Social workers and doctors team up to defend the life, health and dignity of women inside Myanmar’s camps

Social workers and doctors team up to defend the life, health and dignity of women inside Myanmar’s camps

Report from United Nations Population Fund
Published on 02 Jul 2018

“Very bad things happen during religious festivals. Most community members go to join in the ceremonies, and those women who remain at home are very vulnerable. Perpetrators find out who has stayed behind – often widows – and go into their homes and violate the women. There are no locks on the doors, no protection. For a few hours, everywhere is deserted, and there is no-one who can hear or heed calls for help.”

Myint Myint Htay – Htay for short – is a gender-based violence caseworker in a camp for displaced people in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. While the attention is on the over 700,000 people who have fled persecution and violence in Myanmar to Bangladesh since last August, nearly 130,000 people who identify as Rohingya remain in camps in Myanmar. Confined to the camps, they lack basic services and rights, including freedom of movement. Their plight is largely unseen by the world.

Continued: https://reliefweb.int/report/myanmar/social-workers-and-doctors-team-defend-life-health-and-dignity-women-inside-myanmar-s

Read more

Sierra Leone News: Family planning key to development

Sierra Leone News: Family planning key to development – MSSL

By Sylvia Villa
Wednesday June 27, 2018.

Evidence from the United Nations Population Fund shows that women who have access to family planning and choose to use family planning, have smaller families, higher educational achievements, healthier children and greater economic power as well influence in their households and communities.

Family planning according to United Nations Population Fund is one of the most cost-effective ways of improving health and the lack of it can be a significant barrier to a better life.

Continued: https://awoko.org/2018/06/29/sierra-leone-news-family-planning-key-to-development-mssl/

Read more

Ensure sex workers in India have access to sexual reproductive health services

Ensure sex workers in India have access to sexual reproductive health services
We must ensure that every woman receives SRH services she needs — without being shamed or judged. No country will be fully developed unless all its women are safe and healthy

Jun 08, 2018
Sonal Mehta and Shamnu Rao

Geeta, 18, (name changed) came to Delhi hoping to support her impoverished family, back in her village in Uttar Pradesh. She did not anticipate that the man who promised her employment would sell her into sex work. When she approached the nearest health facility for an abortion, the doctor on learning of her occupation denied her services. Although she was not a minor, he asked for her parents’ consent, citing that she was unmarried. While the abortion was eventually provided when a local community leader intervened, Geeta realised that she and other women in sex work would always struggle to access safe abortion services.

The consequences of the lack of access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services can be dire for women.

Continued: https://www.hindustantimes.com/opinion/ensure-sex-workers-in-india-have-access-to-sexual-reproductive-health-services/story-RVTvzu1CealCKvwi8j3WxH.html

Read more

Nigeria – ‘Global Gag Rule affecting NGOs’

‘Global Gag Rule affecting NGOs’
Posted By: OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA
May 4, 2018

Olayide Akanni is the Executive Director of Journalists Against AIDS (JAAIDS) Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) on the prevention, care and control of HIV, AIDS and tuberculosis. In this interview, she tells OYEYEMI GBENGA-MUSTAPHA how the Mexico City Policy, also called Global Gag Rule (GGR), introduced by the United States government will affect NGOs.

She has worked in many non-governmental organisatons (NGOs) over the years. Ms Olayide Akanni worked, among others, on Journalists Against AIDS (JAAIDS), African Civil Society Coalition on HIV/AIDS in promoting HIV/AIDS and TB treatment literacy, building capacity for media and civil society groups, and monitoring universal access to prevention, treatment and care services.

Continued: http://thenationonlineng.net/global-gag-rule-affecting-ngos/

Read more

Trump’s War on Maternal Health

Trump’s War on Maternal Health
Mar 19, 2018
Anne-Marie Slaughter, Elizabeth Radin

Around the world, women continue to die from complications arising in childbirth, even though maternal mortality is a problem that we know how to solve. What is missing is not the know-how, but funding and political leaders who are brave enough to put women's health before partisan politics.

WASHINGTON, DC – In December 2014, the cover of Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” issue featured Salome Karwah, a nursing assistant who not only survived the Ebola epidemic in her native Liberia that year, but also helped waves of patients arriving at her Ebola ward. Karwah was a hero who met a tragic end. One year ago, she died from complications in childbirth, a killer that every month takes twice as many lives as the entire Ebola epidemic.

Continued: https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/trump-republicans-maternal-mortality-by-anne-marie-slaughter-and-elizabeth-radin-2018-03?wpmm=1&wpisrc=nl_todayworld

Read more

Nigeria – Trump’s Global Gag Rule threatens women’s health, rights

Trump’s Global Gag Rule threatens women’s health, rights

March 9, 2018
By APPOLONIA ADEYEMI

With a restrictive abortion law in Nigeria, thousands of sexually active adolescents and married women die needlessly from unsafe abortion. Rather than provide succour, the United States (US) President, Donald Trump’s Global Gag Rule has further tightened the noose on women, especially in developing countries. APPOLONIA ADEYEMI reports

The ordinary man in the street in Nigeria may not immediately understand the consequence of the United States (US) President Donald Trump’s Global Gag Rule (GGR). It may sound like an issue concerning foreigners in faraway far east Asian countries or in off shore Archipelago communities around the Pacific Ocean, but it is now very clear that the Trump’s GGR otherwise known as the Mexico City Policy, does not mean well for women’s reproductive health and rights globally.

Continued: https://newtelegraphonline.com/2018/03/trumps-global-gag-rule-threatens-womens-health-rights/

Read more

Trump’s Global Gag Rule: More cases of unsafe abortion imminent in Nigeria

Trump’s Global Gag Rule: More cases of unsafe abortion imminent in Nigeria

March 6, 2018
By Sola Ogundipe

Women in developing countries were the first casualties as soon as President Donald Trump assumed office in January 2017. With a stroke of his pen, Trump declared war on women’s health by reinstating and expanding the Mexico City Policy, an executive order also known as the Global Gag Rule (GGR).

First introduced in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan, a Republican, the Mexico City Policy had earlier been suspended by former President Barack Obama, a Democrat, in 2009.

Continued: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/03/trumps-global-gag-rule-cases-unsafe-abortion-imminent-nigeria/

Read more

Opinion: Rohingya women have suffered enough. They don’t deserve discriminatory health care.

Opinion: Rohingya women have suffered enough. They don't deserve discriminatory health care.
By Anu Kumar, Sayed Rubayet
14 December 2017

Rape has been used as a weapon of war in conflicts all over the world. And has been used against women and girls caught up in the massive humanitarian crisis involving Rohingya refugees.

In the past few months, nearly 600,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh, and more continue to seek refuge every day. The camps are overcrowded. The smell of waste and small fires for cooking and sweat hangs in the humid, thick air. Tents fashioned out of reeds and tarps perch precariously in the mud. Throngs of people crowd the latrines and newly dug wells. And these conditions are better than those in the makeshift camps, where thousands of unregistered refugees are living.

Continued at source: https://www.devex.com/news/opinion-rohingya-women-have-suffered-enough-they-don-t-deserve-discriminatory-health-care-91751

Read more

UN says Canadian funding for reproductive health agency critical after U.S. cuts

UN says Canadian funding for reproductive health agency critical after U.S. cuts

Michelle Zilio, OTTAWA
December 6, 2017

The head of the UN reproductive health and rights agency says Canada's financial support has been critical to the agency's work after President Donald Trump cut U.S. funding this year.

Natalia Kanem, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund, says the withdrawal of almost $70-million (U.S.) in American funding will put millions of women's lives at risk in the years to come. Dr. Kanem, who was in Ottawa on Wednesday to launch the agency's annual population report, said the Canadian government's renewal of $15.6-million (Canadian) in funding is "lifesaving" for vulnerable women and girls in some of the poorest regions of the world.

Continued at source: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/un-says-canadian-funding-for-reproductive-health-agency-critical-after-us-cuts/article37230933/

Read more