Celebrate Solutions: Securing Women’s Land Rights in Rwanda

By: Brittany Tatum, Women Deliver

It was not until 1999 that women gained the right to own land in Rwanda. As a country with one of the highest population densities in Africa, Rwandan land is a valuable commodity. Even though women now have the right to own land, almost 80 percent of women in rural areas of Rwanda do not know their property rights. For those who do, customary laws can still undermine their right to inherit land. These disparities have not gone unnoticed. There are some notable organizations in Rwanda helping women learn about and enforce their land rights. Read More...

Why #WeCantWait – Lack of Toilets Put Nearly Half-a-Billion Women at Risk

By: Brittany Tatum; Originally Posted on Global Citizen

Since 2001, World Toilet Day has been recognized globally, to bring focus to the 2.4 billion people worldwide who lack access to a safe, clean bathroom. If you were to put a magnifying glass to that astoundingly large population, you would see that women struggle most from the lack of adequate sanitation: One in 3 women worldwide–– or 526 million––have nowhere safe to go; This is a problem that most of us cannot even imagine. Read More...

Celebrate Solutions: Girls in Malawi Cycling Towards a Better Future

By: Brittany Tatum, Women Deliver

62 million – that’s the number of girls across the globe that are not in school. Even though we know that with an education girls can shape their futures, and transform their communities we still see hundreds of young girls dropping out, and sometimes not even enrolling in school.  In Sub-Saharan Africa, it’s estimated that 50% of children don’t have access to any education. Read More...

Calls for action over maternal deaths as UN figures show slow recent progress

By: Liz Ford; Originally posted on The Guardian

The number of women dying in childbirth has dropped by almost 44% over the past 25 years, according to the latest UN figures. But women’s rights activists said the figures were disappointing.The number of maternal deaths fell from an estimated 532,000 to 303,000. Read More... 

Youth Must Help Lead the Movement for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

By: Ana Aguilera, Women Deliver Young Leader; Originally Posted on Ipas

A volcanic eruption has prevented young leaders from convening this week at the now-postponed International Conference on Family Planning. But it won’t stop us from talking about the importance of youth voices on this topic!

Young people both need and have a right to access comprehensive and integrated sexual and reproductive health-care services. This includes contraceptive services; pregnancy care; the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections; and safe and accessible abortion.


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