care

HuffPost: Universal Health Coverage and the Road to Equality Toyin Ojora Saraki, founder of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa “…[Universal health coverage (UHC)] not only improves health, but also reduces poverty, creates jobs, drives economic growth, promotes gender equality, and protects populations against epidemics. … Currently, [Nigeria’s health] system struggles to live up to even the…More


Gender Equality Critical To Achievement of SDGs

Huffington Post: We Can Build A Better World If We Stop Leaving Half Of It Behind Marie-Claude Bibeau, minister of international development and La Francophonie, and Kristalina Georgieva, Chief Executive Officer at the World Bank “The World Bank and the Government of Canada agree that one of the most effective ways to accelerate economic development,…More


Additional Funding, Political Will Needed To End Gender-Based Violence, Experts Say

Devex: $500M pledge on gender-based violence is a start, but won’t solve the ‘huge problem’ “The European Union has pledged $500 million for gender-based violence grants as the single biggest financial commitment to emerge during Global Goals Week. But experts in the sector point out it is still far from enough to solve such a…More


Philanthropists Pledge $34M To Improve Gender-Related Development Data Collection

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Philanthropists pledge millions for better U.N. data on women “Philanthropists pledged millions of dollars to fund U.N. data gathering on Thursday, saying it was vital to learn more about the world’s women to tackle the poverty that disproportionately affects them. Pledges totaling $34 million were unveiled during a side event of the…More


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