Maternal Mortality in the US: The Numbers May Surprise You

Maternal Mortality in the US: The Numbers May Surprise You

When we talk about sky-high maternal mortality rates we tend to look more closely at low-income countries like Afghanistan, Chad and Somalia that have the world’s highest maternal mortality rates in the world according to the World Bank. And, of course, sub-Saharan African countries need to desperately bring their numbers down. But when you look […]

Rwanda Leads the World in Women Lawmakers

Rwanda Leads the World in Women Lawmakers

By Elaine Tucci Elaine Tucci is the Co-Founder and CEO of Women Lead to Change http://www.womenleadtochange.org As the world learns more about the promise of women to bring peace, prosperity and economic well-being to nations, Rwanda has become a poster child of this promise. Thriving after one of the most brutal genocides in history, today […]

10 Facts About Female Genital Mutilation You May Not Have Known #EndFGM

10 Facts About Female Genital Mutilation You May Not Have Known #EndFGM

Today marks the UN’s International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. It is vitally important that we raise our collective voices today and frequently throughout the year to help stop the violence against young girls who are literally mutilated in the name of culture and custom when they have to endure a lifetime […]

Photographer Launches New Site for Maternal Health + Monday Reads

Photographer Launches New Site for Maternal Health + Monday Reads

Last week I wrote a piece for Impatient Optimists, Documentary Captures the Lives of Midwives in Southern Ethiopia, in which I shared the work of Italian  photographer Paolo Patruno. Patruno works with NGOs to document births across sub-Saharan Africa in order to highlight the current state of maternal health on the continent. Thus far he […]

Upcoming Conference: Women Advancement Forum (Banjul, Gambia)

Upcoming Conference: Women Advancement Forum (Banjul, Gambia)

Over the next few months we will be helping to promote one of the largest women’s conferences in Africa – the Women Advancement Forum. The forum will be held May 24 – 29, 2014 in Banjul, Gambia at the Sheraton Hotel. The Women Advancement Forum (WAF) is Africa’s most attended global gender conference. WAF is […]

The Importance of Clean Cookstoves – A Personal Experience

When I was in Tanzania in October I went into a traditional Massai hut where a mother was inside making beans in a kettle over a red hot fire. The fire was ridiculously hot and I couldn’t believe how the woman and her family could endure the heat and smoke from cooking. While I was […]

Gender-Based Violence is Grossly Under-reported According to New Report

Gender-Based Violence is Grossly Under-reported According to New Report

A new report, funded in part by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health, found that gender-based violence in the developing world is being under-reported by 11 – to 128 fold. The data that was used to make these findings were from health systems and […]

Becoming a Part of 2014′s One Billion Rising

Becoming a Part of 2014′s One Billion Rising

One in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. Let’s take that in for a moment. It’s such a silent epidemic. I know. I have seen women’s eyes in the countries I visit and even here at home. They can’t hide it. According to OneBillionRising.org, that number comes to one billion women worldwide. […]

16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence #16Days

16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence #16Days

Through December 10 USAID is spearheading a global call to action over the course of 16 days to speak out against gender-based violence. You may not know that 1 in 3 women and girls will be abused, beaten or coerced into sex? Or, that abuse of women reaches as high as 70 percent in some […]

Reporting from Zambia with the International Reporting Project

Reporting from Zambia with the International Reporting Project

As I mentioned a few weeks ago I will be reporting from Zambia as an International Reporting Project Zambia Fellow starting on July 15. I will be in Africa with nine stellar new media journalists. We all have our own beats and will report on different angles about HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. I personally will […]

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