Most Recent News
Girls Globe 3/13/15
Twenty years ago at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, women’s rights advocates and national governments across the world came together to affirm the rights of women and commit to gender equality. It was at that conference when then-First Lady Hillary Clinton declared that “women’s rights are human rights.” It was also at Beijing when the U.S. joined the global community to reaffirm commitments made the previous year at the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt, to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights as part of the women’s rights agenda.
Since Beijing, the U.S. has made great strides in advancing gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and human rights in the U.S. and globally. Under the Obama administration, the U.S. has shown clear commitment to promoting gender equality, and to addressing gender-based violence against women and girls, as evidenced in the USAID Strategy on Gender Equality and Female Empowerment and the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.
More recently, the U.S. submitted its report on the Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, in which the U.S. endorses a stand-alone goal on gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment into Sustainable Development Goals. It also made it a U.S. priority to improve “universal access to sexual and reproductive health services” and to promote “women’s reproductive rights.”
H.e. Dr. Nkosazana C. Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission addresses attendees at the International Conference On Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Johannesburg, South Africa.
In Chile, an 11-year-old girl named “Belen” is more than three months pregnant after being repeatedly raped by her mother’s partner. But she cannot get a legal abortion.
You can see the gender bias inherent in development by looking closely at the recent history of agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa. Women do a majority of the farm work in that part of the world, but many agricultural programs are instead designed to reach the minority of male farmers.
The European Regional conference Enabling Choices: Population Priorities for the 21st Century was organized by UNECE and UNFPA in Geneva on 1-2 July 2013. It was the culmination of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) review in the UNECE region comprising Europe, central Asia and North America.
New strategy free from taboos and coercion, and moves away from a camp-based approach, says health official.
South Africa is an upper middle-income country that is achieving low-income country success when it comes to maternal health. With the UN's release of the 2013 Millennium Development Goals Annual Report, greater attention is being drawn to countries in which progress has fallen far short of expectations.
In Malawi, the lifetime risk of a woman dying in pregnancy or childbirth is one in 36, compared to one in 4,600 in the United Kingdom, according to the Malawi Safe Motherhood Programme, an initiative to reduce maternal mortality in this southern African nation.
It is close to midday and a group of patients wait outside the Mirwais regional hospital in southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar city. “There are no health clinics in our district so I have to come this long way for treatment. I have not met the doctor yet and have been waiting to see him for a long time,” one man, who had been waiting since sunrise and had driven four hours from neighbouring Helmand Province, told IRIN.
Page 1 of 8 pages