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 […]

Pregnant Nicaraguan Girls Forced to Become Mothers

Pregnant Nicaraguan Girls Forced to Become Mothers

José Adán Silva – IPS – Monday, 27 August 2012 (originally published 22 Aug) MANAGUA, Aug 22 2012 (IPS) – Carla lost everything when she got pregnant at the age of 13: her first year of secondary school, her family, her boyfriend, and her happiness. She spent a year panhandling on the streets of the […]

Helping Women and Girls in Rwanda

Helping Women and Girls in Rwanda

Valens Ntamushobora – Huffington Post – Tuesday, 22 May 2012 (originally published 14 May) I hate it when I see young women and girls suffering from poverty, violence and HIV/AIDS. Most of us do. It is a terrible feeling, and it gets worse when you believe you can’t do anything about it. You and I […]

The Best Countries for Non-Mothers

The Best Countries for Non-Mothers

NANCY FOLBRE – New York Times – Monday, 24 October 2011 (originally published (26 Sept) It’s so great to live in a country where women are allowed to drive! It would be so much fun to visit Iceland, where the prime minister is a woman who is cleaning up the financial mess! The recently released […]

How SA fails its poor mothers

How SA fails its poor mothers

MIA MALAN – IPS – 18 August, 2011 (originally published 14 Aug) The birth pangs arrived without much warning at all. They cut through her, forcing her to double up, melting the icy chill of early morning with hot pain. The searing cramps were announcing the impending arrival of 22-year-old Noyise Mtshonisi’s first child. The young […]

Ecuador birth-control education gives mixed messages

Ecuador birth-control education gives mixed messages

Tania Ghosh – WNN Breaking   Researchers have criticised the attitude of health service providers in Ecuador, saying their judgmental approach is compromising adolescent girls’ rights to sexual healthcare. In 2007 the Ecuadorian government introduced a National Plan for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention. However, a study carried out by researchers at Umeå University in Sweden, suggests […]