Female genital mutilation is hurting Australian girls and we must work together to stamp it out

The Conversation, February 9th, 2017

Female genital mutilation or cutting is largely hidden in Australia and other high-income countries. Most people don’t consider it a major issue. But our research shows it should be.

Our research found girls are presenting to paediatricians in Australia with female genital mutilation, but misconceptions about the practice are common and doctors want more information on how to manage this illegal practice.

  • Read more of article here 
  • Read Female genital mutilation and cutting: a systematic literature review of health professionals’ knowledge, attitudes and clinical practice (open access) here
  • Read Female genital mutilation in children presenting to Australian paediatricians (open access) here

 

FPAA’s statement opposing the global removal of funding to reproductive services

Family Planning Alliance Australia (FPAA), 27 January 2017

Family Planning Alliance Australia (FPAA) opposes the Global Gag Rule, reinstated by US President Trump on Monday 23 January 2017, which prohibits international organisations from receiving US Aid if they provide, counsel, refer or advocate for abortion services.

This action will set a global agenda in restricting women’s access to abortion and other reproductive and sexual health services. Marie Stopes International has estimated that without US funding, the loss of services during Trump’s first term, between 2017 and 2020, would result in:
– 6.5 million unintended pregnancies
– 2.2 million abortions
– 2.1 million unsafe abortions
– 21,700 maternal deaths

SHine SA is a member of the FPAA and a signatory to this media statement.

 

#Envision2030: 17 goals to transform the world for persons with disabilities

United Nations, November 2016

International Day of People with Disability is held on 3 December each year. IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

Each year the UN announces a theme. The theme for 2016 is: Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want, which draws attention to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and how these goals can create a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities.

Imagine the world in 2030, fully inclusive of persons with disabilities. In September 2015, the General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Building on the principle of “leaving no one behind”, the new Agenda emphasizes a holistic approach to achieving sustainable development for all.

See the 17 goals here 

Countries should put women at the forefront of the UN drug policy debate

The Conversation, April 19, 2016 10.25am AEST

The United Nations will hold a special session in New York this week to review global drug policy. The summit has the potential to revolutionise the drug control system enshrined in international law since 1961.

If UN member states are serious about drug reform, they must act on the disproportionate harm of prohibitionist drug policies on women worldwide.

Globally, women make up one-third of all drug users, including around 3.8 million women who inject drugs. Women who use drugs are at higher risk than men of acquiring disease, including HIV.

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FGM: number of victims found to be 70 million higher than thought

The Guardian, 5 February 2015

The huge global scale of female genital mutilation has been revealed in disturbing new statistics, which show at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone ritual cutting, half of them living in just three countries.

Read more here

United Nations Committee Affirms Abortion as a Human Right

Huffington Post, Published 01/25/2016, Updated 02/02/2016

In a landmark case, Peru has compensated a woman for denying her a medically indicated abortion. She was forced to continue her pregnancy and deliver the doomed fetus, which survived only four days. Working with human rights lawyers, K.L. filed a complaint with the United Nations Human Rights Committee, based in Geneva.

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  • Read another article on the topic here