New Report Quantifies Gender Inequities in World Economies

The World Bank Group has released a new report aimed at rectifying some of the worst inequities faced by women around the world. The report Women, Business and the Law, attempts to quantify the legal barriers faced by women in opening and operating a business or in participating in the labor force. The report's headline finding is unsettling: out of 128 economies around the world, only 20 have equal rights for women and men in 9 areas measured by the report.

UN Agencies Issue Joint Statement on Adolescent Girls

Adolescent-girl.jpgEarlier this month, six UN agencies issued a joint statement that called for accelerated efforts to fulfill the human rights of marginalized adolescent girls. The statement, issued during the Commission on the Status of Women, sends a strong message that the UN and its partner organizations believe empowering adolescent girls can bring about desired changes in the world.

Jill W. Sheffield: Fighting for Moms Worldwide

This week, Jill W. Sheffield, President of Women Deliver, was profiled by Adam Phillips in a news article and audio podcast on Voice of America. The profile highlights Sheffield’s longstanding dedication to the field of maternal health, starting with her volunteer work at a Nairobi, Kenya family planning clinic in the 1960s and leading up to the upcoming Women Deliver 2010 conference in Washington, DC...

New Report Shows Maternal Mortality Rates Rising in the US

DeadlyDeliverySummary.jpgWomen in the USA have a higher risk of dying of pregnancy-related complications than those in 40 other countries, according to a new report, Deadly Delivery: The Maternal Health Care Crisis in the USA, by Amnesty International. And while countries around the world are fighting to reduce maternal mortality to meet Millennium Development Goal 5, maternal mortality ratios have more than doubled in the US from 1987 to 2006...

More Than 600 People in Stockholm March Against Maternal Mortality

RSFU_prams.jpgThe Unite for Women campaign was launched by RFSU, the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education, to shine a spotlight on maternal mortality. This past International Women’s Day, March 8th, the campaign culminated with more than 600 people marching with prams to show solidarity and support to all the women all over the world who have not had the same possibilities to choose a pregnancy and have access to safe maternal health care as mothers in Sweden...

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