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Abandoning Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation in the Afar Region of Ethiopia

AWASH, Afar Region, Ethiopia — A smile formed on Dohra Ali’s face when she recalled what her eldest daughter asked her a couple of years ago. “Mother, is there a place in this world where FGM is not practised where I…

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Applications Open for Speakers at MDG Hearings

UNITED NATIONS — This year, the tenth anniversary of the Millennium Declaration, will be a critical year in determining which development pathways our world will pursue.

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Voter Education Effort Puts Gender Issues at Centre of Rajasthan Election Campaign

JAIPUR, India — A voter education campaign before village council elections in January and February has significantly increased the visibility of women’s health and rights issues in Rajasthan state. 

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Viet Nam Radio Drama Helps Reduce Stigma Related to HIV

HANOI, Viet Nam — As the first national radio soap opera that focused on changing the behaviour of young people in Viet Nam drew to a close, producers shared some of the 2,000 letters sent in by listeners, who testified…

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South Asian Midwives Meet to Plan Better Maternal Health Care

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Three out of five women giving birth in South Asia do so without a midwife or other skilled birth attendant on hand, a major reason some 44 per cent of maternal deaths worldwide occur in the…

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Day Camp Provides Young Haitians with Respite from the Boredom of Displacement

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Every day for the past week, Emanuel Eliacin has led an operation that seems like Mission Impossible: Select a thousand 11- to 16-year-olds from camps for the displaced population, put them on 20 buses…

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Eight Global Agencies Call for Concerted Action on Health Data

<p class="paddedContent">GENEVA — MaximsNews Network reports that representatives of eight global health agencies gathered at the GAVI Alliance headquarters in Geneva, in January, and issued an important…

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‘Keeping the Promise’: UN Secretary-General Releases his MDG Report

UNITED NATIONS — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented his report, entitled Keeping the Promise, and in his remarks called for the adoption of a global action agenda for accelerating progress towards the Millennium…

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UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador Yuko Arimori Promotes Gender Equality on International Women's Day

TOKYO —Yuko Arimori, UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador and an Olympic medallist promoted UNFPA work during events on 8 March to mark International Women’s Day at a United Nations public symposium in Tokyo, Japan.

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