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United States Speaks Out in Support Of Reproductive Health at Major UN Conference

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Today at the United Nations, the United States expressed its renewed and deep commitment to the goals and aspirations included in the International Conference on Population Program of Action and Development (ICPD) and the Key Actions of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs):   “Ladies and Gentlemen, our common task this week is vital. Five years […]

US Leadership on Reproductive Health at the United Nations

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After eight years of failed leadership, the US renewed its commitment to reproductive health and the goals and aspirations of the International Conference on Population and Development’s (ICPD) Program of Action. During its statement at the United Nations Commission on Population and Development, the US strongly articulated its support for women’s and young people’s health, […]

After the Gag Rule: A Blogging Salon

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This week RH Reality Check and UN Dispatch are co-hosting a blogging salon called After the Gag Rule. Mark Goldberg, of UN Dispatch, kicked the salon off with these thoughts: Among the first executive orders signed by President Obama upon taking to office were eliminating the so-called “Global Gag Rule” and restoring American funding for […]

Anti-Choice Under All Circumstances

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Our Brazilian partners from the organization Grupo Curumim recently rallied around a young girl who became pregnant as the result of rape. Through a combination of Brazilian law and active support from feminist organizers to protect access to abortion, the girl was able to obtain an abortion. Yesterday the L.A. Times published a sharp op-ed […]

Is a Nation Peaceful? Look at how it Treats Female Citizens.

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The Salt Lake Tribune ran an article yesterday that highlights the findings of “The Heart of the Matter: The Security of Women and the Security of States,” a study published in Harvard’s journal International Security. The study provides preliminary, empirical evidence that how a nation treats half of its population, specifically the female half, is […]

Rejoining the Global Community in Funding UNFPA

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The Department of State announced that it will contribute $50 million to UNFPA, the amount appropriated by Congress for FY2009. This decision is one indication of the Obama Administration’s strong commitment to international family planning, women’s health, and global development. With its renewed funding for UNFPA, the US has joined the international community in supporting […]

A woman in tech I admire: Deb Levine

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Today, more than 1000 bloggers are participating in Ada Lovelace Day by blogging about a woman in technology who they admire. Ada Lovelace was one of the world’s first computer programmers. Over the last two days I’ve been in San Francisco at the Sex::Tech – Focus on Youth conference, which is organized by the Internet […]