Young mothers living in poverty, toxic stress and violence

Young mothers living in poverty, toxic stress and violence

IRIN – WNN Science and Health (IRIN) New York, NORTH AMERICA: Scientific advances in human biology may soon have a profound bearing on the policies that governments and organizations adopt towards young mothers, caregivers and babies in poor and stressed communities.  There is an emerging body of scientific evidence to show that the environment in […]

Malaysia Transgender Women Court Battle

Malaysia Transgender Women Court Battle

WNN Justice (WNN/HRW) Bangkok, THAILAND, SOUTHEASTERN ASIA:  Transgender women in Malaysia have filed a groundbreaking court case challenging a law that prohibits them from expressing their gender identity, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 22, 2014, the Putrajaya Court of Appeal is expected to hear a challenge to the constitutionality of the laws. Three […]

Ethiopia is Saving Mothers and Children

Ethiopia is Saving Mothers and Children

Katy Migiro for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Science & Health (WNN/TRF) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA:  Pregnancy-related deaths in Ethiopia have fallen by nearly two-thirds, making it the African country that has most successfully lowered its maternal mortality rate thanks to its lifesaving investment in female health workers and girls’ education, Save the Children said […]

Tanzania: Women’s HIV Infections Still On High Side

Tanzania: Women’s HIV Infections Still On High Side

Jaffar Mjasiri –Tanzania Daily News – Monday, 08 July 2013 (originally published 27 Jun) WOMEN are most affected by HIV in the country according to a recent report by Tanzania HIV and Malaria Indicator Survey (THIMS) 2012. The THIMS report says women were leading with a 6.2 per cent and followed by men with 3.8 […]

We Are [US] Women, Hear Us Roar

We Are [US] Women, Hear Us Roar

Trish Vradenburg – Huffington Post – Thursday, 27 June 2013 (originally published 24 Jun) Okay, so here is the Alzheimer’s disease reality: Women are twice as likely as men to have Alzheimer’s. Women are also twice as likely as men to be caretakers of Alzheimer’s victims. Have I gotten your attention yet? We of the […]

Hail the [Maasai land] woman of courage

Hail the [Maasai land] woman of courage

Edward Qorro – Citizen – Tuesday, 23 April 2013 (originally published 14 Apr) When a group of Maasai women donned in their traditional gear streamed into the US embassy conference hall, I thought they were about to unleash a performance. Little did I know that they were here, in full swing, to congratulate one of […]

Can greater global funding decrease gender violence & HIV/AIDS?

Can greater global funding decrease gender violence & HIV/AIDS?

Alice Wellborn – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/OD) London, UNITED KINGDOM: I have emerged from three inspiring days volunteering at a workshop discussing how to advance gender equity and human rights to reduce gender-based violence in the context of HIV. Yet the question still uppermost in all our minds is “but where is the funding to do this?” […]

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