It did not take long after the 74th General Assembly session opened this fall for the Trump team to signal that its strategy in key United Nations meetings would be to act as uncooperative and obstructive as possible, especially on human-rights agendas. The 2019-2020 UN year — September to September — is likely to be remembered … Read more Mixing Politics and Religion, the US Stalls UN Work on Women’s Rights
NAIROBI, Kenya — More than 6,000 delegates in the population development sector are gathering in the Kenyan capital here this week to renew the promise made to girls and women 25 years ago in Cairo. In firm voices, young girls from African countries called on delegates to ensure that young people have access to sexual … Read more At the Nairobi Summit, Spotlighting the Reproductive Rights of Women and Girls
For more than a quarter-century, beginning in the late 1970s, the number of children born to a woman in Egypt had been declining, on average, to about 3.0, in line with declining fertility rate trends in much of North Africa. Then, in the last six or seven years, the rate in Egypt, the Arab world’s … Read more Egypt’s Fertility Rate Turns Upward, but Why?
The Human Rights Council passed its fifth resolution on preventable maternal deaths and pregnancy complications recently, reaffirming the steadfast commitment of the United Nations toward eliminating preventable maternal deaths. Led by Burkina Faso, Colombia and New Zealand, the resolution was passed unanimously by the council in Geneva. The resolution urges countries to adopt human rights … Read more To Stop Maternal Deaths, Nations Must Provide Women Quality Health Care
Earlier this year France was the latest to join a handful of progressive countries to expand access to reproductive health services — with its National Assembly amending the country’s laws to affirm a woman’s right to an abortion through the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and criminalize attempts to obstruct this right. What is refreshing … Read more Women Must Have Control Over Their Own Bodies