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The Guardian, September 22, 2014
Twenty years ago, 179 governments signed a landmark agreement that put women’s rights, empowerment and well-being at the centre of discussions about population growth and development. The outcome of the International Conference on Population and Development, held in Cairo in 1994, moved away from the prevailing view that population could be controlled solely through family planning, and instead emphasised the importance of women’s social and economic empowerment to bring about change. Leaders are now meeting in New York to discuss progress since the Cairo agreement. But what do women’s rights campaigners think? They share their thoughts
As countries struggle to find ways to counter Islamic State militants, two teenage girls managed a rare, personal victory over the militants. Samira, 17, and Samia, 14, along with other members of Iraq’s non-Muslim Yazidi minority, were forced from their homes in Tal Azar, in northern Iraq, last month as Islamic State militants swept through the region.
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.
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