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An Early Grave For Child Brides Violence

An Early Grave For Child Brides

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Acts of self-immolation have been used as a tool for political protests around the world. In Saigon, a Buddhist monk set himself on fire to protest his government’s intolerance of Buddhism.  In Tunisia, a young man also used self-immolation in protest which jump started the 2010-2011 revolution in this region. What would drive a 10 year old girl to set herself on fire in Afghanistan?

First Annual Anti- Street Harrasment Day

First Annual Anti- Street Harrasment Day

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Street Harassment is at least a daily ocurrence for 80-99% of women and young girls. It seems that a female cannot walk half a mile in any city without receiving some type of cat call, honk, whistle, or unwelcome approach from a stranger. Street harassment is not about sex, it is about power and it serves as a daily reminder that as a woman, you are far more likely to be subject to any range of violent acts. March 20, 2011 marked the first annual Anti-Street Harassment Day and hopefully marks a decrease in this type of behavior.

Are We Still Left in Stitches?

Are We Still Left in Stitches?

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In the fall of 2010, an adult film star reportedly shut herself in a hotel restroom while Sheen reportedly went berserk on a violent tear. The film star actually filed a report, but no arrest followed.  Most recently, just a few weeks ago, Sheen threatened to decapitate his ex-wife, Brooke Mueller, and mail her head to her mother. Should we be surprised that the past 20 years of Sheen’s blatant violence against women has not scathed his career?  His twitter feed has reached Guinness World Records proportions, with over one million followers in the short period of a few days following the opening of his account. 

Boobs at Work

Boobs at Work

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Where do you store your lunch? The refrigerator is the hot spot at my office around lunchtime. However, an infant being breastfeed doesn't store their lunch in the fridge. Their mother produces the meal. Ensuring that the meal is able to get to the infant, we need to support breastfeeding in the work place.

All Kinds of Shenanigans

All Kinds of Shenanigans

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This past month has shaken comprehensive women’s health to its core and the fight is not over. On the state level, there is a virtual slaughterhouse lined up for women’s healthcare. It will come as no shock to those who follow these issues that there is an inordinate focus on abortion. These zealots continue to pretend that abortion isn’t one of the most common medical procedures for women in childbearing years. Virginia has gone too far. This past week, the General Assembly passed legislation requiring all offices, clinics and centers that perform first-trimester abortions to be regulated as hospitals instead of as doctors' offices. This absurd and devastating new policy could be restrictive enough to force as many as 17 of the state's 21 abortion clinics out of business. 


 

Maternal Mortality in Uttar-Pradesh, India

Maternal Mortality in Uttar-Pradesh, India

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India has seen a fall in maternal mortality rate (MMR) by 59 percent between 1990 and 2008, but the huge rural urban divide in these rates are overlooked making it home to the highest number of women dying during childbirth across the world. One such state is Uttar-Pradesh, a highly populous state with more than170 million people which continues to have highest reported maternal mortality ratio at 440 per 100, 000 live births and which still remains above the national average. Even within a state, the access to and utilization of maternal health care varies based on region rural or urban, caste, religion, income, and education. Research has identified four important reasons for the continuing high maternal mortality rate in Uttar Pradesh: barriers to emergency care, poor referral practices, gaps in continuity of care, and improper demands for payment as a condition for delivery of healthcare services.

Egypt’s Female Voices

Egypt’s Female Voices

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For the past few weeks I have been captivated by the images of retaliation and revolution in Egypt.  Interestingly, however, I found myself not only interested in the stories being reported but with the reporters themselves.  Two female reporters in particular made a strong impact on me, Shahira Amin and Christiane Amanpour.  While they made themselves known to the public over the past few weeks for different reasons, they are both wonderful examples for Egyptian women in particular but also for women around the world.  For such prominent women to make publicly bold statements for everyone to see is a display of female power in Egypt that I hope the revolution continues to encourage.     

The Missing Link in D.C.’s Teen Pregnancy Rate: Poverty

The Missing Link in D.C.’s Teen Pregnancy Rate: Poverty

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Nationally teen pregnancy rates have fallen and hit a new low in 2009.  In contrast, Washington, D.C. teen pregnancy rates have continued to climb.  In D.C., The Department of Health reports from 2005-2008, teen pregnancy rose from 852 to 1,082 pregnancies.  Furthermore, teen pregnancy in Wards 7 and 8 account for over half of these pregnancies.  Babies born to teen mothers in D.C. are more than likely to receive a form of public assistance.  Of the families that receive the public assistance (DC Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), nearly 50% are teens.  DC cannot continue to allow isolation of communities such as Wards 7 and 8 to determine the destiny of many teens and their families.  Teen mothers especially in these communities are ill equipped to provide an environment for raising babies.  DC must break the cycle of teen pregnancy and stop the generational dependence on public assistance.

What Would Rosie the Riveter Do?

What Would Rosie the Riveter Do?

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When discussing female leadership and the military its easy to pin point the reason for the lack of leadership roles for women while serving in the military. Female roles in combat have been dictated by the restrictions that government places on what they can and cannot do while serving their country; for instance females have long been banned from direct ground combat

Female “Rejuvenation”

Female “Rejuvenation”

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Across the globe, there are millions of women at risk every year for female genital mutilation also called female genital cutting, female circumcision, or, in the United States, a hymenoplasty, labiaplasty, or “vaginal rejuvenation”. 

And She Lost Her Dignity…

And She Lost Her Dignity…

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Nigeria has the highest obstetric fistula prevalence rates in Africa and an estimated 400, 000 to 800, 000 women suffer from fistula in Nigeria. It is common in countries with high maternal mortality rate like Nigeria; where lifetime risk of a woman dying during childbirth is 1 in 18.

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