It Takes A Village: Let’s Commit to End Child Marriage

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By: Felogene Anumo, Advocacy Programme Associate. The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), @Felogene on Twitter

Last week, I joined thousands of maternal and child health advocates at the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) Partners’ Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa. The gathering and robust discussions breathed life into the African Proverb: “It takes a village to raise a child.” The various stakeholders present called for ambitious and transformative commitments to realize the potential to be the ‘village’ that ends early, forced and child marriages in one generation, as this contributes to preventable newborn deaths and maternal mortality.

Until Death Do Us Apart: Facts and Figures

  • One in three girls in the developing world will be married by their eighteenth birthday. This can end their chance of completing an education and puts them at greater risk of isolation and violence.
  • One in seven girls in the developing…

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Commit to Deliver for Young Girls & Women in the Post-2015 Agenda

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Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 9.58.51 AMBy: Felogene Anumo, Advocacy Programme Associate. The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), @Felogene on Twitter

The Millennium Development Goals have been the central reference point for global development efforts and have had success in drawing attention to poverty as an urgent global priority. Though the world has made progress towards achieving the MDGs, more can and must be done, especially with regards to addressing the needs of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of young women and girls.

The importance of adolescents’ access to SRHR is a key element to the fight against poverty.

About 1.8 billion young people are entering their reproductive years, often without the knowledge, skills and services they need to protect themselves. Among the root causes of current high rates of maternal and newborn mortality are unintended pregnancies — particularly among girls and adolescents. According to the World Health Organisation, approximately 800 women die…

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A World Where Every Pregnancy Is Wanted

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By Felogene Anumo

Unsafe abortion is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a process of terminating pregnancy, carried out either by persons lacking the necessary skills or in an environment that does not conform to minimal medical standards, or both[1]. Evidently, this poses a serious threat to the sexual and reproductive health and lives of women as presented in the recent key findings of a National Study on the Incidence and Complications of Unsafe Abortion in Kenyaled by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) and the Ministry of Health, Kenya.

Unsafe abortion continues to be a persistent public health challenge that contributes to 13% of maternal deaths globally and a myriad of short and long term health complications among women in their reproductive age. The largest proportion and highest rate of unsafe abortions currently occurs in Africa. The incidence of unsafe abortions in…

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