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Ideas Help No One on a Shelf. Take Them to the World.

The New York Times

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Distributing, promoting and lending continuing support to good ideas for fixing the world’s woes is as critical a task as thinking them up in the first place.

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A Family Matter: Saving Papua New Guinea's mothers

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A doctor in Papua New Guinea finds that involving men in family planning is the key to reducing maternal mortality.

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Indian women hear some crazy things about their periods

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More than 300 million women and girls don't have access to the hygiene products they need because of taboos and a lack of resources. Education is helping change that, as are organizations that provide sanitary pads.

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Activists are trying to stop gang rape in India by talking about sex

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Sex ed is surprisingly awkward in the land of the Kama Sutra, but one foundation is trying to change that with a modern version of the program, all in an effort to stop gang rape.

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Abortion and Birth, Together

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Abortion rights are in jeopardy, and finding doctors that will perform the procedure in addition to other prenatal care is difficult. A Buffalo, New York clinic provides a space for both abortions and natural births.

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Are These Women the Key to Safer Abortions in India?

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In rural areas in India, lack of physicians is a big barrier to safe abortions, leading women to undergo deadly procedures. A proposed law by the Indian government would allow midwives and mid-level providers to perform abortions.

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Can a College That's Notorious for Sexual Assault Reform Itself?

NationSwell

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At the University of Virginia, the all-male peer education group One in Four works to create new standards surrounding sexual violence against women.

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In Bangladesh, Grassroots Efforts to End Violence Against Women

Voa News

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A non-profit in Bangladesh is fighting domestic violence by having female and especially male Bangladeshi volunteers give sexual education and women's rights classes.

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India's Golden Chance

Virginia Quarterly Review

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Pathfinder International is a global organization that educates the poor in more than twenty countries on matters of reproductive health. In India, where many girls are forced into marriage and early motherhood, this education could be a key step toward freedom and equality.

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When a Boy's Life Is Worth More Than His Sister's

Foreign Policy

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Due to patrilineality, sons are highly favored over daughters in many countries, with serious consequence. South Korea, the only country to have returned to normal sex ratios after having a highly abnormal ratio of boys:girls, has lessons for other countries.

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