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Ford Foundation Launches Child Marriage Map and Partner Index

The Ford Foundation, in partnership with the Girls Not Brides campaign, has recently shared their child marriage interactive map, and partner index of Girls Not Brides member organizations. The map is linked to the recent article from Time magazine titled, “Why Is It So Hard to Combat Child Marriage?

The website examines 30 countries with the highest rates of child marriage, and offers some alarming statistics: “Across the developing world, more than one-third of girls are married by age 18, and one in seven is married by age 15, with devastating effects on girls’ health, education, earning power and independence.” Read more...

65 Finalists Advance in Saving Lives at Birth Challenge

The second Saving Lives at Birth Challenge has elicited more than 500 submissions from almost 60 countries on innovative solutions to save the lives of mothers and newborns around the time of birth. On June 14, Challenge partners, which include US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), announced that 65 finalists will move on to the next and final stage of the competition at the DevelopmentXChange, on July 12-14, 2012. Read more...

Parliamentary Launch of Marie Stopes International’s Global Impact Report

Marie Stopes International’s Global Impact Report was launched on June 26 in UK Parliament by Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell. The report focuses on family planning in the developing world, including health, social, and economic impact analysis over the last 60 years.

Also discussed in the highlights are the impacts of the global unmet need for family planning, and the nearly 300,000 women who die each year from pregnancy related complications. Despite this, more than 200 million women in developing countries who wish to delay or avoid pregnancy do not have access to contraception. Read more...

Frontline Health Workers Are Key to Meeting Family Planning Needs Worldwide

By: Oying Rimon; Originally posted on Impatient Optimist

Around the world, frontline health workers are often the first link to lifesaving care and supplies, and in some cases they are the only link for families and communities in rural and impoverished areas. This is also where most of the world’s unmet need for family planning resides. More than 200 million women in developing countries want to delay or avoid pregnancy but lack access to modern methods of contraception. Read more...

Women’s Major Group Final Statement on the Outcomes of Rio+20

The Women’s Major Group (WMG), representing 200 civil society women’s organizations from all around the world, is greatly disappointed in the results of the Rio+20 conference. We believe that the governments of the world have failed both women and future generations.

Women’s Rights Rolled Back

Two years of negotiations have culminated in a Rio+20 outcome that makes almost no progress for women’s rights and rights of future generations in sustainable development. The Women’s Major Group has worked around the clock to maintain women’s rights and commitments to gender equality that have already been agreed to, but gaining affirmation of those rights left no time for real progress and commitments to moving toward the future we need. Read more...

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