As Sierra Leone was in the throes of the 2014 Ebola crisis, there was an alarming uptick in adolescent pregnancies.   The number of 15-19-year-old girls who were pregnant or already mothers more than doubled from 30% to 65%. Myriad factors contributed: Quarantined Ebola…

In a fresh push to end FGM by 2030, WHO launched a new tool today that calculates the cost of the practice, marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, UN News reports.  

A once-promising HIV vaccine candidate is dead in the water after a major human trial showed it worked no better than the placebo, Bhekisisa reports.  

Getting fathers to take parental leave takes more than policy—culture plays a major role. And like policy, it varies widely between countries.     In some Nordic countries and Portugal, uptake of male parental leave is as high as 40%. In Australia, it’s under 2%. US laws…

South Korean YouTubers have divided the country by vowing to reject sex, babies, and marriage.   Their SOLOdarity movement may sound extreme, but it reflects a growing trend of South Korean women rejecting the trappings of traditional family life. It’s bad timing for a…

South Korean YouTubers have divided the country by vowing to reject sex, babies, and marriage.   Their SOLOdarity movement may sound extreme, but it reflects a growing trend of South Korean women rejecting the trappings of traditional family life. It’s bad timing for a…

In West Africa, some women swear by a “vaginal tobacco” concoction sold on the sly, saying it shrinks their genitals and increases sexual pleasure and even fertility.   But health workers and researchers are keen for them to stop, associating the practice with dire…

In the push to advance universal health coverage, certain governments have advocated for watered-down language surrounding sexual and reproductive health rights to dilute international declarations. But UHC cannot be comprehensive without strong language defining sexual and…

Brazil is poised to slash sex ed funding as STIs soar under conservative President Jair Bolsonaro. A national law isn’t on the books yet, but local jurisdictions are already limiting sex ed. Supporters of the legislation tout widely discredited arguments that sex ed leads…

75% of Ethiopian women and girls can’t access menstruation supplies.    When Freweini Mebrahtu moved to the US, she noted an “overwhelming” bounty of disposable supplies. So, she designed a cheaper, reusable pad that has helped nearly 800,000 girls and women.    “The whole…