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Zambia Gender Minister: Poverty slows march toward equity

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The Honorable Professor Nkandu Luo, now Zambia’s Minister of Gender and Child Development, is a physician, professor of microbiology and immunology, a former Parliament member, former Minister of Health and founder of a an organization supporting sex workers*. Having overcome some of the challenges facing women and girls in her country, and worked to address […]

Guest post: Laura Hoemeke on women and health

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Laura Hoemeke is Director of Strategic Communications at IntraHealth International, based in Chapel Hill, N.C. This post follows a discussion Monday at Aspen Institute on women’s health. The Aspen Institute’s Ministerial Leadership Initiative panel discussion on Women and Health taught, or maybe reminded me, of three important lessons, among countless others. First, as Dr. Susan […]

New evidence on violence against women

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The figures were shocking. A World Health Organization study of 11 countries found between 15 percent and 71 percent of women, depending on the country, had experienced physical or sexual violence by a husband or partner in their lifetime – and between 4 percent and 54 percent had experienced it within the previous year. Ethiopian […]

Details on a US Policy Shift — More Investment in Women’s Health

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This post is by John Donnelly, a former Boston Globe reporter and regular contributor to Science Speaks.  Less than two months ago, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared an increased US government commitment to international family planning and reproductive health programs, saying, “In the Obama administration, we are convinced of the value of investing in […]