In Benin’s commercial capital Cotonou, scores of young Nigerian girls wait to be sent to their new husbands, their families paid small dowries in exchange for their daughters. “But nobody knows the real intentions of the men who ‘commissioned’ these girls. Or if they exist…

Female genital schistosomiasisis is a neglected—but not uncommon—disease. The painful parasitic condition affects up to 10 million women and girls in Africa.   It’s also a cofactor for HIV/AIDS—responsible for up to a 3-4-fold increase in horizontal HIV transmission,…

As roses are handed out liberally today to mark International Women’s Day, the internet is also aflood with stories of women who know their work is far from finished. Among them: Ethiopian president Sahle-Work Zewde.

1 in 3 married Palestinian women are exposed to some form of gender-based violence—yet most women who seek physical treatment aren’t referred on for further care.   Hoping to change that, Palestinian epidemiologist Amira Shaheen is researching the Palestinian health care…

On Friday, the Trump administration announced a plan to strip federal funding from organizations like Planned Parenthood that offer abortion referrals.   Under the new rule, clinics will not be required to counsel women on all their reproductive options—including abortion—…

Rape is a national emergency in Sierra Leone, President Julius Maada Bio declared last week; he outlined ambitious plans to stem the crisis.   Bio declared sex with a minor punishable by life imprisonment, ordered free health care for rape victims, created a special police…

A century ago in the US, it was illegal to provide information about contraception. But Where Are My Children?—a 1916 silent film directed by Lois Weber “paved the way for American cinema to openly discuss birth control,” writes Rebecca Kaplan.  

Global birth rates have been falling since the 1980s. So why, in some African countries, did they creep up 20 years later? Perhaps because of 1980s austerity, say researchers from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

The “crusade against sex education” in Brazil’s far-right government is undermining progress in sexual and reproductive health, reports Fabiana Frayssinet.   President Jair Bolsonaro’s campaign was bolstered by the rise of conservative fundamentalism in Brazil. The country’…

When doctors tied her limbs and scraped the lining of her uterus without anesthesia after her miscarriage, it was “the 30 most horrible minutes of my life,” Croatian MP Ivana Nincevic-Lesandric told her colleagues in a male-dominated parliament last October.