Reproductive Rights/Women’s Rights

Removing Barriers to Reproductive Health

Oct 5th, 2016 | By
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By Suzanne York. Recent legislation in California is empowering women to make the best choices for themselves and their families, in terms of reproductive health. Though it seems as if our nation should have passed legislation easing access to reproductive health years ago, it’s nevertheless a positive path forward. As the saying goes, “better late
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States are Stepping Up for Women’s Rights

Jun 20th, 2016 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.transition-earth.org. Lately it seems that most of the news on women’s reproductive rights is focused on the shutting down of access to reproductive health/family planning services. But there are actually some good policies on women’s reproductive health that have been passed this year at the state level. In May, the state of Maryland
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Forward Movement on Women’s Rights

Feb 23rd, 2016 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.transition-earth.org. In some ways the following are two very different stories, but ultimately in the end both end up advancing women’s rights when it comes to family planning and reproductive health. Let’s first take a look at India – soon to be the world’s most populous country.  For decades it has been relying
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Celebrate Mother’s Day by Empowering All Women

May 10th, 2015 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org. Mother’s Day is a good time to reflect on the status of women.  Though we honor mothers, women face many hurdles and much inequality today that make one question how much we as a global society respect women, whether they are moms or not. Empowering women and improving the state of
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U.S. Support for Women’s Empowerment: The Work of USAID

Mar 8th, 2015 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org. If you’re an American, you might be pleased to hear how your taxpayer dollars are being used at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), especially in support of women.  On this International Women’s Day, here is a brief look at what our international aid agency is doing. Gender and Empowerment
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What Makes a Choice? (Part 2)

Feb 9th, 2015 | By
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By Kimberly Absher, guest youth blogger, www.howmany.org. In many parts of South Africa, condoms are free and widely available, and local clinics offer free birth control, HIV tests and treatment. Brochures and signs can be seen throughout the country encouraging safe sex. Despite these public health efforts, survey after survey indicates high numbers of unprotected sex,
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What Makes a Choice? (Part I)

Jan 21st, 2015 | By
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By Kimberly Absher, guest youth blogger, www.howmany.org. Promoting women’s health is my passion. My first exposure occurred in a community college class probably not titled Feminism 101, but it could have been. It blew my mind. I started volunteering at a YWCA day shelter for homeless and low-income women, set in an affluent corporate suburb
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Correcting a Past Mistake for the Sake of Women

Jan 5th, 2015 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Jesse Helms would undoubtedly turn over in his proverbial grave if he heard the New York Times advocating for changing the Helms Amendment to improve the lives of women in developing countries if it involves abortion. The Helms Amendment, first enacted in 1973, states that, “No foreign assistance funds may be
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Turning Pain Into Power: Congo’s City of Joy

Nov 13th, 2014 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org There is an African proverb that says “if you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.” Last month, at the Bioneers conference, Eve Ensler (yes, that Eve Ensler of Vagina Monologues fame), gave a stirring and emotional talk about her work with women in
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Ending the Pattern of Pervasive Violence Against Women

Sep 9th, 2014 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org They are sent to protect citizens in horrific conflict and refugee conditions in countries in turmoil.  Women in these situations are incredibly vulnerable. Yet sadly, Human Rights Watch  has found that African Union (AU) peacekeepers in Somalia rape women seeking medicine on their bases and routinely pay teenage girls for sex.
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