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Teenage Pregnancies in PH up by 7%

CNN - Manila, Philippines, 2/8/2021

According to the Commission on Population and Development, the Philippines has recorded a 7% increase in births among girls aged 15 and below in 2019. In a statement, the commission cited the latest Philippine Statistics Authority data which revealed that Filipino teenagers who gave birth in 2019 increased to 62,510 from 62,341 in 2018. The commission warned that this was the ninth consecutive year that the country has reported a rise in the number of teenage pregnancies. It added that in 2019, 2,411 girls aged 10 to 14 gave birth. This was a three-fold increase from 2000, when only 755 from the said age group gave birth.

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34 CRPF Women Personnel Join CoBRA Force

The Times of India - New Delhi, India, 2/7/2021

34 women personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) joined the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA), the elite CRPF component specialising in jungle warfare and counter- Naxal operations on February 6, 2021. The selected women personnel from the six Mahila Battalions of the CRPF will undergo a CoBRA pre-induction training for three months which will cover firing, special weapons, tactical training, field craft and jungle survivor skills. After the completion of their training, the women personnel will be posted in areas deep inside the jungles, particularly in Chhattisgarh. The entry of CRPF women personnel into the CoBRA wing coincides with the 35th Raising Day celebrations of the 88th Mahila Battalion.

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2MN FGM Cases May Occur Over Next Decade Due to Covid-19: UN

National Herald, India, 2/6/2021

The UNICEF recently warned that two million additional cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) may occur over the next decades as the COVID pandemic disrupts programmes that aimed at helping protect girls and women from the harmful practice. According to the joint statement issued by UNICEF director Henrietta Fore and UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem, even before COVID-19 upended progress, the Sustainable Development Goals target of ending FGM by 2030 was an ambitious commitment. According to the two agencies, ending the practice requires collaboration among a wide group of stakeholders and funding. The statement notes that even in countries where FGM is declining, progress needs to increase ten-fold to meet the global target of elimination by 2030.

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Integrate Women Into Int'l Trade, Biz and Policy Making: Experts

Daijiworld - Agartala, India, 2/5/2021

According to experts and industry officials, integration of women in international trade and business and to ensure gender equality while drafting policies would further enhance trade and business and accelerate the growth of women entrepreneurs. While participating in a virtual discussion on ‘Mainstreaming shepreneurs in international trade’, the experts stressed on the need to bridge the digital divide to ensure the growth of women as entrepreneurs. Anoushder Boghossian, World Trade Organisation's Head of Trade and Gender emphasised on the importance of access to information for trade and said that better and right information helps dispose of middlemen while doing business. She also said that the government needs to take into account all aspects of trade and make policies that are inclusive.

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Unnecessary C-Sections Quite Prevalent in India

Mint, India, 2/4/2021

A recent study has found that one out of every five pregnant women who didn’t medically need a C-section still went ahead and got one. The World Health Organization recommends C-sections only in certain situations such as high blood pressure or a ruptured uterus or in women who are obese or over 35. Yet, the study found that women who could otherwise do without a C-section were highly likely to get it if they delivered in a private medical institution. The likelihood was also high in southern India, or among women who knew someone else who had done the same. A caesarean section (C-section) is a method used to deliver a baby by making cuts in the abdomen and uterus.

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