In the news: grab a cola and a condom?

Seems like Coca-Cola should be able to work this into a marketing campaign somehow: a young participant at this week’s Women Deliver conference remarked that while he can get a Coke anywhere, it’s not easy to find contraceptives. The Inter Press Service finds that while the circumstances of youthful delegates to the conference vary, all seem to call for one thing: increased access to reproductive health services.

Youth say Coca-Cola is easier to find than condoms

Inter Press Service, May 29, 2013

Manikin wearing condom dress.

Our mannequin wears a dress made from the Woman’s Condom at the Women Deliver conference. Photo: PATH/Amy MacIver.

“If I am thirsty and want a bottle of Coca-Cola I can get it, no matter where in the world I am. Why can’t I get contraceptives or sexual heath care?” asked Carlos Jimmy Macazana Quispe, a youth representative from Peru currently in Kuala Lumpur for the third edition of the Women Deliver global conference on the health and well-being of women and girls. There are over a hundred youth like Quispe participating in the three-day conference that started on May 28, most of them from developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America where contraceptives are equated with condoms, teen pregnancy is on the rise, and child marriage is often considered a social norm.

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2013 millennium development goal progress index—get the data

The Guardian, May 29, 2013

Thirty sub-Saharan African countries appear to have accelerated progress toward meeting the millennium development goals (MDGs) over the past three years, according to analysis from antipoverty group ONE, which aims to up-end perceptions of the region as wholly off track. Rwanda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Ghana, and Uganda are among sub-Saharan Africa’s top performers in this year’s MDG progress index, released on Wednesday as part of ONE’s flagship data report.

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The other women’s movement: factory workers in the developing world

Harvard Business Review Blog, May 28, 2013

Factory jobs give millions of women what they can’t get anywhere else: a salaried wage. With it, they can begin to exert control over their future. Factory work isn’t just about making clothes; it’s also about a potential path toward gender equality. Because of this, we must reduce the risks women face and work to improve their lives. Beyond ensuring basic building safety, we also need to invest aggressively in the women employed in these factories to help them realize their full potential.

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One quarter of world’s children struggling to learn because of malnutrition—study

NBC News, May 27, 2013

One in every four children in the world is suffering from chronic malnutrition that is affecting their ability to learn, according to a report by a charity. The Food for Thought report by Save the Children found that undernourished children were an average of 20 percent less literate than those who had a “nutritious diet.” It said that that malnutrition could affect global economic growth by $125 billion.

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