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april 2015

Reproductive rights bill passed on second hearing, Kyrgystan
Date: 22 April 2015
Source: Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development

Youth focus in Sexuality and Social Justice Toolkit
Date: 17 April 2015
Source: Institute of Development Studies

New law raises marriage age to 18, Malawi
Date: 17 April 2015
Source: Human Rights Watch

Extremist groups dominate use of sexual violence in conflict
Date: 16 April 2015
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Illegal abortion deaths high first national estimates show, Senegal
Date: 15 April 2015
Source: Guttmacher Institute

10 things you didn't know about the world's population
Date: 13 April 2015
Source: UNFPA

International Maternal Health Day, call for rights-based maternal health care
Date: 11 April 2015
Source: RH Reality Check

Women PrEP trial participants hid low adherence to stay on trial
Date: 10 April 2015
Source: AIDSMap

One year after Chibok abductions, women and girls still in danger, Nigeria
Date: 10 April 2015
Source: AWID

Caesareans should only be done for medical necessity, WHO
Date: 10 April 2015
Source: Guardian

New LGBTI law scraps surgery, sterilisation, mental illness diagnosis for gender change, Malta
Date: 1 April 2015
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation


Woman is jailed for 20 years for feticide, US 
Date: 1 April 2015
Source: The Independent

Law banning violence against women nearing completion, Myanmar
Date: 1 April 2015
Source: Myanmar Times

Regional dialogue with parliamentarians on LGBTI sexual and reproductive rights, Southern Africa
Date: 1 April 2015
Source: ARASA


march 2015


Kenyan High Court finds criminalisation of HIV transmission unconstitutional
Date: 30 March 2015
Source: Center for Reproductive Rights

School boy suspended from school for having condoms in his bag, Zimbabwe
Date: 30 March 2015
Source: News Day

Consultation: Global plan of action for health sector response to interpersonal violence
Date: 30 March 2015
Source: WHO

Russian children's rights ombudsperson backs proposed bill requiring parental notification abortion bill
Date: 27 March 2015
Source: RAPSI - Russian Legal Information Agency

UNAIDS holds virtual consultation for 2016-2021 strategy
Date: 25 March 2015
Source: UNAIDS

Congo hospitals see rise in rape of girls as young as 18 months
Date: 24 March 2015
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

International delays in Ebola response: new report
Date: 23 March 2015
Source: Medecins Sans Frontieres

Ebola and HIV: changing behaviour for the long term
Date: 20 March 2015
Source: IRIN News

CSW outcomes betray Beijing commitments and women's rights - blog
Date: 20 March 2015
Source: AWID

Pregnant women lack care after Vanuatu's cyclone
Date: 20 March 2015
Source: UNFPA

Abortion bill endangers girls' lives, Spain
Date: 18 March 2015
Source: Human Rights Watch

Mobile phones to battle maternal mortality, India
Date: 17 March 2015
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Call for sexuality rights submissions for 24th Universal Periodic Review
Date: 17 March 2015
Source: Sexuality Rights Initiative

Proposal for global accountability post-2015
Date: 17 March 2015
Center for Reproductive RIghts

Indian school takes stand against HIV discrimination
Date: 17 March 2015
Source: Key Correspondents

Women's activist inputs to 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women
Date: 17 March 2015
Source: AWID

EU declares same sex marriage a 'human right'
Date: 13 March 2015
Source: Chueca

African Civil Society Shadow Report on Beijing +20 launched
Date: 11 March 2015
Source: AWID

How women go onto streets to defend sex worker and LGBT rights, India
Date: 4 March 2015
Source: Daily Beast

New pro-fertility law reduces women to 'baby-making machines', Iran
Date: 11 March 2015
Source: Amnesty International

Advancing adolescent girls' rights creates 'virtuous circle', claim world leaders
Date: 9 March 2015
Source: UNFPA

Adolescents waiting for HIV treatment have double mortality rate of adult peers, Zimbabwe
Date: 9 March 2015
Source: Science Speaks - HIV & TB

China detains activists planning campaign against sexual harassment
Date: 8 March 2015
Source: New York Times


First lesbian rights march, Argentina
Date: 7 March 2015
Source: AWID

Call for inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in anti-violence efforts
Date: 6 March 2015
Source: Human Rights Watch

Recommendations to address violence against indigenous women and girls largely ignored, Canada
Date: 4 March 2015
Source: AWID

More than 40% of Indian women undernourished when they begin pregnancy
Date: 3 March 2015
Source: DNA

Health workforce shortage weakens HIV response
Date: 3 March 2015
Source: Science Speaks - HIV & TB

february 2015

Delhi consultation to update Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescent's Health
Date: 28 February 2015
Source: Every Woman Every Child 

Call for halt to export of health workers to Trinidad and Tobago in exchange for oil exploration, Uganda
Date: 28 February 2015
Source: Lancet

PEPFAR funding on abstinence and fidelity has had no impact on sexual behaviour in Africa
Date: 27 February 2015
Source: AIDSmap

Greater focus needed on links to care, especially for men and youth, in HIV treatment cascade, Africa
Date: 27 February 2015
Source: Aidsmap

Witchcraft accusations perpetuating violence against women go unaddressed in law, Tanzania
Date: 27 February 2015
Source: AWID

Girl activists help ban child marriage, Malawi
Date: 26 February 2015
Source: Guardian

US funded abstinence and faithfulness programmes have had no HIV impact, Africa
Date: 26 February 2015
Source: AIDSMap

86% fewer HIV transmissions for gay men and trans women in two PrEP studies
Date: 25 February 2015
Source: AIDSMap

Disappointing results for latest microbicide gels show young women lack HIV prevention methods
Date: 25 February 2015
Source: AIDSMap

Vital comment on implementation of Maputo Protocol, women and abortion in Africa
Date: 25 February 2015
Source: African Commission on Human and People's Rights

Breastfeeding women with HIV go undiagnosed, Africa
Date: 25 February 2015
Source: Science Speaks

New toolkit: SRHR accountability for post-2015
Date: 25 February
Source: EuroNGOs

New campaign: Midwives4All
Date: 23 February 2015
Source: PMNCH

Call for legal recognition for transgender people in 34 European countries
Date: 23 February 2015
Source: Transgender Europe

Gendered lens on the Ebola epidemic
Date: 20 February 2015
Source: AWID

Draft abortion bill will restrict reproductive and sexual rights of young women, Spain
Date: 19 February 2015
Source: Alianza por la Solidaridad

Legal committee urges government to recognise same-sex marriage, Nepal
Date: 17 February 2015
Source: Pink News

Publication: Advancing sex workers' rights and economic power
Date: 17 February 2015
Source: AWID

Economic crisis leads to condom shortage, Venezeula
Date: 17 February 2015
Source: IPPF Western Hemisphere

El Salvador releases one woman wrongfully imprisoned for abortion, but refuses to pardon 15 others
Date: 15 February 2015
Source: Center for Reproductive Rights

Proposed reparations make violence against transgender people visible, Argentina
Date: 13 February 2015
Source: AWID

Mass rape by army in Darfur, Sudan
Date: 11 February 2015
Source: Human Rights Watch

Different types of consent in reproductive health care
Date: 10 February 2015
Source: Reprohealthlaw

VOICE microbicide trials - low adherence and high concealment masks results
Date: 9 February 2015
Source: AIDSMap News

No improvement in CD4 levels at HIV diagnosis in Africa in last decade
Date: 4 February 2015
Source: AIDSMap News

Sex crimes increase amid Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone
Date: 4 February 2015
Source: IRIN News

Call for universal access on World Cancer Day
Date: 4 February 2015
Source: UN News Centre

Sexual rights at the Universal Periodic Review, Human Rights Council
Date: 4 February 2015
Source: Sexual Rights Initiative

Leaked document uncovers secret discussions to undermine health care access
Date: 4 February 2015
Source: Third World Health Aid

New publication: World fertility report 2013
Date: 4 February 2015
Source: UN Population Division

Birth control access is key means to achieving climate change goals
Date: 3 February 2015
Source: Reuters

Chilean President introduces safe abortion legislation
Date: 3 February 2015
Source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

HIV drugs priced out of reach despite Obama health care act, US
Date: 3 February 2015
Source: New York Times

Federal court rules US anti-prostitution pledge violates public health groups' rights
Date: 3 February 2015
Source: Pathfinder

Anti-HIV discrimination bill signed into law, Nigeria
Date: 3 February 2015
Source: AllAfrica

Parliament approves mitochondrial replacement amendment to genetics law, UK
Date: 3 February 2015
Source: Guardian

Toolkit: Activist strategies for increasing HCV treatment access in low- and middle-income countries
Date: 2 February 2015
Source: Treatment Action Group

Scientist considered father of birth control pills dies aged 91
Date: 1 February 2015
Source: Guardian

january

Anti-abortion activists and stigma endanger women's lives, South Africa
Date: 30 January 2015
Source: Mail & Guardian

Flash mobs call for reproductive and sexual health, Viet Nam
Date: 28 January 2015
Source: UNFPA

Consultation to renew global women's, adolescents' and children's health strategy
Date: 28 January 2015
Source: PMNCH

New leader for Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Date: 28 January 2015
Source: PMNCH

Sexual and reproductive health featuring in consultation on Global Financing Facility
Date: 28 January 2015
Source: IPPF

USAID suspends for-profit HIV contractor for serious misconduct
Date: 28 January 2015
Source: Science Speaks

Condom campaign for married couples closed down by religious lobby, Kenya
Date: 27 January 2015
Source: Key Correspondents

Petition: Universal access to affordable medicine
Date: 27 January 2015
Source: Access Our Medicine

After Ebola, rebuilding West Africa's health systems
Date: 26 January 2015
Source: IRIN News

Egyptian doctor imprisoned over girl's death in FGM case
Date: 26 January 2015
Source: Reuters

Call for proposals: Post-2015 advocacy small grants, deadline 28 January
Date: 23 January 2015
Source: International Planned Parenthood Federation


Teen pregnancy rates declined in many countries in past 20 years
Date: 23 January 2015
Source: Guttmacher Institute


Early HIV initiation then interruption no better than delaying initiation
Date: 22 January 2015
Source: AIDSMap News

Online course on sexuality and sexual and reproductive rights
Date: 23 January 2015
Source: TARSHI


El Salvador pardons woman wrongfully imprisoned for pregnancy complications
Date: 22 January 2015
Source: Center for Reproductive Rights


US House of Representatives passes bill denying insurance cover for abortion
Date: 22 January 2015
Source: Center for Reproductive Rights


HIV study on virus sub-types shows global migration, tourism and policy impact
Date: 22 January 2015
Source: Science Speaks


Girls not Brides Advocacy Toolkit
Date: 22 January 2015
Source: Girls Not Brides


China says gender imbalance 'most serious in world'
Date: 21 January 2015
Source: Reuters

Intimate partner violence in humanitarian settings, new report
Date: 21 January 2015
Source: International Rescue Committee


Chile approves civil union pact
Date: 21 January 2015
Source: Telesur

Political factors behind slowdown of US global HIV programmes
Date: 21 January 2015
Source: Lancet

New report on sexual and reproductive health of women with HIV
Date: 20 January 2015
Source: Salamander Trust

Move towards legalising abortion facing conservative opposition
Date: 19 January 2015
Source: Telesur and Campana Derecho a Decidir

Women unequal under Lebanon's divorce laws
Date: 19 January 2015
Source: Human Rights Watch

FGM on rise in northern Uganda
Date: 18 January 2015
Source: New Vision

Shattering Egypt's FGM misconceptions through comedy
Date: 18 January 2015
Source: Egyptian Streets

Letter against Helms Amendment signed by 143 organisations and given to Obama
Date: 17 January 2015
Source: RH Reality Check

Reporting rules on FGM will stop families seeking help, UK
Date: 17 January 2015
Source: Guardian

Temporary ban on FGM to reduce Ebola, Sierra Leone
Date: 16 January 2015
Source: Huffington Post

Austria lifts ban on adoption by same-sex couples
Date: 15 January 2015
Source: Global Times

Thailand to recognise third gender in new constitution
Date: 15 January 2015
Source: Huffington Post

Shared action agenda to improve sexual health of people in Pacific region
Date: 15 January 2015
Source: Scoop

Publication: Advocacy for financing post-2015 reproductive and sexual health
Date: 15 January 2015
Source: High-Level Task Force for ICPD

Improved school attendance may be reducing HIV infections in teenage girls, Uganda
Date: 14 January 2015
Source: AIDSMap News

India leaves generic options open, rejects Gilead's Hepatitis C offer
Date: 14 January 2015
Source: Reuters

Communities publicly abandon FGM and child marriage, Senegal
Date: 13 January 2015
Source: AWID

HIV and Depo-Provera more complex than headlines suggest
Date: 12 January 2015
Source: RH Reality Check

Schoolgirls targeted to donate eggs on illegal market, China
Date: 11 January 2015
Source: South China Morning Post

Philippines government earmarks funds for reproductive health implementation
Date: 11 January 2015
Source: Philippines Star


Study shows child marriage linked to violence, Pakistan
Date: 8 January 2015
Source: Tribune

Video game will show the risks to women of sex work legislation, Canada
Date: 8 January 2015
Source: Reason.com

Vietnam abolishes same-sex marriage ban

Date: 8 January 2015

Source: Bangkok Post

Call for proposals: Taking ICPD beyond 2014
Date: 8 January 2015
Source: IPPF

El Salvador Council uses poverty as argument for keeping women accused of abortion in prison
Date: 7 January 2015
Source: RH Reality Check


New LGBT magazine launched, Uganda
Date: 7 January 2015
Source: Voice of America

Seven contraceptive trends for 2015
Date: 7 January 2015
Source: Devex

Increase in midwives lowering maternal mortality, Afghanistan

Date: 5 January 2015

Source: UNFPA

Bill supporting womenÂ’s property and sexuality rights filed in House of Representatives
Date: 5 January 2015
Source: Philippines Star

More than half of US women live in states that hostile or extremely hostile to abortion
Date: 5 January 2015
Source: Guttmacher Institute

Law to effectively ban abortion after three weeks maybe be debated, Kansas, US
Date: 5 January 2015
Source: RH Reality Check

Programme to strengthen reproductive rights through parliaments, Southern Africa
Date: 5 January 2015
Source: AllAfrica

New US guidelines for HIV positive prevention emphasise care and support
Date: 5 January 2015
Source: AIDSMap

35% university students may be HIV positive, Uganda
Date: 5 January 2015
Source: New Vision

New mass media campaign on safe abortion, India
Date: 4 January 2015
Source: IPAS

Warning sounded over commercial ultrasound in pregnancy
Date: 3 January 2015
Source: Lancet


Addressing sex worker rights central to HIV response, especially in Africa
Date: 1 January 2015
Source: Lancet


december 2014

Irish court rules that clinically-dead pregnant woman allowed to die
Date: 26 December 2014
Source: Guardian

Mozambique decriminalises abortion
Date: 19 December 2014
Source: Mail & Guardian

Carving a space: Reflections on MenEngage Symposium
Date: 19 December 2014
Source: AWID

CDC publishes evidence of condom effectiveness for anal sex
Date: 19 December 2014
Source: AIDSMap

Report on sexual and reproductive health and rights, Euro NGOs
Date: 18 December 2014
Source: EuroNGOs

Move to decriminalise abortion in some contexts, Dominican Republic
Date: 17 December 2014
Source: Latin Correspondent

Conflating contraception with abortion, anti-abortion campaign strategy, US
Date: 15 December 2014
Source: Guttmacher Institute


UNFPA criticises exclusion of sexual and reproductive rights, equity and inclusion in MDG agenda
Date: 13 December 2014
Source: Lancet

Universal Health Coverage day: Call for health coverage for stigmatised populations
Date: 12 December 2014
Source: Health Policy Project

Conflict in Syria and Iraq plays out on women's bodies
Date: 12 December 2014
Source: AWID

New WHO guidance for prevention and control of cervical cancer
Date: 12 December 2014
Source: World Health Organization

Guidance on critical maternal and child health care in context of Ebola
Date: 12 December 2014
Source: World Health Organization

Breast cancer drug, tamoxifen, has long-term preventive effects
Date: 11 December 2014
Source: Guardian

Typhoon exposes need for maternal health care, Philippines
Date: 11 December 2014
Source: Gulf News

The future of contraception: educational infographic

Date: 10 December 2014
Source: Lloyds Pharmacy


Europe study suggests HIV has become more virulent over time, not less
Date: 10 December 2014
Source: AIDSMap News

HIV funding falls with drop in philanthropic funding
Date: 9 December 2014
Source: AIDSMap News

Best way to treat HIV is to provide a living wage, US
Date: 7 December 2014
Source: New Republic

Court ruling orders birth certificate for intersex child, Kenya
Date: 6 December 2014
Source: CNBC Africa

Nepalese worker first woman to be jailed in Malaysia for undergoing abortion
Date: 5 December 2014
Source: Malaysian Insider

European HIV response falling behind as epidemic grows in Eastern Europe
Date: 5 December 2014
Source: AIDSMap News

UK plan to require professionals to report FGM
Date: 5 December 2014
Source: Guardian

Male Ebola advisers asked to abstain from sex for three months, Liberia
Date: 5 November 2014
Source: IRIN News

Ebola fears bring FGM to near halt, Sierra Leone
Date: 4 December 2014
Source: Al Jazeera

New report highlights staggering lack of basic sexual and reproductive health services
Date: 4 December 2014
Source: Guttmacher Institute

Gender-based violence costs around 1% of GDP each year, South Africa
Date: 3 December 2014
Source: Sonke Gender Justice

Infection, not just fake medicine, behind India sterilisation deaths
Date: 2 December 2014
Source: Times of India

World Health Organization calls for end to 'virginity testing'
Date: 2 December 2014
Source: Human Rights Watch

Call for increased HIV funding for middle-income countries
Date: 1 December 2014
Source: StopAIDS

World AIDS Day: Call for near-universal diagnosis and treatment
Date: 1 December 2014
Source: AIDSMap News

More than 100 women prosecuted for false rape claims, UK
Date: 1 December 2014
Source: Guardian

Innovative ways to expand medical male circumcision
Date: 1 December 2014
Source: International Innovation for Impact Evaluation

november 2014

Congolese anti-GBV activist, Dr Dennis Mukegwe, wins EU prize for freedom of thought
Date: 27 November 2014
Source: The Honeyball Buzz

Early marriage figures show global bias against women
Date: 27 November 2014
Source: Guardian

Acquittals in first female genital mutiliation highlight need for clear justice action, Egypt
Date: 27 November 2014
Source: Human Rights Watch

African Union launches new health stats database for maternal health
Date: 26 November 2014
Source: Partnership on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

China drafts first national domestic violence law
Date: 26 November 2014
Source: BBC

HPV vaccination recommended for gay men, UK
Date: 26 November 2014
Source: AIDSMap News

16 Days of Activism: Share your stories
Date: 26 November 2014
Source: Guardian

Lessons from India's sterilisation camps
Date: 25 November 2014
Source: Indian Express

European Parliament adopts strong report on post-2015 development agenda
Date: 25 November 2014
Source: ASTRA

16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence starts today
Date: 25 November 2014
Source: Sonke Gender Justice

Abortion prohibition constitutes violence against women
Date: 25 November 2014
Source: FIDH

'Peak youth' - seizing the moment when there are more youths on the planet than ever before
Date: 25 November 2014
Source: IRIN News

Murder of women seeking divorces, Turkey
Date: 24 November 2014
Source: Clarion Project

Reporting on sexual assault: 16 Tips for #16 Days
Date: 24 November 2014
Source: Witness

Turkish president claims women not equal to men
Date: 24 November 2014
Source: Guardian

Call on Asia Pacific governments to respect girls' and women's sexual rights
Date: 22 November 2014
Source: Unzip the Lips

UN passes historic resolution on child marriage
Date: 21 November 2014
Source: Parnership on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

Transgender Day of Remembrance, Uganda
Date: 20 November 2014
Source: AWID

Adolescents lack essential reproductive health information and services, Zimbabwe
Date: 19 November 2014
Source: Guttmacher Institute

State of the World's Population Report 2014 launched
Date: 19 November 2014
Source: UNFPA

Feast and famine - nutrition trends
Date: 17 November 2014
Source: IRIN News

Brief: Reducing prematurity - the need for reproductive and sexual health
Date: 17 November 2014
Source: European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development

Access to emergency contraception in Europe - new factsheet
Date: 15 November 2014
Source: European Consortium for Emergency Contraception

Complaint filed on behalf of sexual violence victimes, occupied northern Mali
Date: 14 November 2014
Source: International Federation for Human Rights

Decree to implement law on violence against women set back to women's rights
Date: 14 November 2014
Source: AWID

State of access to emergency contraception, EU
Date: 13 November 2014
Source: European Consortium for Emergency Contraception

HIV vaccine could show even further positive results
Date: 13 November 2014
Source: AIDSMap

New study finds LGBT inclusion improves economic performance
Date: 11 November 2014
Source: Williams Institute

Forced virginity tests and transgender arrests, Egypt
Date: 11 November 2014
Source: Paper Bird

Abortion debate raised, Indonesia
Date: 7 November 2014
Source: Boston Review

State obligations to tackle harmful practices against women and girls outlined, CEDAW
Date: 5 November 2014
Source: United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Child rape case opens therapeutic abortion debate, Chile
Date: 5 November 2014
Source: 24 Horas Chile

UK parliamentary debate on sex-selective abortion
Date: 4 November 2014
Source: The Telegraph