Afghanistan

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Birthing in Afghanistan: State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 report

Last week, I wrote a post suggesting that the lives of mothers and babies in Afghanistan are showing signs of improvement. That was prior to the launch of the second State of the World’s Midwifery (SoWMy) report at the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) 30th

Birthing in Afghanistan: Glimmers of hope

When I visited Gulpari,* I found her sitting in the corner of a room. Given the hot summer weather outside, the room was surprisingly dark and damp. On the other side of the room, her 18-month old daughter lies asleep on the floor, covered with

Afghanistan: The Legal System that Condones Violence Against Women?

Violent and sexual crimes against women and girls are often neglected or seen as custom, tradition, and the social norm, permitting them to continue although laws state otherwise. Impunity and the lack of law enforcement and efficient justice systems allows violence against women to rage

Beyond the Classroom: It takes more than books to keep girls in school

Girls are going to school.  All over the world the rate of girls attending school has increased.  Between 1999 and 2004, the number of out-of-school girls fell by 24% and there are new organizations every year dedicated to lowering this percentage and keeping girls in school.

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/04/recent_scenes_from_afghanistan.html (REUTERS/Ahmad Masood)

Know Your Enemy

In the continuous struggle against gender based oppression, the media likes to present a black and white version of a story. It is far simpler, not to mention more comforting, when we can label good and evil and pit set heroes against set villains. Yet reality is

Fawzia Koofi: Leading Afghanistan into a New Era

In third grade, my teacher taught our class a song where the lyrics stated all the U.S. Presidents in order, from George Washington to Bill Clinton. To this day, I still know (and occasionally sing) the song, with every election adding the newest incoming male

Should surviving childbirth be a lottery?

Every 90 seconds a woman dies in pregnancy or childbirth. This is almost 1,000 women every day. But did you know that most of the causes of death during pregnancy and childbirth are preventable, if there only was an equal access to skilled and emergency

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