Family planning, health and education programmes have done a lot to improve the lives of women in rural India, but getting more young rural women to work in jobs that don't involve wage labour is the next step for gender equality and the country's economic health, according to Dr. Carol Vlassoff, author of a new book, "Gender Equality and Inequality in Rural India: Blessed with a Son."
from Photographers' Blog:
New York City, New York
By Allison Joyce
I had been trying to think how to tell the story of abortion in photos for a while. Over the past few years the U.S. has seen new laws limiting abortions enacted and politicians speaking out for and against abortion.
from Full Focus:
Abortion remains one of the most volatile political issues facing the United States, but for women who turn to it, the issue isn't a matter of politics, but one of deep and personal emotion. Reuters photographer Allison Joyce sought to explain those emotions through the voices of these women. Read Allison's personal account and view a multimedia piece here.
from The Great Debate:
This has been a big month for abortion rights. In North Dakota, where there is only one abortion clinic, a District Court judge voided a two-year-old set of state restrictions on the use of medications to induce first-trimester abortions. And in Mississippi last Monday, a federal judge blocked some elements of state law intended to shut down the state’s only abortion clinic.
from India Insight:
from Tales from the Trail:
This fall, there is going to be a relatively small group of women voters who may be very, very sick of hearing from NARAL Pro-Choice America by Election Day on Nov. 6.
from Stories I’d like to see:
In the wake of the Todd Akin firestorm, Mitt Romney and a flip-flopping Paul Ryan have emphasized that their anti-choice stance excludes rape. In a Romney administration, abortions would be outlawed except in the case of women who have been raped, the Republican ticket has promised.
from The Human Impact:
BOGOTA (TrustLaw) - When gynaecologist Lilliam Fondeur recently wrote about the plight of a pregnant teenager diagnosed with acute leukaemia in her column in the Dominican Republic’s El Nacional newspaper, little did she know it would revive debate about the country’s blanket ban on abortion and stir public support in favour of the young girl.