| | |

Tag search: "Women"

Promoting health through the life course

Women murder victims: guns used in majority of homicides

Guns are used in more than half of murders of women, and the highest frequency is among non-Hispanic black victims, according to a new analysis by the CDC. Domestic violence is a big factor: Firearms were used in nearly 54 percent of female homicides, and in 55 percent of those cases the perpetrator is someone with whom the victim has been intimately involved. Past studies have demonstrated that a woman’s risk of homicide increases greatly if her male abuser owns a gun

July 21, 2017
Newsweek, NPR
July 20, 2017
Washington Post

Abortion rights groups sue Texas to block procedure ban

Abortion rights groups filed a lawsuit seeking to block a Texas law that bans the most common method of second-trimester abortion which critics argue erodes women`s rights. The challenge, which came six weeks after the state`s governor signed the law, was the latest salvo in a battle over state laws enacted by Republican-controlled state legislatures that advocates say limit access to abortion

July 20, 2017

UN helps Syria's women farmers by treating their livestock

More than a million sheep, goats and cows have been treated for parasites in Syria to help resurrect the country`s war-battered food production and shore up its female farmers, a U.N. agency said. The FAO said it had wrapped up a three-month, anti-parasite campaign, reaching 234,000 farmers in government and rebel-held areas in ten regions, including Homs, Aleppo and Hasakeh. The recipients were mostly women, who are traditionally responsible for livestock in rural Syria and who now make up more than 60 percent of the country`s agricultural workforce

July 14, 2017

Property rights campaign for women takes aim at patriarchy in South Asia

Across India, only 13 percent of farmland is owned by women. Activists have launched a campaign in South Asia to appeal to men to stand up for the property rights of their daughters, wives and sisters and ask women to demand their share as a way to curb violence against women in the region. Property for Her was launched on social media this week, with messages on Twitter and Facebook, as well as a petition on change.org. The petition asks parents to promise to leave their daughter an equal share of property, and brothers to stand with their sisters in ensuring her rights

July 6, 2017

United States rejects U.N. call for access to safe abortions

The United States has rejected a United Nations resolution on violence against women because it called for access to safe abortion for all women in countries where legal. The administration of President Donald Trump said last month it was vastly expanding the scope of a policy blocking U.S. assistance to foreign groups that perform or provide information about abortions. U.S. First Secretary to the U.N. in Geneva Jason Mack said, after a resolution from Canada on eliminating violence against women was adopted by consensus, that the U.S. "must dissociate from the consensus" specifically on access to safe abortions

June 22, 2017

Wombs for rent: Indian surrogacy clinic confines women in "terrible conditions", say police

Police raided an illegal fertility clinic in southern India at the weekend and discovered 47 surrogate mothers - who had been lured to rent their wombs for money - living in "terrible conditions", they said. "They were mostly migrants from north eastern states who had been brought here through agents and promised up to 400,000 rupees (around $6,000)." India`s surrogacy industry has come under attack from women`s rights groups who say such clinics are "baby factories" for the rich, and lack of regulation results in poor and uneducated women signing contracts they do not fully understand

June 19, 2017

Nepal court demands quick compensation for acid attack victims

Nepal`s Supreme Court, in response to a petition by rights group Forum for Women, Law and Development (FWLD), last month ordered the government to amend the law to ensure victims of acid attacks and burning receive immediate compensation and critical care. There are about 40 reported cases of burns and acid attacks every year in Nepal, with nearly three-quarters of the victims women, according to New York-based charity Donor Direct Action, citing non-profit Burns Violence Survivors Nepal

June 16, 2017

For women in Kenya's dry north, water is power

A new way of funding climate change projects at the local level is giving women more say over the use of precious resources. Ahmed Abdi, CEO of Arid Lands Development Focus Kenya (ALDEF Kenya), said women now have a chance to influence decisions that affect their livelihoods, particularly on issues of grazing pastures and water thanks to the Wajir’s Climate Change Fund

June 16, 2017

The weaker sex? Science that shows women are stronger than men

When it comes to longevity, surviving illness and coping with trauma, one gender comes out on top – women. The Guardian profiles scientists working on studies to find out

June 11, 2017
The Guardian

Nigerian shelter shrugs off attacks to save girls from marriage and street work

The Thomson Reuters Foundation News looks at the Yola, Nigeria Charity Centre for Women and Adolescent Empowerment that has been repeatedly attacked for offering help to thousands of girls and women. The Centre also supports parents, giving them money so they can send their daughters to school rather than making them sell wares on the streets or marrying them off in the predominantly Muslim city. UNICEF data says at least four in ten girls in Nigeria are married before they turn 18, while almost a fifth are wed before fifteen

June 8, 2017

In Poland, Being a Woman Can Be Bad for Your Health

After last year’s attempt to impose a near-total ban on abortion, the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has introduced a bill to limit sales of emergency contraception, or the “morning-after pill,” which can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex, including in cases of rape. Under the pretence of ensuring quality health care, Poland’s Minister of Health said the law is to allow women to get medical advice about “whether these substances negatively affect health.” In reality, it is a pretext to further limit reproductive choice

June 6, 2017
Human Rights Watch

In drought-stricken Mali, women manoeuvre for land - and a future

Malian men control access to land and decide which parts women are allowed to farm - that`s a problem for women as erratic weather increases competition for land and harvests. In some cases, crop losses on their own land have led men to encroach on land traditionally farmed by women and even steal women`s crops, according to development workers in the area. But an experiment in securing women`s access to small plots of land - and training them to grow crops in difficult climate conditions - aims to change that

May 29, 2017

‘Scheme for empowering girls is in doldrums’

Awareness about the Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (RGSEAG)-SABLA is poor in the State, claim child rights experts. The SABLA scheme was implemented in 2010 across 205 districts in the country. The scheme aims at empowering adolescent girls between 11 and 18 years of age by improving their nutrition and health and teaching them life skills. It also focusses on educating them on their legal rights, reproductive cycle, HIV/AIDS, contraception, menstrual hygiene, marriage, pregnancy and child care

May 29, 2017
The Hindu

As surgeries triple, Kenya aims to end shame of fistula

Kenya’s hopes of ending incontinence caused by fistula, one of the most serious childbirth injuries, are rising as more women are receiving surgery as more local surgeons are being trained, and awareness of the stigmatizing condition grows. Fistula repairs have tripled to 1,500 a year nationwide since the start of the decade, according to Gynocare, one of Kenya’s leading fistula treatment centres. The Fistula Foundation has helped train six more surgeons and aims to provide 1,200 free surgeries in three years. It is committed to helping end fistula in a generation

May 25, 2017

Indian activists hail minister's call to end female genital mutilation

Women activists campaigning to end FGM in a minority Muslim community in India, hailed a minister’s pledge to introduce a law to end this centuries old custom. FGM is carried out by the Dawoodi Bohra community which considers the secretive practice an obligation

May 22, 2017

Radio aimed at Nicaragua's Miskito women takes on violence, trafficking

Airing from dusk to dawn, six days a week, broadcast along the country’s impoverished north Atlantic Coast, a new radio station is being hailed by UN Women and campaigners as a key way to reach indigenous communities plagued by violence against women and girls. Powered mainly on solar radio, it is the first and only radio station dedicated to women’s rights in their native language

May 22, 2017

No man is born 'trashy'

An article in News24 tackles the scale of domestic violence in South Africa where it was found 60,000 women and children are victims of domestic violence, according to a study carried out by the World Health Organization. South Africa is the second most unsafe country out of the 48 countries south of the Sahara. Many domestic violence victims do not understand what it is and two in three women suffer a form of abuse, but the problem is being ignored

May 17, 2017

Abortion pill group's Facebook page deleted over promoting 'drug use'

Facebook censored the page of an organization that helps women obtain abortion pills, citing its policy against ‘the promotion or encouragement of drug use.’ Women on Web, which is based in Amsterdam, helps connect women with doctors who can provide abortion pills if they live in countries where abortion is restricted. It is a sister organization to Women on Waves, which provides abortions and other reproductive services on a ship in international waters 

May 11, 2017
The Guardian
May 12, 2017
Newsweek, Telegraph, International Business Times

HRT could increase the risk of deafness, major study finds

Women who take HRT to help them cope with symptoms of the menopause could face an increased risk of deafness, a landmark study suggests. The research on more than 80,000 women found that those who took hormone replacement therapy for between five and ten years had a 15% higher risk of hearing loss. And those who took it for longer had a still greater chance of suffering from deafness, the mass study said. Scientists said it was not clear why the pills were linked to a higher chance of hearing loss

May 10, 2017
Telegraph, EurekAlert, NDTV

Gut bacteria may help explain benefits of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding has long been linked to a variety of health benefits in babies and a new study suggests that bacteria transferred from mothers to their nursing infants might at least be partly responsible. Researchers found gut microbial communities matched the bacteria in their mothers’ milk and on their mothers’ skin much more than it resembled samples from other women in the study

May 9, 2017

Kenya hopes to double maternity leave to boost mother and child health

Kenya is hoping to pass a new law which will see maternity leave increased to six months from three if a bill before parliament is passed in a bid to boost the health of mothers and babies. The bill is opposed by employer groups who say businesses cannot afford to give women the time off, even though the second three months would be optional, unpaid leave

May 8, 2017

Opinion: Where were the women at the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference?

The writer argues that gender was missing from most of the plenary sessions she attended. “Addressing gender issues requires a conviction that attention to gender is necessary”. “It requires employing time and financial resources, predicated on the knowledge that shrugging off the need for these resources means letting down women, the largest and most consistently marginalized population on the planet”

May 2, 2017

Men in the Middle East slow to embrace gender equality - study

Most young men in the Middle East and North Africa still hold traditional attitudes similar to their fathers towards women’s role in society, according to a survey, which said the region was bucking a global trend by not embracing change fully. The study of nearly 10,000 men and women across Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and the Palestinian Territories also revealed significant levels of domestic violence and sexual harassment

May 2, 2017
Trust.org, Reuters, Guardian, BBC

93,000 people die annually from firewood smoke – NGO

The Women’s Initiative for Sustainable Environment and the Women’s Earth Alliance have trained 30 women from different communities across Kaduna State on how to use clean and energy efficient cooking stoves. The NGO director said ‘if a woman cooked breakfast, lunch and supper with firewood, the consequence of her action was equivalent to smoking three packs of 20 cigarettes a day.’ Smoke is the biggest killer of people, particularly women, after malaria and HIV Aids; no less than 72% of Nigerians solely depend on firewood for cooking their meals

April 30, 2017
PMNews Nigeria

India's Muslim women fight tradition and family for right to property

The Thomson Reuters Foundation features the story of how Muslim Indian women are starting to reject outmoded tradition and family prejudice to start fighting for their legal rights to own property

April 28, 2017

Nigeria: 1,480 Domestic Violence Cases Recorded in Two Years - LASG

Across Africa, domestic violence is the most prevalent form of violence against women and girls, but many authorities see it as a family matter. Women’s groups say education is key to helping survivors stand up and report abuse when it happens

April 27, 2017
allafrica.com, News Deeply

NGO Trains 6000 Women

The Women Inspiration Development Centre (WIDC), an NGO, said it has trained 6,000 women and girls in 12 rural communities in self-protection against gender-based violence in 2016. Mrs Busayo Obisakin, WIDC Founder, said the training has been done in collaboration with a U.S.-based NGO called ‘Imagine.’ In her presentation in Lagos, Mrs Obisakin listed the organizations outcomes: with some women achieving peace in their homes as a result of economic empowerment, some women have left their unrepentant husbands and are in peace with their children, some with health issues understand their situation better and are seeing improvement, some are furthering studies and attending weekend schools and others have small businesses and are accessing microfinance from banks

April 27, 2017
PMNews Nigeria

Scientists develop fluid-filled artificial womb to help premature babies

Scientists in the United States have developed a fluid-filled womb-like bag known as an extra-uterine support device that could transform care for extremely premature babies, thereby significantly increasing their chances of survival

April 26, 2017
Reuters, Fortune, Times of India, Washington Post

Green the red: Indian city breaks taboos for "sustainable menstruation"

The Indian city of Thiruvananthapuram is leading the way in breaking the taboo surrounding menstruation as it seeks to ‘green the red’ and develop a sustainable menstruation project promoted by the city’s civic authority. From vending machines dispensing cotton pads to awareness campaign and higher disposal fees for girls and women using disposable pads, the city of more than 1.5m is taking measures to help women switch to eco-friendly menstruation products

April 25, 2017

Widespread Criticism Follows Saudi Arabia Joining U.N. Women's Rights Group

There is a growing backlash to the election of Saudi Arabia to the top United Nations women’s rights body, with critics pointing to the kingdom’s extremely restrictive gender laws. Saudi Arabia is set to join the UN Commission on the Status of Women for a four year term from 2018-2022. UN Watch’s group executive director, Hillel Neur, blasted the international body’s decision citing its regressive views on women’s rights

April 24, 2017
Newsweek, National Review, Middle East Eye

Dutch boat handing out abortion pills at sea hopes to makes waves in Mexico

A Dutch boat carrying abortion pills for women anchored off the coast of Mexico, in a move designed to draw attention to the country’s stringent abortion laws and barriers faced by women seeking to end their pregnancies. The boat, operated by Dutch non-profit group Women on Waves, provides free abortion services for women up to 9 weeks pregnant in international waters where abortion is banned or restricted

April 21, 2017
April 22, 2017
Noticia al Dia, fr.news.yahoo

WHO says 69% of pregnant women lack access to preventive malaria treatment in Africa

In a statement ahead of World Malaria Day, WHO called on all malaria endemic countries in Africa to urgently improve access to preventative malaria treatment and other critical tools for pregnant women on the continent. Despite progress made in malaria prevention in pregnant women in Africa, 69% of them are still not receiving the recommended doses of intermittent treatment in pregnancy therapy required for protection against malaria infection

April 21, 2017
Financial Nigeria

FEATURE-Kenya's pastoralists look beyond patriarchy to property rights for women

Over-grazing and the sub-division and privatisation of land and its transfer to agricultural use has forced Kenyan herder communities to accept and adopt new land strategies, including applying for security of tenure and women in land transfer and inheritance, eroding the old patriarchal customs of men as decision makers and managers of land and stock

April 19, 2017

Celebrated African women hope to inspire girls to narrow gender gap

Twelve women from Mali, Morocco and Zimbabwe among other countries, were honoured at a ceremony hosted by the New African Woman magazine in the Senegalese capital Dakar. The awards seek to celebrate successful African women in fields ranging from politics and business to agriculture and the arts and they seek to inspire girls across the continent to strive towards closing the gender gap, winners of the New African Women Awards commented

April 13, 2017
Reuters, GNN Liberia
April 14, 2017
Africa News

One third of Indonesian women suffer abuse, prompting UN calls for action

One third of Indonesian women have faced physical or sexual violence, according to new government data, prompting calls by a UN agency for urgent action to protect women. The government’s first national survey on violence against women showed 33% of women between the ages of 15-64 – around 26 million people – said they faced abuse in their lives. Cases of violence are most common among women who have received a higher education and those who live in an urban area

April 12, 2017
Trust.org, Straits Times

Why Assam’s two-child policy plan is being criticized by public health experts

Assam has proposed a new population policy for the state which penalises people who have more than two children. If the draft becomes law they would be ineligible for government jobs and benefits and be barred from contesting all elections under the state election commission. Analysts believe this move by the BJP-led state government is directed at Bengali-speaking Muslim immigrants who are perceived to have larger families. Activist believe this policy is unconstitutional and violates rights of citizens

April 12, 2017
Scroll India

97% of meningitis victims in Zamfara are women - NGO

Save the Children says that about 97% of all the meningitis victims in Zamfara are women.  The NGO monitored the victims of meningitis in isolation centres set up by the state government at various health facilities to arrive at this percentage. The news was attributed to poverty, illiteracy and poor accessibility to healthcare services. By educating girls and empowering women within the family the meningitis scourge could have been foreseen and managed more efficiently

April 11, 2017
Pulse Nigeria, Vanguard Nigeria

Late marriage of women may boost child’s health and well being

Reducing child marriages and delaying the marriage of younger women in India may have significant results in improving child health and educational outcomes, a study found

April 5, 2017
Indian Express

Drought in Kenya brings a surprise: More girls in school

A recent safety net of cash transfer payments is helping persuade families that investing in girls makes good economic sense. Since 2013, the country’s Hunger Safety Net Programme, implemented by the government through the National Drought Management Authority is starting to show signs of progress

April 5, 2017

U.N. chief warns U.S. funding cut may have devastating effects

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that a decision by the United States to withdraw all funding to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) could have ‘devastating effects’ on vulnerable women and girls around the world. The U.S. State Department said it was dropping the funding because the UN Population Fund ‘supports, or participates in the management of, a programme of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilisation.’ A UN spokesperson said Guteress ‘believes that the decision is based on an inaccurate perception of the nature and importance of the work done by UNFPA’

April 4, 2017
April 3, 2017
April 4, 2017
April 5, 2017

Egypt urged to end silence over female genital mutilation

Silence around female genital mutilation in Egypt is costing lives, campaigners warned on Tuesday ahead of the traditional ‘cutting season’ when thousands of girls are expected to undergo the ancient ritual. National data suggests almost 90% of girls and women in Egypt have undergone FGM; even though the practice was banned in 2008 it remains widespread. There has been mounting concern following the deaths of several girls during botched procedures, including a teenager who bled to death in a hospital last May

April 4, 2017

Ireland must loosen abortion laws: Council of Europe rights commissioner

Ireland must loosen its strict abortion laws and replace them with a regime more respectful of women’s rights, the Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner said. Rules on terminating a pregnancy are among the world’s most restrictive and a referendum of widening access could be held if a citizens’ assembly set up by the government recommends it in a decision expected next month. Commissioner Nils Muiznieks said it has a chilling effect on doctors who must decide who meets the restrictive requirements

March 30, 2017
March 29, 2017
Yahoo News

A New Kind of Male Birth Control Is Coming

A new birth control method for men came a little closer after Indian researchers said they are preparing to submit it for regulatory approval after years of testing. Results say it’s safe, effective and easy to use, but it has gained no interest from drug makers. The reversible procedure could cost as little as $10 in poorer countries and may provide males with years of fertility control, overcoming compliance problems and avoiding associated  costs with condoms and the female birth control pill taken daily. It could also ease the burden on the 225m women in developing countries who have an unmet need for contraception. So far drug companies run by white males say ‘we’d never do it’ so its pick up for international markets is being held back

March 29, 2017
Bloomberg, Live Mint

Women in slums face greater heat risk

A recent study by the Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar on women in various slum clusters in the city revealed their body temperatures rise sharply during peak summers. The rise is by three to four degrees, up to feverish levels. The most vulnerable groups included kite makers, rag pickers and street vendors who saw body temperatures rise by an average of 80%. More startling was women working indoors also had higher body temperatures, by a degree or two, compared to those outdoors. Constant exposure to heat and increases in mean body temperature is hazardous to a woman’s health and can lead to health issues

March 29, 2017
Times of India

Equal Pay for Men and Women? Iceland Wants Employers to Prove It

This week Iceland became the first country to introduce legislation requiring employers to prove they are paying men  and women equally. Iceland has had equal pay laws for half a century, pushing companies and the government to gradually reduce the pay gap. The thinking behind the new legislation is that unless the laws are applied more forcefully, the imbalance may never close

March 28, 2017
New York Times

Durex Wants to Break India's Condom-Buying Taboo

India has condom use of less than 6% in a country also battling the world’s third highest HIV burden. It also has more married women without family planning than any other country. Reckitt Benckiser Group is trying to counter that with its release in India of ‘Durex Jeans,’ two condom packs in packaging resembling the leather patches sewn on denim jeans and displayed in jar-like bowls on drugstore counters. The aim is to help consumers overcome the embarrassment of buying a product linked with sex, a taboo subject in conservative India

March 26, 2017

Bid to reduce HIV infection in babies

Thai health authorities have set themselves the goal of cutting the transmission rate of HIV from mother to child to less than 1% within the next three years. The campaign includes preventative medical support measures in tandem with education and support on HIV prevention to pregnant women, via a series of campaigns

March 25, 2017
Bangkok Post

How to fix war-torn societies? Help women to work

Experts say women as survivors of war are agents of change, and through that change they can empower both themselves and the whole community. These are not people sitting back waiting for food as refugees, back in their country of origin they were almost always incredibly resourceful, reasonably well educated and only setback by the loss of all their identity when they became a refugee. Empowerment turns a refugee into a champion for change

March 24, 2017

Young Rohingya Mothers flee Persecution

The UN said the Myanmar army has committed mass killings, gang rapes and burned villages in a campaign that may amount to ethnic cleansing in Rakhine state and Rohingya, where families have been forced to flee for their lives

March 22, 2017
Jakarta Globe
March 21, 2017
International Business Times

Despite murderous attacks, Tanzania's 'witches' fight for land

Thousands of elderly Tanzanian women have been strangled, knifed to death and burnt alive over the last two decades after being denounced as witches. The human rights coordinator for the Magu Poverty Eradication Rehabilitation Centre explained it was ‘a hidden agenda’ and the attacks have always all been about stealing their land 

March 21, 2017
Reuters, Mirror, Malay Mail

Protests against abortion bill in Angola

Some 200 demonstrators protested in Luanda against a draft law criminalizing all abortions, which is set to be voted on by parliament in the next few days. The proposed law punishes anyone who has an abortion, or performs one, with up to 10 years in prison

March 18, 2017
Deutsche Welle, Public Radio International
March 20, 2017
TVC News

Women’s rights are under fresh assault worldwide, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned...

Women’s rights are under fresh assault worldwide, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned as the UN kicked off a conference to take stock of the fight for gender equality

March 14, 2017
Straits Times, Yahoo News

Girls 'too poor' to buy sanitary protection missing school

Some girls in the UK are too poor to buy sanitary protection and are missing school. Now a charity that provides sanitary protection to women in Kenya is now doing the same for girls in West Yorkshire

March 14, 2017

Filipino women struggle for birth control

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte issued an executive order calling for the full implementation of the so-called Reproductive Health Law which would give an estimated 6m women in need access to birth control. But unless the Supreme Court lifts its temporary restraining order on the registration of contraceptives, the Philippines may run out by 2020. According to government data an estimated 2m women are poor and require government assistance to access contraceptives

March 13, 2017
Deutsche Welle

US may go cheek by jowl with women’s rights abusers at UN gender talks

Donald Trump’s ‘global gag rule’ could align the U.S. with Iran, Sudan, Syria and other countries targeted by his U.S. travel ban at the Commission on the Status of Women talks in New York 

March 13, 2017
The Guardian

Ireland Has To Trust Women With Their Own Reproductive Rights - If Not More Will Die

Eleven women travel every single day from Ireland to the UK in order to access safe abortions. The London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign called for women’s reproductive rights to be recognised

March 13, 2017
Huffington Post

Bolivia Eyes Legalizing Abortion for Women in Extreme Poverty

Bolivia is considering legalizing abortion for women in extreme poverty. The proposal seeks to decriminalize abortion in nine cases, including in the case of mothers who are living in poverty and do not have the resources to support the child  

March 12, 2017

REVEALED: Domestic violence, sexual abuse make women more vulnerable to HIV

Domestic violence and sexual abuse increases the risk of HIV among women, a new report by UNAIDS has revealed. A lack of access to education and health services and a lack of decision-making power are contributing factors to women’s vulnerability to HIV, the report concluded

March 10, 2017
The Cable Nigeria

Kenya to campaign against child marriage, protect women’s rights

Kenya became the 19th African country to commit to the African Union’s campaign to end child marriage. It declared zero tolerance to violence and discrimination against women and girls, as it signed up to International Women’s Day

March 9, 2017
Star Kenya

South Africa’s rape epidemic

In a study published in November, by the University of Witwatersrand and Sonke Gender Justice, 2,600 men in Diepsloot were surveyed anonymously. An astonishing 38% admitted to having used force or threats to obtain sex in the preceding year. Add those who said they had beaten, hurt or threatened to use a weapon against a women and the share jumped to 54% and these men said they had committed such crimes more than once

March 9, 2017
The Economist

On International Women’s Day UNAIDS is urging countries to stop 1 million women and girls from...

UNAIDs released a new report showing there is an urgent need to scale up HIV prevention and treatment services for women and girls. In 2015 there were 18.6m women and girls living with HIV, with 1m of them becoming newly infected and 470,000 women and girls dying of AIDS related

March 8, 2017
UNAids, Punch Nigeria

One in three Kenyan women battered before 18

One in three Kenyan women have experienced violence before reaching the age of 18, a youth campaigner told Capital FM Kenya

March 8, 2017
Capital FM

For women of color, the 'healthcare gap' is real and deadly

A recent study found that women of colour in America die from cervical cancer at more than twice the rate of white women in America. In fact, they are dying at rates comparable to those in much poorer developing countries. Cervical cancer is highly preventable, so why is this happening?

March 8, 2017
The Hill

Gender equality is out of reach, a quarter of all women fear

One in four British women believes gender equality is impossible to achieve, according to a new study. Nine out of ten of them are not optimistic that gender equality can be achieved in the next five years  

March 8, 2017
Chronicle Live

Bangladesh acid attack survivors show new confidence on fashion runway

Bangladesh hosted a fashion show with a difference to mark International Women’s Day, featuring 15 confident catwalk models fighting to overcome the trauma of acid attacks

March 8, 2017

For refugee women, periods a dangerous, shameful time

A study conducted by Global One in displacement and refugee camps in Syria and Lebanon found that almost 60% of female refugees did not have access to underwear and many more had no sanitary products for when they had their period. Over half the women interviewed had suffered from urinary tract infections which were often left untreated, the study found

March 8, 2017

There’s a Global Rape Epidemic and There Are Few Laws to Prevent it

A report released last week entitled ‘The World’s Shame’ by the international human rights organization Equality Now, has revealed the inadequacy of laws all over the world to protect women against sexual violence. Over a lifetime, one in three women will experience physical or sexual violence – regardless of age, background or country. According to UNICEF, one in 10 girls – around 120m – experience rape or sexual assault globally

March 8, 2017
Global Citizen

One in five believe women inferior to men: global survey

One in five people around the world believe women are inferior to men and should stay at home, and that men are more capable in the workplace and at school, a new global survey released for International Women’s Day has found

March 7, 2017

Women in India earn 25% less than men: Monster Salary Index

Women in India earn 25% less than men, according to the publication of the new Monster Salary Index

March 6, 2017
Times of India

Australian women at work: underpaid, discriminated against and told to be 'more confident'

Research released in advance for International Women’s Day shows that female managers in Australia earn, on average, $93,000 less than their male equivalents. Women are twice as likely to be told they need more ‘confidence’ to be a leader, yet are frequently criticized for being assertive, and finally, women who are culturally diverse are worse off than the rest of their female peers

March 2, 2017
The Guardian

After Trump ban, Brussels pro-choice conference raises 181 million euros

A Brussels conference to finance global family planning initiatives raised 181m euros, after the U.S. halted such programmes, which had left NGOs worldwide with a large funding gap

March 2, 2017

Breast cancer costs low-income women more jobs

Poor women undergoing breast cancer treatment are four times more likely to lose their jobs than their high-income peers, a new study says

February 28, 2017

Women and child migrants raped, beaten and detained in Libyan 'hellholes': UNICEF

Armed groups have taken effective control of the detention centres for migrants and political chaos now reigns in Libya. These groups run their own centres, competing and cooperating with criminal gangs and smugglers, according to the United Nations

February 28, 2017

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Hundreds diagnosed with tuberculosis in Ghazni

Local health officials in Ghazni (Pajhwok) in Afghanistan said that 1,600 people, half of them women, have been diagnosed with TB in southern Ghazni province. Local people have been complaining about an absence of health clinics for some while so the numbers are likely to be far higher

April 11, 2017
Pajhwok News

Non communicable diseases

New ethical lapses alleged in controversial India cervical cancer screening trial

A long-debated study aimed at validating a low-cost way to screen for cervical cancer in India has come under fire again, based on new evidence of ethical lapses contained in documents obtained through the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. Critics of the 18-year trial said that U.S.-funded Indian researchers used ineffective screening that endangered thousands of poor women in Mumbai. They were told the test could help prevent cancer, but far fewer pre-cancerous lesions were found than expected, suggesting that some lesions were missed — possibly leading to an unknown number of deaths. The trial should have been stopped years earlier for another reason, critics said: Other research had already shown that the screening method worked when properly applied, making it unethical to use an unscreened control group

June 23, 2017

U.S. physicians move to more flexible mammogram schedule

Women at average risk for breast cancer should be offered screening mammograms every year or two starting at age 40 and they should start regular screening no later than age 50, an influential U.S. group of obstetricians and gynaecologists said. Amid divided expert opinions on whether more screenings are beneficial, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, which previously recommended yearly screenings starting at age 40, wants to stress shared decision-making between women and their doctors based on their personal preferences in the new, more flexible schedule

June 22, 2017

Mother's heart health tied to breastfeeding

A woman`s risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke later in life may be influenced by how long she breastfed her children, according to a new study from China. Women who reported having breastfed for any amount of time were about 9 percent less likely than mothers who never breastfed to have signs of coronary heart disease, like a heart attack, in middle age and later and about 8 percent less likely to have a stroke. "This study suggests that it reduces the mother’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease," said study author Zhengming Chen, of the University of Oxford in the UK. But, Chen added, the study does not prove a direct or causal link between not breastfeeding and poor cardiovascular health

June 21, 2017

Early-life exposure to famine increases risk of dyslipidemia in women, but not men

Exposure to severe famine as a foetus, or as an infant, significantly increases the chance of having dyslipidemia in adulthood, according to research published in the journal BMC Public Health. Analysis of the prevalence of dyslipidemia in 2,752 people who were exposed to the Chinese famine between 1959 and 1961, revealed that those who were in utero, or an infant during this period, were over 50% more likely to have dyslipidemia in adulthood. Taking gender into account, this association remained true for women, but not for men

June 13, 2017

Nearly half of female prisoners have attempted suicide, figures reveal

Figures released by the Prison Reform Trust reveal that 46% of women in prison have tried to take their own lives at some point, compared with six per cent of the general population. It comes after warnings in March that the alarming rise in suicides among female prisoners was linked to inadequate mental health provision and a lack of urgency among prison staff in responding to indications of mental illnesses

May 8, 2017

As Public Attention Turns To Mental Health, Let’s Not Forget Women And Girls

About one in five women in the UK have a mental health problem, compared to one in eight men. Men remain far more likely to die by suicide, but there is a worrying increase in mental health issues with women, up 8.3% in a single year, and the number now stands at its highest rate in England in over a decade

April 24, 2017
Huffington Post

Abortion is a women’s issue. So why do men dominate media coverage of it?

A new report commissioned by the Women’s Media Center analysed 1,385 pieces of news on abortion, including opinion columns and editorials that appeared in 12 publications and found that men wrote 52% of those pieces which had a by-line attached , while women wrote just 37% of them

March 22, 2017
Washington Post

Health systems

Once again, 13 men wrote a bill that’s bad for women’s health

Childbirth in the US is already dangerous, but the Senate health bill would make it worse. Medicaid is incredibly important for reproductive health as it pays for half of all births, including two-thirds of unplanned births. It will be cut severely, and Planned Parenthood funding will stop as it becomes a prohibited entity. It will be harder for women to access abortions and health care in other insurance-related ways as restrictions to access are tightened. It makes essential health benefits optional

June 23, 2017
June 22, 2017

Exit interview: NOW’s O’Neill on GOP health policy and maternal deaths

Terry O’Neill, outgoing head of the U.S. National Organization for Women said ‘there is a connection between increasing maternal mortality in the USA and GOP policies under consideration in the U.S. Congress. The United States has the worst maternal death rate in the developing world and research suggests health-related complications — including diabetes and hypertension as well as mental health and substance abuse — are major contributing factors. These outcomes will worsen if Congress succeeds in scaling back Medicaid, which funds half of all births in the U.S., defunding Planned Parenthood and allowing states to opt out of Obamacare`s essential health benefit requirement that include maternity and mental health services’

June 18, 2017
USA Today

California to give health clinics $20 million to counter possible Trump cuts

California will announce plans to award $20 million in emergency grants to local health and Planned Parenthood clinics in anticipation of possible U.S. healthcare funding cuts, according to State Treasurer John Chiang`s office. The grants are intended to buy time for state lawmakers to address potential shortfalls caused by federal attempts to undo the Affordable Health Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, and to eliminate funding for women’s health and for contraception, the state said

June 17, 2017

How Trump has made the Department of Health and Human Services a center of false science on cont...

President Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price have stocked the corridors of health policy with purveyors of conclusively debunked claptrap about contraception, abortion, pregnancy and women’s reproductive health generally. Among their themes is that condoms don’t protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases and that abortions and contraceptives cause breast cancer, miscarriages and infertility. None of these assertions is true

June 15, 2017
Los Angeles Times
June 14, 2017
New England Journal of Medicine

The Health Care Bill’s Insults to Women

The New York Times Editorial Board attacks the planned GOP Health Care Bill as being discriminatory to women. It lists many examples to back up its case: stripping funding from planned parenthood, eliminating essential services such as mammograms, birth control and prenatal and maternity care, mental health and prescription drugs may be ‘optional’ at a state-by-state level and Medicaid is slashed by $880bn. Almost half of all births in the USA are covered by Medicaid, and 75% of all publicly funded family planning services 

May 12, 2017
New York Times

Communicable diseases

85% Raj rural women don’t know about HIV/AIDS

High migratory population in the state makes Rajasthan vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. But a matter of even more serious concern is that the percentage of women with comprehensive knowledge of HIV/AIDS is quite low there. According to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) (2015-16), only 19.1% of women have comprehensive knowledge of HIV/AIDS. The situation is even worse in rural areas, where only 14.7% of women (age 15-49 years) have comprehensive knowledge of HIV/AIDS

June 19, 2017
Times of India

In Chhattisgarh, HIV-positive women give birth to healthy babies

During 2016-17 multi-medicine treatment was administered on the 219 pregnant women who had been found to be HIV positive. Anti-retroviral medicines were provided and the pregnancies monitored through public sector hospitals. After delivery 213 of the 219 women gave birth to healthy babies

May 14, 2017
The Hindu, News Nation

The UN can save itself by working effectively with outside partners

The UN is moving away from top-down multilateralism among states towards new ways of coordinating with business, civil society and other non-state actors. As laid out in the SDGs, multi-stakeholder partnerships are meant to be pragmatic, solutions-orientated, ways of working together to achieve shared aims at a time of squeezed budgets and scarce public resources. These partnerships have a chequered history, but they still offer the UN a lifeline

February 28, 2017
The Conversation