Tag Archives: International

Misoprostol: A Catalyst for Revolution?

An optimistic op-ed published by Nicholas Kristof this weekend in the New York Times hypothesized that the medication misoprotol will revolutionize abortion access around the world, especially in developing countries, where five-sixths of abortions occur and “up to 70,000 women … Continue reading

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Kakenya’s Dream: Giving Kenyan Girls a Brighter Future

In Enoosaen, Kenya, bright young voices are singing a song of joy and appreciation at Kakenya’s Center for Excellence, a rural academy for girls. Primary education is compulsory in Kenya, but girls are often not afforded significant attention while they … Continue reading

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Ban on Overseas Female Genital Cutting Proposed

The practice of female genital cutting (FGC) was outlawed in the U.S. in 1996. However, the law does not prohibit parents from sending their daughters overseas to undergo the procedure. Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY) proposed a bill (known as the … Continue reading

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Study Reports Decline in Maternal Deaths Globally

A study in the medical journal The Lancet recently reported that the global numbers of maternal deaths have been declining significantly. Maternal mortality remains a major challenge to international health systems, and, despite global health initiatives, had seemingly not experienced … Continue reading

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A Law Against Psychological Abuse in Marriage? “Oui” say the French

French lawmakers are now legally recognizing that domestic abuse presents itself in ways that are not necessarily physical.  They have decided to promote legislation to prevent repeated emotional and mental abuse in relationships, or as the bill itself states, “conjugal … Continue reading

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Irish Abortion Law Under Scrutiny

Next week, the European Court of Human Rights will hear arguments about whether Ireland’s abortion laws violate women’s human rights. Current Irish law outlaws legal access to abortion, making an exception only to save a pregnant woman’s life. Because of … Continue reading

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Asylum for Domestic Violence Survivors

The Obama Administration has taken a step forward for international women’s rights by announcing that domestic violence victims from other countries would be granted asylum in the United States. The qualifications for being granted asylum are: In addition to meeting … Continue reading

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