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Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff recently signed into law a bill that provides strict penalties against female homicide or femicide.
Memory Banda parliament
The oldest of six siblings, 18-year-old Memory Banda has managed to escape the cycle that turns half the girls in her southern African nation into brides, and usually mothers, by her age. But her sister Mercy was not so lucky.
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Into the 1990s, Malawi banned not only birth control, but sex education and even miniskirts. Now, attitudes toward contraception are changing under the pressure of climate change and rapid population growth.
Iranian Women
Two proposed pieces of legislation in Iran could turn the country's women into "baby-making machines" and set the country back decades in gender equality, according to a new report from Amnesty International.
Priest Melak Birhan Ewenetu Yetemegne
In Ethiopia, there are deeply embedded traditions dictating that girls marry very young. But there is an effort underway in some of Ethiopia’s rural regions to end child marriage. These efforts, surprisingly, are led by Ethiopian Orthodox priests.
CycleBeads are among the apps offering to help with "user-directed birth control."
You might have thought of the "rhythm method" of family planning as discredited and low-tech. Not anymore. Fertility awareness mobile apps are reinventing the rhythm approach by adding precision and detail to calendar-based efforts to monitor a woman's hormonal cycle.
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Both women and men go to this health clinic, where both hear about IUDs and other methods of family planning in a nation with a large number of unintended pregnancies.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (C) poses with female delegates at the annual session of the National People's Congress (NPC) on International Women's Day in Beijing on March 8, 2015.
Activists in China had planned to call attention to domestic violence ahead of International Women’s Day this past Sunday, but China's state security stepped in to detain at least 10 activists in three different Chinese cities.
Women hold up signs during an International Women's Day rally in Lahore, March 8, 2015. Reuters/Mohsin Raza
Twenty years ago, at a landmark global women’s rights conference in Beijing, it looked like equality was in reach for the women of the world. But things haven’t gone as easily as hoped since then. Today, there’s still no country in the world where women are equal to men.
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The Catholic Church urges ‘natural family planning’ and says it has 98 percent effectiveness. A medical expert says it is closer to 80 percent — and that is in societies where a woman is able to say no to a partner's demands for sex.

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