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Ringing the Opening Bell in Recognition of Restored US Support to UNFPA

NEW YORK - Anika Rahman, president of Americans for UNFPA, rang the opening bell of the NASDAQ Stock Market today. The honour of opening the NASDAQ Stock Market was in recognition of restored U.S. support for UNFPA and…

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Philippines: Maternal Mortality Rates Not Making Sufficient Progress to Meet MDGs

MANILA - Thousands of Filipino women continue to die due to complications related to childbirth, according to health specialists. Some 230 women die here for every 100,000 live births, compared with 110 in Thailand, 62…

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Kristof Links Lack of Family Planning Options to Poverty

Writing from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof described the relationship between poverty and high fertility. ”For all the American and international efforts to fight global poverty,”…

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1.8 Million Brazilian Industry Workers to be Educated in Sexual and Reproductive Health, Gender Equality

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — A programme which will provide 1.8 million Brazilian industrial workers with information about sexual and reproductive health, gender equality and violence prevention was launched in Rio de…

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What About My Baby? Concerns of a Pregnant Mother in War-Torn Sri Lanka

VAVUNIYA, Sri Lanka — The birth of a child should be a time of joy. But for Imanandi, who is pregnant and displaced in war-torn Sri Lanka, the danger and uncertainty all around obscures the hope that new life brings.

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Barber Shops and Beauty Salons Promote HIV Education in Guyana

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Barber shops across Georgetown, Guyana are buzzing with chatter about the latest trends, community happenings, neighbourhood gossip and now, ways to protect young people from HIV and AIDS.

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83 Nations Call for Maternal Health to Be Recognized as a Human Right

GENEVA - In a joint statement delivered to the Human Rights Council, 83 countries reaffirmed their commitment to addressing maternal mortality as a human rights issue.

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The Sky's the Limit for Aasmani Chaudhary, a Local Hero to Indigenous Women in Nepal

UNITED NATIONS — Until 2000, the Tharu people of western Nepal were legally bonded as servants to upper caste landowners, who forced them to farm land stolen from their Tharu ancestors.

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Assessing the Situation of Women in Gaza

GAZA, Occupied Palestinian Territory –Emergency situations compound the vulnerability of pregnant women, as an assessment of reproductive health services during the recent crisis here revealed.

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