||Sierra Leone Legalizes Abortion
According to the new act in Sierra Leone, women in this West African nation will no longer have only the choice of illegal and unsafe abortions.
The Safe Abortion Act that passed this week with an overwhelming majority support in the parliament will make the abortion procedure legal and will replace the 1861 law that criminalized abortion in this West African nation....
||Egypt's President Issues Decree Outlawing Child Marriage
In an attempt to outlaw child marriage in the country, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi issued a decree making it illegal for Egyptians to get married before the age of 18.
The recent decree brings Egypt into compliance with the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child on the matter of child marriage....
||UN Reports Major Decrease In Maternal Mortality Worldwide
A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the World Bank Group and the United Nations Population Division reveals a 44 percent drop in maternal mortality worldwide since 1990, highlighting the successful efforts of the many international agencies to reduce the number of pregnancy-related deaths among women globally.
According to data compiled in Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2015, maternal deaths around the world dipped from some 532,000 in 1990 to about 303,000 in 2015, cutting the number of women's pregnancy-related deaths nearly in half over a quarter century....
||Senator Boxer Urges President to Continue Support for UN Population Fund
Earlier this week, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) along with 21 of her Senate colleagues sent a letter to President Obama calling on him to maintain support for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
UNFPA, which promotes maternal and reproductive health, conducts major demographic surveys, and campaigns against fistula and female genital mutilation, supports programs in over 150 countries....
||Study Shows High Rates of Child Marriage and Maternal Death Across Nigeria
The Nigerian Demographic Health Survey of 2013 (NDHS) revealed persistently high child marriage rates and a need for increased family planning resources in Nigeria.
Nigeria accounts for 13 percent of global maternal death rates, with 36,000 women dying in pregnancy or child birth each year....
||Iraqi Women Face Reproductive Health Care Shortage During Crisis
The United Nations warned this week that due to the escalating crisis in the northern and western parts of the country, about 250,000 Iraqi women and girls - including almost 60,000 pregnant women - need urgent health care as soon as possible.
Recent violence in Iraq has displaced approximately one million people, overwhelming health facilities in parts of the country....
||House Committee Approves Extending Abortion Coverage to Peace Corps Volunteers
The House Appropriations Committee passed the fiscal year 2015 State Department and Foreign Operations appropriations bill yesterday with an amendment to remove a provision banning the Peace Corps from funding abortions for its volunteers, even in cases of rape or incest.
Unlike other employees with federal health care plans - including Peace Corps employees - Peace Corps volunteers currently do not have access to abortion coverage even in cases of rape, incest, or endangered health or life....
||Senate Subcommittee to Tackle Violence Against Women Globally
Engaging the US in the global fight to end gender-based violence will take center stage tomorrow as part of a Senate subcommittee hearing aimed at fully combating violence and discrimination against women worldwide.
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chair of the Senate Foreign RelationsSubcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women's Issues hearingwill preside over the hearing at which several women Senators will testify, including Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Patty Murray (D-WA).
The Senate Subcommittee hearing will focus on how the US and the international community can work to prevent violence against women, promote women's rights, and empower women and girls globally....
||UNFPA Aims To Protect Women's Safety, Health In Aftermath of Typhoon
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is launching a plan to help over 3.2 million women and girls of reproductive age in the Philippines who have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan and are still in need of urgent care....
||UN, World Bank Pledge $200 Million for Girls in Sahel Region of Africa
The United Nations and World Bank have pledged $200 million to improve women's reproductive health and girls' education in the Sahel region of Africa....
||Over 7 Million Births to Girls in the Developing World Each Year
Twenty thousand girls under age 18 give birth every day in the developing world, adding up to 7.3 million births each year....
||Malawi Launches Campaign with UNFPA to Promote Condom Use
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Malawi government launched a new national campaign to promote condom use among young people as an HIV/AIDS prevention measure....
||Maternal Mortality Down 50 Percent in Republic of Congo
Over the past 10 years, the Republic of Congo has reduced the number of women dying in childbirth by 50 percent and, if progress continues at this rate, may reach the Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal mortality by 75 percent by 2015....
||UN Declares Contraception a Human Right
In its annual report released on November 14th, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) declared that it will now consider contraception a global human right....
||UN Report Shows Decline in Maternal Deaths
A UN report (PDF) released last week shows that worldwide maternal deaths declined by 47 percent from 1990 to 2010....
||House Committee Slashes International Family Planning
The GOP Controlled House Appropriations Committee expanded the war on women globally yesterday....
|| International Day of Zero Tolerance of FGM/C Day
For International Day of Zero Tolerance of FGM/C today, the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme for the Acceleration of the Abandonment of FGM/C released a new report, Key Results and Highlights 2011, which indicates that approximately 2,000 African communities have abandoned female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C)....
||UN Agencies Address Maternal Health in Haiti
Two years since the earthquake in Haiti, UN Women and UNFPA Haiti, in collaboration with the Ministry for Women Conditions and Women's Rights (MCFDF), have worked work to improve conditions for women, who still face rapes and gender-based violence at an alarming rate....
||International Family Planning Aid Escapes Massive Cuts
President Obama is expected to sign the FY 2012 omnibus spending bill, which includes $610 million in bilateral and multilateral funding for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), cutting off international family planning by a mere $5 million from 2011....
||Hotline in Sierra Leon for Fistula Treatment
A new program in Sierra Leon, established by the Gloag Foundation, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and Airtel, enables women to call a toll-free number and speak with nurses to determine whether they are eligible to receive treatment for fistulas....
|| Indian NGOs Release First Statement Supporting Midwives
At a regional midwifery workshop in New Delhi, hosted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), multilateral, bilateral, and international NGOs released the first-ever joint statement indicating their commitment to scaling up efforts for "adapting, disseminating, and implementing the confederation's global standards of education, regulation, and professional association," for midwifery....
||Rapes on the Rise in Somali Camps
In the past two months, the number of rape cases has increased dramatically in camps in the Somali town of Galkayo as a result of decreased security, a "culture of impunity," and a rise in the number of attacks on internally displaced people (IDPs)....
|| UNFPA Provides Assistance to Central American Flood Survivors
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has been dispatching reproductive health care service providers and necessary resources to Central America, where approximately 1.2 million people have been affected by severe flooding....
||Population Expected to Reach 7 Billion by Monday
With the world's population predicted to reach 7 billion by the end of the month, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released the State of World Population 2011 report yesterday....
||International Family Planning Conference Scheduled, Population Nears 7 Billion
In anticipation of the world's population reaching 7 billion at the end of this month, approximately 2,000 policymakers and advocates will gather for the International Conference on Family Planning from November 29 to December 2 in Dakar, Senegal....
||UNFPA Holds Conference on FGM
This week the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) held the first ever international conference on female genital mutilation (FGM), which discussed research, healthcare services, and preventive measures....
|| UNFPA Provides Services to Pakistani Flood Survivors
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is providing humanitarian assistance and reproductive health services and emergency reproductive health kits to the approximately 1.4 million women and girls affected by the flooding in Pakistan....
||House Foreign Affairs Committee Votes to Defund UNFPA
Yesterday the House Foreign Affairs Committee voted along party lines to pass a bill to defund the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....
||UNFPA Fights Gender- Based Sex Selection
On Wednesday, Nobuko Horibe, director of the Asia and Pacific Regional Office of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) issued a statement before the International Workshop on Prenatal Sex Selection describing the UNFPA's renewed commitment to ending gender-based sex selection and discrimination against women and girls....
|| UNFPA Delivers Reproductive Health Services to Horn of Africa
While visiting refugee camps in Kenya late last week, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin emphasized the dire situation of women as a result of the famine in the Horn of Africa....
||Midwife Conference Held to Improve Maternal Health in Africa
In Ghana, approximately 70 midwifery leaders met to participate in a workshop focusing on improving access to midwife services throughout the African continent....
||UNFPA Pledges $70 Million to Bangladesh
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Dr....
||China Pledges to Ban Sex-Selective Abortion
According to the Outline for the Development of Chinese Children (2011-2020), released today, China will strengthen its efforts to end sex-selective abortions as a means to close the country's gender gap....
||UNFPA Distributes Health Kits to Women in Kenya, Somolia and Ethiopia
In an effort to save the lives of pregnant women and women with newborns in the drought-stricken areas of Somalia and some parts of Ethiopia and Kenya, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is distributing reproductive healthcare kits....
|| World Population Day
In honor of World Population Day today, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), together with National Geographic, IBM, and SAP, launched the 7 Billion Action Campaign, which will run through October 31 when the world population is expected to exceed 7 billion....
||UNFPA Releases Midwife Report
The State of the World's Midwifery 2001, a report released yesterday by UNFPA, indicates that if midwifery services were improved by 2015, approximately 3.6 million lives could be saved each year....
||Report Examines Gender-Based Sex Selection
The UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, WHO, and OHCHR issued a statement examining causes and consequences of gender-based sex selection....
||Global Plan Released to Reduce Mother-Child HIV Transmission
At the 2011 UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS, sponsored by UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNESCO, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), world leaders announced the launch of a Global Plan to eliminate HIV infections in children by 2015 and to help already-infected mothers....
||16 Countries Commit to Reducing Maternal Mortality
Late last week, 16 countries (see list here), 9 of which are from the African continent, pledged their commitments to reducing maternal, newborn, and child mortality, as part of the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health....
||UNFPA Statement for International Day of the Midwife
In honor of International Day of the Midwife on May 5, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released a statement highlighting the important role of midwives during childbirth and noting the shortage of approximately 350,000 professional midwives worldwide....
||Republican House Leaders Launch New War on Women
Republicans propose massive cuts in programs that benefit women as they propose increases in Defense spending of $8.1 billion....
||UNFPA and UNICEF Report Decrease in FGM/C
A joint program between the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported that over 6,000 communities in Ethiopia, Egypt, Kenya, Senegal, Burkina Faso, the Gambia, Guinea and Somalia have abandoned the practice of female genital mutilation/ cutting (FGM/C)....
||Dr. Osotimehin Appointed Executive Director of UNPFA
Late last week, Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon appointed Dr....
||WHO Report Shows Maternal Mortality Rates Will Not Meet Millennium Development Goals
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced in a report yesterday that although maternal mortality rates have decreased by 34 percent since 1990, the decline in the rate of pregnancy-related deaths is not on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal target for 2015....
||UN Report Says Women Most Vulnerable to Climate Change
The United Nation's Population Fund (UNFPA) released a report Wednesday that indicates women, especially poor women living in developing countries, are more susceptible to the negative effects of climate change....
||UN Calls for Renewed Commitment to Lower Maternal Mortality
The United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) two conferences in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, brought together more than 150 health ministers last week who called for a renewed commitment to lower maternal mortality by 2015....
|| Berlin Conference Issues Call to Action
The NGO Forum on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Development held in Berlin last week issued a Berlin Call to Action urging immediate and international action to improve women's health and access to resources....
||Legislation to Eliminate Child Marriage Passed in House of Representatives
The International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2009, an initiative to end child marriage in developing countries, passed in the House of Representatives on a 235-187 vote last week as part of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act.
According to Betty McCollum (D-MN), author of the original bill, the legislation affirms that "child marriage is a human rights violation that undermines America's investments in foreign assistance to improve women's and girl's education, health, and economic status." McCollum's original bill, which is adapted in Section 1111 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, calls for the Secretary of State, acting on behalf of the President, to research the ongoing practice of child marriage and develop a strategy to address it.
Child marriage remains a common practice in rural and impoverished areas in many countries, with 100 million girls expected to marry in the next ten years, according to the United Nations Population Fund....
||Obama Restores US Funding of UNFPA by Signing Omnibus Spending Bill
President Obama signed the 2009 fiscal year omnibus spending bill yesterday, which included a provision allotting $50 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....
||Anti-United Nations Population Fund Amendment Defeated in Senate
An amendment to the 2009 fiscal year omnibus spending bill currently under debate that would have removed funds designated for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) from the bill was defeated yesterday....
||Obama Pledges Restoration of US Funding for UNFPA
President Obama pledged on Friday to restore United States funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in upcoming appropriations....
||Executive Action Expected This Week on Women's Rights Issues
The incoming Obama/Biden administration is expected to address several key women's rights issues within the next week....
||UN Population Fund Releases 2008 Report
The United Nations Population Fund released its annual State of the World Population Report this week....
||Increasing Attention on Sex Selection in India
Sex selection practices are gaining increased visibility and criticism in India, where the sex ratio has declined significantly....
||Democratic Platform Adopted, Victory for Women
The Democratic Platform Committee adopted a very strong platform for women this weekend in Pittsburgh....
||House Appropriations Allocates $600 Million to International Family Planning Programs
A House Appropriations subcommittee approved $600 million to fund international family planning programs Wednesday....
||Bush Withholds Funding from UN Population Fund
President Bush announced Thursday that he would withhold funding from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for the seventh year in a row....
||House Passes Maternal Health Resolution
The US House passed a resolution last week recognizing maternal health and child survival as fundamental to the well-being of families and societies, and to global development and prosperity....
||Maternal Mortality and Obstetric Fistula Addressed at Press Conference and Hill Briefing
The Congressional Democratic Women's Working Group hosted a press conference and rally followed by a Congressional briefing yesterday focused on maternal mortality around the world and the realities faced by women suffering from obstetric fistula....
||Experts Call for Trained Midwives in Yemen
A United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) representative called for 5,000 more midwives in Yemen in order to allow the country to achieve universal access to skilled reproductive health care and reduce its maternal mortality rate....
||Ms. Magazine Forum Raises Awareness on International Family Planning
Ms Magazine held a forum at the National Press Club on Wednesday to raise awareness for the effort to increase funding for international family planning to $1 billion in the Foreign Operations Appropriations Act....
||High Birthrates Linked to Poverty in the Philippines
High birthrates help keep Filipino families in poverty, the Washington Post reports....
||UN Launches Program to Decrease the Practice of FGM
The United Nations launched a program earlier this month to combat the prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM)....
||US Congresswomen to Attend International Maternal Mortality Conference
Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA) will head the US Congressional delegation at the upcoming Women Deliver conference in London (Oct 18-20) to address the crisis of maternal mortality worldwide and highlight the vital connection between women's human rights and economic development, according to a press release from her office....
||Maternal Mortality: Appalling Lack of Progress Globally and in the US
In advance of the upcoming Women Deliver conference in London, a report released Friday shows that worldwide maternal mortality rates have been declining at a rate of less than one percent a year....
||Fewer Abortions When They Are Legal and Safe, Study Shows
The number of abortions dropped nine percent worldwide between 1995 and 2003, from 46 million to 42 million annually, according to a new study by the Guttmacher Institute and World Health Organization (WHO)....
||More Jobs for Women in Latin America, But Few Good Ones
Latin America's labor force is becoming increasingly feminized as 33 million women joined the labor market between 1990 and 2004, according to a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report....
||UNFPA Briefing on New Report Focuses on Urbanization
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released its annual report on the State of World Population at a briefing this week at the National Press Club....
||Congressional Briefing Addresses Obstetric Fistula
A congressional briefing yesterday examined the effects of obstetric fistula, a hole in the birth canal suffered by young women who lack emergency obstetric care during prolonged labor....
||Malawi Announces Plans to Decrease Maternal Mortality
Last weekend the government of Malawi announced that it will adopt a new plan to combat high levels of maternal mortality and infant death....
||Syndicated Columnist, Feminist Molly Ivins Dies at 62
Molly Ivins, a celebrated feminist author and political columnist, died at her Texas home on Wednesday after fighting breast cancer....
||UNFPA: More Midwives Would Increase Healthier Pregnancies, Births
Public health experts and midwives gathered in Tunisia on Tuesday for the first International Forum on Midwifery in the Community, urging governments to promote midwifery as a means to decrease maternal and infant death rates....
||WHO Panel Discusses Global State of Reproductive, Sexual Health
The World Health Organization (WHO) sponsored a news conference last week at the National Press Club to bring attention to the declining status of sexual and reproductive health in the global development agenda....
||New Law Attempts to Fight Domestic Violence in India
A new law to address domestic violence in India took effect late last week....
||President Bush De-funds UNFPA for Fifth Year
President Bush announced on Friday that he is withholding the $34 million Congress had allotted for UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund....
||UNFPA Releases 2006 State of the World Report
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released its 2006 State of the World Population report yesterday in a morning briefing in Washington, DC, emphasizing the importance of women's issues and international migration....
||MsMagazine.com Released Today the Top Ten News Stories for Women in 2005
||UNFPA Releases 2005 Report on Gender Equality and Poverty Links
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has released its 2005 report, highlighting the critical link between achieving gender equality and eradicating poverty....
||Bush Administration Again Denies UNFPA Funding
For the fourth year in a row, the Bush Administration has withheld delivering $34 million in Congressionally approved funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), based on false allegations that the UNFPA participates in coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization in China....
||Congresswoman Maloney to Introduce Amendment to Protect UNFPA Funding
Representatives Carolyn Maloney (NY-D) and Joseph Crowley (NY-D) are offering an amendment today to the FY06 Science-State-Justice-Commerce Appropriations bill that would prevent any funding in the bill from being used to prohibit or restrict funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....
||Congresswoman Maloney Introduces Bill to Increase Funding for Fistula
Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Bobby Rush (D-IL), and 10 other members of Congress introduced legislation that strategically aims to redirect attention and funding to the debilitating effects of obstetric fistula on women who live primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia....
||Over 300 Women with Injuries from Fistula Treated in Nigeria
More than 300 Nigerian women living with injuries caused by fistula have been treated during the first week of the United Nations campaign entitled "Fistula Fortnight." Twelve Nigerian doctors with four doctors from the US and United Kingdom have trained local doctors, nurses, and social workers to surgically repair and rehabilitate women who are suffering from injuries caused by fistula, reports the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....
||February 14 Marks Condom Awareness Week: Global Shortage Still Prevalent
Today marks the first day of National Condom Week of Action....
||Congressional Members Call for Renewed US Support for UNFPA
Members of Congress are calling for renewed US support for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to aid victims of the tsunami....
||Female Victims of Tsunami Face Violence and Threats to Health
Local women's organizations in tsunami-affected areas are reporting violence, including rape, against women and girls....
||US Denies Funds That Could Stem Child Marriage
The Bush Administration's withdrawal of funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has negative consequence for the battle against child marriage....
||African Condom Shortage Crisis Amidst AIDS Pandemic
Due to inadequate aid efforts by the United States and other donor countries, acute shortages of condoms have been contributing the rapid rise in HIV/AIDS cases in Africa....
||Maternal Mortality Rates Soar
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reported that the Sudan has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world....
||UN Urges for Integration of HIV Prevention and Reproductive Health Services
A new report urges for the integration of reproductive health services with HIV prevention strategies to better address the global threat of HIV to women....
||Eighty-Five World Leaders Support Cairo Plan, Bush Refuses
Over 250 global leaders have endorsed a statement that reaffirms the plan of action created ten years ago at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo....
||Philippine Archbishop Acknowledges Partial Blame for Rapid Population Growth
In an unusual statement from a high Church official, Philippine Archbishop Guadencio Rosales acknowledged that the Catholic Church must share the blame for the rapid increase in population growth in the midst of widespread poverty in the country....
||Conference in Kenya Urges African Government to Ban FGM
An international conference met to review progress made in the fight to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM) since the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo....
||UN Presses for More Family Planning Aid to Stem Population Explosion
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released a report yesterday stating that the poorest countries’ populations will triple by 2050 and that there will be a population explosion unless donor countries provide more funds to family planning and reproductive health programs....
||Leading NGOs Criticize Bush's Harmful International Women's Health Policies
At a recent conference in London, leading reproductive health and family planning organizations sharply criticized the Bush administration's current policies for contributing to the AIDS epidemic, thousands of unwanted pregnancies, and the deaths of women during childbirth and from unsafe abortion....
||US Withdrawal of UNFPA Funding Constrains Programs in Uzbekistan
A United Nations Population Fund official expressed her disappointment regarding the Bush Administration's withdrawal of another $34 million for the UNFPA last week....
||State Department Refuses to Fund the UNFPA
Secretary of State Colin Powell sent a letter to Congress today stating that the United States will not fund the UNFPA for 2004....
||Women's Groups Demand Restoration of Critical Family Planning Funds
A massive effort organized by a broad-based coalition of women's rights and health organizations, environmentalists, HIV/AIDS organizations, and religious organizations joined together to call President Bush today to demand that he reinstate critical funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....
||Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Will Break Cycle of Poverty
Respect for human rights and the elimination of inequality must be emphasized alongside of efforts to reduce poverty, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....
||Members of Congress Ask Administration to Explain UNFPA Funding Cut
Four Democratic members of Congress sent a letter on Friday to US Secretary of State Colin Powell demanding an explanation of the Administration's denial of funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....
||Bush Administration Withholds Funding For International Health Conference
Bush Administration officials rescinded funding for an international health conference because Republican staff members and right-wing groups such as the Traditional Values Coalition complained that the conference promotes abortion....
||LEADERS AND ACTIVISTS FROM 57 COUNTRIES TO MARCH FOR WOMEN’S LIVES
Arlington, VA -- The March for Women’s Lives in Washington this weekend will show that women’s sexual and reproductive rights have enough national and international support to be untouchable by any politician wishing to stay in office, march leaders said today....
||Leading Womens Groups Grade Bush Administration
One week before the March for Women's Lives, leading women's groups released a scorecard grading the Bush Administration on issues affecting women around the world, finding the Bush Administration long on rhetoric but falling far short on reality....
||Report Urges Investment in Sexual and Reproductive Health Care
A report released by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) stresses the importance for donor countries to invest in sexual and reproductive health services in developing countries....
||New Yorkers Urged to March for Women's Lives
At a press conference on International Women's Day outside of Penn Station in New York City, Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jerrald Nadler (D-NY) and several women's rights leaders urged New Yorkers to "get on the train" to Washington DC on April 25th to March for Women's Lives....
||UNFPA: United Nations Population Fund
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is the world's largest international source of funding for population and reproductive health programmes....
||Maloney Introduces Bill for $34 Million to UNFPA to Fight Fistula
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced a bill on Wednesday that aims to make a compromise with the Bush Administration to end its withholding of funds for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....
||Report: Investing in Women's Reproductive Health Has Huge Benefits
Leading health policy experts released a report stating that investing in women's reproductive and sexual health services results in huge medical benefits and could save more than a million lives every year....
||Senate Approves $34 Million for UNFPA
The Senate on Thursday approved an omnibus spending bill that included $34 million for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....
||Interfaith Delegation Urges President Bush To Restore UNFPA Funding
A delegation of nine religious leaders released a report to the White House and the US State Department asking that the United States restore and increase funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) because the UNFPA promotes high quality and voluntary reproductive health care in China....
||Maternal Mortality Tripled in Iraq Since 1990
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) recently released a report showing that maternal mortality in Iraq has tripled since 1990....
||UNFPA Urges End to Female Infanticide in India
Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, the head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), urges the end of sex-selective abortion and infanticide in India....
||African Women More Likely to Die in Childbirth Than Westerners
A new report reveals that African women are 175 times more likely to die during childbirth than Westerners....
||China: Religious Leaders See No Link Between Forced Abortions and UNFPA
A group of religious leaders who studied the United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) family planning work in China said that they found no evidence to back accusations by the administration that the UNFPA supports forced abortions....
||Amendment to Block Expansion of Global Gag Rule Passes
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted to block the Bush Administration's efforts to expand a ban that prohibits US funds from being directed to any overseas program that provides information about abortions, abortion counseling, abortion services or that lobbies for the legalization of abortion in their country-- even with private funds....
||State Dept. Cuts International HIV/AIDS Program Funding
In a now familiar move, the US State Department yesterday said it would halt government funding for an HIV/AIDS program serving African and Asian refugees....
||UNFPA Funding Defeated in House
In a narrow defeat for women across the world, the House voted 216 to 211 to block an amendment to this year's foreign aid bill that would have provided $100 million over two years in international family planning funds....
||Amendment Calls for $100M in UNFPA Funding
In anticipation of World Population Day this Friday, Congressman Joseph Crowley and Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs will join policy experts this afternoon at an audio press conference to discuss restoring monies to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....
||House Committee Approves $100 Million for UNFPA
The House Committee on International Relations yesterday passed an amendment that would provide $100 million over the next two years for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....
||34 Million Friends Campaign Hits $1 Million
A grassroots campaign launched to raise money for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) after President Bush cut funding to the organization hit the $1 million mark last week....
||Environmental Groups Celebrate Earth Day
Advocacy groups celebrating Earth Day yesterday raised concerns about the Bush Administration's record on the environment....
||African Leaders Speak Out Against Unsafe Abortion
The first-ever regional meeting in Africa to address unsafe abortion and access to abortion-related care was held last month in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia....
||Humanitarian Aid Needed for Iraqi Women
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is asking international donors for $5 million to address the specific needs of women in Iraq for the next six months, the BBC reports....
||Iraq War Further Straps Humanitarian Efforts
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) last week unveiled a new humanitarian program to provide aid and assistance to pregnant Iraqi women....
||ERA, UNFPA Legislation Introduced in Congress
Along with 186 cosponsors, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) into the 108th Congress yesterday....
||ERA, UNFPA Legislation Introduced in Congress
Along with 186 cosponsors, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) into the 108th Congress yesterday....
||International Women’s Day Brings Cries for Peace, Reproductive Health
Events celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8 included rallies and marches for peace and a call for reproductive health funding....
||US Ambassador Briefs NGOs at UN Commission on the Status of Women
Ambassador Ellen Sauerbrey, the US Representative to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, briefed non-governmental organizations attending the Commission’s 47th session last Thursday....
||Abortion is a Global Issue
The number of women and adolescents worldwide lacking access to information about family planning and reproductive health services is probably in the hundreds of millions – much higher than official United Nations estimates....
||Congress Approves Spending Bill With Abortion Restrictions
With the president’s signature expected any day, the US Congress approved the fiscal year 2003 $397.4 billion omnibus spending bill last week with several anti-women measures - including continued bans on federal spending for abortions....
||Report: Females Suffer Higher Rates of HIV/AIDS in Zambia Than Males
A human rights report released earlier this week reveals that girls in Zambia are five times more likely to be infected with the HIV virus than their male counterparts as a result of widespread sexual abuse....
||EU Accession Treaty: Catholics Call for Protection of Poland’s Abortion Policies
The Roman Catholic Church in Poland is demanding that the treaty allowing its accession to the European Union (EU) contain language stipulating Poland’s freedom to set its own abortion policy....
||Report: Females Suffer Higher Rates of HIV/AIDS in Zambia Than Males
A human rights report released earlier this week reveals that girls in Zambia are five times more likely to be infected with the HIV virus than their male counterparts as a result of widespread sexual abuse....
||Afghanistan: Women Learn to Drive, US to Help Fund Maternal and Child Health Programs
Twelve women in Kabul took driving tests Saturday, marking the first time since 1992 women have been permitted to drive in Afghanistan....
||U.S. Funding Cut Could Increase AIDS
Pacific Island countries are facing “critical” shortages of condoms, which could endanger the region's status as one of the places least affected by HIV/AIDS, the New Zealand Herald reports....
||Activists Celebrate Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Pro-choice advocates marked the 30th anniversary of Roe v Wade today with events that included a student leadership conference sponsored by the Feminist Majority Foundation....
||President Proclaims “National Sanctity of Human Life Day,” Undercuts Women’s Lives
Pledging that his administration “will continue to honor our country’s founding ideals of equal dignity and equal rights,” President Bush on Tuesday proclaimed Sunday, January 19, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day....
||Increasing Gender Gap Leads to Bush Falling in “Most Admired Man” Poll
President Bush topped a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll asking Americans to name the man and woman living today whom they most admire....
||US Loses Vote at Population Conference
Over the objections of the United States, delegates at the Fifth Asian and Pacific Population Conference passed a resolution reaffirming a landmark 1994 population policy drawn up at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo....
||US Angers Allies over Abortion Issue at UN Population Conference
The Bush administration angered several allies over the issue of abortion and reproductive health at the Fifth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok this past week....
||UNFPA Releases Report on State of World Population
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released a report yesterday calling for improved access to reproductive health services and education for women as crucial steps in the fight against global poverty....
||UNFPA Seeks to Fight Fistula in Africa
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched a two-year campaign to tackle obstetric fistula in 12 sub-Saharan African countries....
||State Department Withholds Funding for World Health Organization
The State Department recently decided to freeze $3 million in funding appropriated by Congress for the World Health Organization’s research on mifepristone (also known as RU-486 and the “abortion pill”)....
||US to Back Away from UN Population Policy
The Bush Administration threatened last week to back out of a landmark United Nations (UN) population policy ratified by 179 nations in 1994 if the terms “reproductive rights” and “reproductive health services” were not removed from the language of the agreement, according to the New York Times....
||Syphilis Rate Rises in United States for First Time in Decade
Though the rate of syphilis cases declined in some of the populations most affected by the infection, including African-Americans and residents of the South, the overall rate of syphilis in the US has increased by 2 percent between 2000 and 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports....
||Health of Women at Stake in Afghan Health Crisis
Women in Afghanistan are suffering “catastrophic” maternal death rates, according to the most recent comprehensive surveys of the country’s state of health, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Management Sciences for Health, a non-profit based in Boston, in cooperation with the Afghan Health Ministry....
||Developing Countries Face a Shortage of Condoms
A new report shows that there is a shortage of condoms being donated from richer countries to poorer countries, with a current supply that is about one tenth of what’s needed, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....
||Bush Transfers UNFPA Funds To US-Run Program
Carrying out a decision that will cost the lives of tens of thousands of women and children around the globe, President Bush officially shifted the $34 million originally meant for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to a US healthcare program for children overseas....
||Appropriations Committees Working to Restore UNFPA Funding Withheld by Bush
After the Senate Appropriations Committee, led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), approved the Foreign Operations Appropriations (FY2003) bill including $50 million for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in July, the House Appropriations Committee last week followed suit, earmarking $25 million for UNFPA....
||Citizens Mobilize To Provide UNFPA Funding
In hopes of righting President Bush’s wrong of cutting funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), a citizen's initiative has been launched to replace the $34 million in funds meant to provide women’s and children’s health care services in 141 low-income countries....
||New York Times Columnist Excoriates Bush For Record On Women
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff today severely criticized President George Bush for policies his administration has pushed that are having a negative impact on the lives and health of women worldwide....
||Male Preference Continues to Grow in Asia
In India and China, where cultural beliefs remain steadfast, recent reports show that the preference for sons has dramatically widened female-male birth ratios and boosted incidents of infanticide....
||US Backs Out, Europe Steps in with $32 Million for the UNFPA
Responding swiftly to President Bush’s decision to cut the $34 million appropriated by Congress earlier this year for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the European Union (EU) stepped in with $31.8 million to fund projects by the UNFPA and the International Planned Parenthood Federation....
||Bush Makes UNFPA Funding Cut Official
In a move that will cost the lives of tens of thousands of women and children around the globe, President Bush officially announced yesterday that he will withhold $34 million in funds for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....
||Bush Pushes for Legislation to Withhold $34 Million in UNFPA Funding
Legislation that will allow President Bush to withhold $34 million for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was approved yesterday by a House-Senate conference committee....
||Bush Refuses To Release UNFPA Report
Defying advice from his own fact-finding team and State Department officials, President Bush will most likely cut $34 million in funds for vital healthcare programs to women and children in 142 countries, Knight Ridder reported Sunday....
||Barcelona Hosts Week-long International AIDS Conference
Fifteen thousand delegates including researchers, activists, and health care professionals, convened in Barcelona, Spain yesterday for the opening session of the six-day International AIDS Conference....
||Bush Expected to Cut $34 Million UNFPA Funding
The Washington Post reported late last week that President George Bush will likely eliminate the $34 million appropriated by Congress for the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA)....
||Bush Offers Limited Options for Global HIV Prevention
In a Rose Garden ceremony last week, President Bush unveiled his International Mother and Child HIV Prevention Initiative, earmarking $500 million over the next five years to 12 African countries and a few Caribbean countries for reducing transmission of the HIV virus from mother to child....
||Senate Votes Support for Delivery of UNFPA Funds
Despite veto threats from President Bush, the Senate approved 71 to 22 an emergency spending bill (S 2551) last week that includes language calling on the Bush administration to disburse up to $34 million already appropriated to the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) - a major supplier of modern methods of contraception in the developing world....
||Growing Need for Contraceptives Funding in Developing Nations
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health released a report in the latest issue of Population Reports, “Family Planning Logistics: Strengthening the Supply Chain,” warning that declining contraceptive funding in developing countries could result in more unwanted pregnancies and higher cases of sexually transmitted diseases....
||House Passes Supplemental Appropriations Bill Without UNFPA Amendments
Early Friday morning, the House of Representatives, passed HR 4775, a $29 billion supplemental appropriations bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2002....
||House Committee Reverses July 10 Release of UNFPA Funds
One week after approving the Lowey-Kolbe amendment which set a July 10 deadline for the release of $34 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the US House Appropriations Committee narrowly reversed its vote 32-30 passing an amendment by Representative Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) to drop the July 10 deadline and cap the UNFPA Fiscal Year (FY) 2002 funding at $34 million....
||House Republicans Aim to Stop Release of UNFPA Funds
Congressman Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) has threatened to introduce an amendment to the emergency appropriations bill that would give the president discretion over how much, if any, of the $34 million appropriated to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will be released during the 2002 fiscal year....
||House Committee Votes to Release UNFPA Funds
The House Appropriations Committee voted last week to release $34 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) by July 10, 2002....
||State Dept to Assess UNFPA in China
The State Department announced yesterday that it will send a 3-person delegation to China later this month to assess the United Nations Family Planning Association (UNFPA) activities there....
||Religious Leaders Calls on Bush to Release UNFPA Funding
A diverse coalition of religious leaders and people of faith called on the Bush Administration Tuesday to release the $34 million in funding which he has withheld under pressure from anti-choice Congressional forces....
||More Voices Urge Bush to Release UNFPA Funds
The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof joins women’s rights organizations throughout the United States in urging President Bush to release $34 million appropriated to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) by Congress....
||Gender Perspective Needed in World Environmental Policies
As communities nationwide celebrate Earth Day today, women environmental leaders are calling for more women decision-makers in environmental policy worldwide....
||US Freeze Forces UNFPA Cuts
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has been forced to cut new programs and staff because of under-funding experienced after the Bush Administration froze $34 million appropriated for UNFPA by Congress....
||Members of Congress Call for UNFPA Funds to Be Released
House Foreign Operations appropriations subcommittee chair Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) urged President Bush to begin spending the $34 million Congress slated for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and cautioned him that if funds were not spent, “There would be consequences.” Kolbe and his counterpart in the Senate, Patrick Leahy (D-VT), emphasized that funding UNFPA was, according to Kolbe, “clearly the intent” of Congress....
||Women’s Rights Leaders Mark The Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
On the 29th anniversary of Roe v....
||Bush Denies Release of Funds for International Family Planning
President Bush placed a temporary hold on $34 million intended for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as part of a foreign aid appropriations bill the President signed last Thursday....
||UNFPA Urges Women’s Needs Must Be Addressed in Peace Process
Leaders from world governments, the United Nations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) concluded a three-day meeting on “The Impact of Conflict on Women and Girls,” finding that addressing women’s needs must be incorporated into any global response to post-conflict situations....
||Women’s Empowerment Essential to Controlling World Population, Alleviating Poverty
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released a new report finding that empowering women and enabling them to control their fertility and reproduction are key to ensuring better environmental conditions and a decrease in global poverty....
||Afghan Refugee Women Face Danger in Camps
Even after escaping the Taliban and fleeing to refugee camps in Pakistan, Afghan women are not free from danger, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) representative Dr....
||Afghan Women Refugees in Continued Crisis
Acknowledging a healthcare crisis for Afghan women refugees, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has requested $4.5 million for donor countries to provide refugees with reproductive healthcare services including services intended to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)....
||UNFPA Report Cites Widespread Violence Against Women And High Illegal Abortion Death Rate
The United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) State of World Population Report 2000 finds that "violence against women and girls remains firmly rooted in all cultures around the world." According to the reports findings 67% of women in Papau New Guinea, 47% of women in Bangladesh, 45% of women in Ethiopia, 40% of women in India, 27% of women in Mexico and 22% of women in the United States reported physical assault by a male partner....
||Family Planning Resources Shrink as Population Reaches 6 Billion
As the world today celebrated the birth of the 6 billionth person, poor countries continue to suffer from population growth that outstrips their economic growth....
||Turner Gives $1 Billion to U.N.
Cable-television pioneer Ted Turner will give the United Nations $100 million dollars each year for the next ten years, for a total gift of $1 billion....
|| Cote d'Ivoire Lawmakers Debate FGM Ban
Cote d'Ivoire National Assembly members are debating whether to pass a law banning female genital mutilation (FGM) or launch a campaign focused on educating the population on related health threats and human rights issues....
||From Cairo to Beijing Workshop
Approximately 40 people braved the rain to attend today's Feminist Majority workshop, From Cairo to Beijing....