"Smockey" is a male rapper from Burkina Faso, and he's dealing out some serious lyrics about the all-too-common practice of female genital mutilation. His latest song, "Tomber la Lame," or "Drop the Blade," is a plea for his fellow countrymen to stop FGM.
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Purvi Patel is the second pregnant woman in Indiana to be charged under the state's law against "feticide," a law originally passed to protect pregnant women from harm. Patel was sentenced Monday to face up to 20 years in prison, in a case has alarmed advocates for women and immigrants.
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Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff recently signed into law a bill that provides strict penalties against female homicide or femicide.
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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.
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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.
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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.