Across the Middle East and North Africa, women languish in jail for zina crimes, an Islamic legal tradition often interpreted as a criminalization of extramarital sex, writes Ana P. Santos.In migrant worker hubs like Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), zina detainees…

Around the world, from Asia to Africa, tens of millions of women have gained access to contraception in the past 5 years, making it possible for them to avoid unsafe abortions, unintended pregnancies and maternal deaths. This progress, reported last month by Family Planning…

Getting religious leaders on board is key to expanding family planning in Senegal, where the population is over 90% Muslim.For the family planning NGO Marie Stopes International Senegal, imams are the first port of call.

Mothers living near fracking sites are more likely to give birth to unhealthy babies.

Dozens of Rohingya Muslim women and girls detailed horrific “sweeping and methodical” rape at the hands of Burma’s security forces.Aung San Suu Kyi’s government denies accounts of rape; an internal military investigation last month concluded such assaults never took place.

Cesarean section is a crucial, life-saving alternative to natural childbirth—but too often it is becoming the default choice, write Laxmi Tamang and colleagues. In Nepal it is “alarmingly escalating.”

The glaring maternal health gap between black and white women is systemic, spanning economic and education.In New York City, college-educated black women were more likely to face pregnancy-related complications than white women who hadn’t finished high school.

Physical restraint during childbirth, segregation in maternity wards, and racial harassment—Roma woman endure these abuses and more in reproductive health care centers in eastern Slovakia.

In low- and middle-income countries, verbal and physical abuse of women seeking obstetric care is “widespread and pervasive” in the very facilities meant to ensure a safe delivery, write Kirsten Austad and colleagues.Despite global efforts to promote facility-based birthing…

The head of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka blasted funding cuts as violence against women in conflict zones grows “worse than anything we’ve ever seen before.” Campaigners highlighted remarkable failures of the UK’s Angeline Jolie-fronted, 13-country violence prevention…