Venezuela’s women suffer inordinate horrors as conditions further deteriorate in the country. NGOs report a 50% increase in female homicides in the last year. In Colombia—the closest remaining refuge for fleeing migrants—Venezuelan women are often exploited for sex work. 27…

In the US and Canada, pro-sterilization policies aimed at controlling indigenous populations are widely regarded as a shameful relic of colonization and 20th century eugenics.   In the 1960s and 1970s, thousands of indigenous women underwent the procedure—shrinking families…

In Afghanistan, where women’s sexuality falls under legal jurisdiction, “invasive and scientifically dubious” virginity tests are common for women under suspicion.   Some doctors exchange bribes for favorable results. Others repair the hymen of women who have been raped to…

Planned Parenthood opted out of federal funding yesterday rather than comply with Trump administration rules that would bar them from making abortion referrals, The New York Times reports.  

Women everywhere can face obstacles to breastfeeding. In conflict zones, it can be near impossible.   Many young mothers have lost their mothers and grandmothers, losing critical sources of knowledge. Stress factors in, too. “When you are living in a stressful environment,…

Alabama is among 9 states to recently pass super-restrictive abortion laws. While for now abortions are still legal before 20 weeks, they aren’t easy to come by and face relentless, sometimes violent opposition. Clinics offering abortions in the South and the Midwest fell…

Planned Parenthood ousted president Leana Wen yesterday after just 8 months on the job amid clashes relating to her management style and the direction of the organization.   The move comes as America’s largest reproductive rights group stands to lose $60 million a year in…

A new AI gaming genre simulates the harrowing choice of whether to have an abortion—and the myriad obstacles that can stand in the way.   One game—Trapped—recreates a “Kafkaesque series of rules” that can come with pursuing an abortion. Another game, Choice: Texas,…

The US aid ban on groups that offer abortion services overseas has led to 40% higher abortion rates in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the largest empirical study of the Mexico City policy, published in the Lancet.  

Africa’s first summit aimed at ending female genital mutilation and child marriage in Dakar, Senegal this week brought calls to step up law enforcement and gain support from religious leaders.