The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reported that the Sudan has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. According to IRIN News, the UNFPA cited complications from pregnancy and childbirth and the lack of natal health care as the main reasons for the high number of deaths among women in the Sudan.
Currently, according to the UNFPA, 590 women die per 100,000 live births in the Sudan, compared to 17 per 100,000 live births in the United States. In response to this and the humanitarian crisis in the Sudan, the UNFPA has allocated $1.4 million to begin programs on sexually transmitted infections, motherhood, HIV/AIDS, and gender-based violence, IRIN reports.
Shockingly, other nations have even higher rates of maternal mortality. The two highest are also war-torn: Sierra Leone, with 2,000 women dying per 100,000 live births, and Afghanistan, with 1,900.
7/2/2015 National Portrait Gallery Honors Dolores Huerta - Feminist Majority Foundation board member and lifelong feminist activist Dolores Huerta was honored by the National Portrait Gallery last night as the first Latina person to have a featured exhibition at the museum.
Huerta is an active defender of civil rights, farm workers' rights, women's rights, and immigrant rights, and has been for over five decades. . . .
7/1/2015 Women's Rights Activists are Suing the Kenyan Government for Reproductive Rights - A woman in Kenya is suing the Kenyan government for failure to provide safe and legal abortions, which caused her daughter - a 15-year-old rape victim - to suffer a kidney failure after undergoing the procedure illegally.
Currently, there are four petitioners on the case: the mother of the survivor, the Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya, and two other women's rights advocates. . . .