A report issued by the international child assistance organization asserts that children's lives can best be saved by supporting policies and programs that improve the lives of their mothers and elevate women's status in society.
The report, entitled "State of the World's Mothers," stresses the importance of health care, education, economic opportunity, food security, and after-school supports to mothers, and advocates five key policies to help improve women's status:
1) Raise the legal age for marriage and ensure that pregnant girls may remain in school.
2) All adolescents should be educated about sexual and reproductive health issues.
3) Expand or strengthen laws which protect girls from rape and forced prostitution.
4) Institute programs that encourage women to open businesses.
5) Grant development funds to countries based on their efforts to raise women's status.
Report authors detail how women's status directly impacts their children's well-being, giving examples from mothers in the United States, Bolivia, Vietnam, Mali, Lebanon, and Nepal.
5/27/2015 California Passes Reproductive FACT Act - The California State Assembly passed the Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act yesterday.
AB 775, or the FACT Act, passed 48-25 in a vote, and requires that unlicensed facilities in California that provide pregnancy-related services disclose that they are not licensed medical providers. . . .
5/26/2015 Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage - Over the weekend, the people of Ireland voted overwhelmingly to pass a national referendum legalizing same-sex marriage.
Ireland became the first country in the world to pass marriage equality through popular vote on Friday. . . .