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.
11/25/2014 Marissa Alexander Has Accepted a Plea Deal - Marissa Alexander, the woman imprisoned for firing a warning shot in the presence of her abusive husband, chose to accept a plea deal Monday with the state of Florida, pleading guilty to three felony counts of aggravated assault.
As part of the plea deal, Alexander received three years imprisonment, but she will be credited for the time she's spent behind bars. . . .
11/24/2014 The City of Louisville Has Overwhelmingly Approved a CEDAW Resolution - The city of Louisville, Kentucky approved a resolution that will use the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) as a framework for all future policy aimed at ending gender-based discrimination.
Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh introduced the resolution, which passed overwhelmingly on November 6. . . .