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The Universal Periodic Review: Tracking Progress on Human Rights

Last week, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group concluded their 20th session after reviewing the human rights records of 14 countries. Italy, El Salvador, The Gambia, Bolivia, Fiji, San Marino, Kazakhstan, Angola, Iran, Madagascar, Iraq, Slovenia, Egypt and Bosnia and Herzegovina were all examined through the lens of human rights issues including gender-based violence, child protection, migrants’ rights, and hate crimes and discrimination against LGBTQ individuals. Strategic recommendations were also developed to improve the lives of all people in these countries, especially marginalized populations. Read more...

New FP2020 Report Shows 8.4 Million More Women Have Access to Contraception

The number of women with access to modern contraceptives has risen by 8.4 million in the 69 FP2020 focus countries, according to Family Planning 2020 (FP2020)’s second progress report, Partnership in Progress, which was launched today in London. The report highlights progress made since the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, and includes new data on access to modern contraceptives, triumphs in policy and advances in contraceptive technology. Read more...

Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition Convenes Members in Mexico

Global reproductive health practitioners and advocates convened for the 10th annual general membership meeting of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) in Mexico on October 20th-24th.  The RHSC is a global partnership of public, private and non-governmental organizations working to ensure access and use of affordable, high-quality supplies for better reproductive health in low and middle-income countries. Read more....

New UN Women Report on Women in Development

Originally posted by UN Women on October 14

(New York) — Ahead of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October, UN Women released its new report, the World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2014: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development. Charting the rationale and the actions necessary to ensure ground-breaking change, the flagship UN study asserts that any comprehensive sustainable development pathway cannot be achieved without an explicit commitment to gender equality, women’s rights and their empowerment. Coming on the heels of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September, the World Survey 2014 provides an in-depth analysis of sustainable development issues, the challenges and the solutions, through a gender lens. Read more...

Addressing Maternal Mortality from a Human Rights Perspective

Since the establishment of the Millennium Development Goals, the development world has made some impressive strides in addressing maternal health. Maternal mortality rates have reduced by 45% since 1990, and the role of global health practitioners and advocates has been commendable. However, our work is far from over. Today, almost 300,000 women die each year from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications. Of these deaths, 99% occur in the developing world, and almost 90% are preventable. Reversing this trend will require recognizing that surviving pregnancy and childbirth is a fundamental human right, which should not be contingent upon a woman’s age, where she lives, or her income level. In From Risk to Rights: Realizing States’ Obligations to Prevent and Address Maternal Mortality, a new publication by the Center for Reproductive Rights, this obligation is clearly outlined. Read more...

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