Women's health

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Motherhood and motherland: One woman’s pregnancy experience in Russia

Women & Gender

Amie Ferris-Rotman, a global news editor for New Lines Magazine, wrote a personal essay about her experience being pregnant in Russia, where many citizens believe it is a woman’s patriotic duty to give birth and become a mother. She talked about it with The World’s Marco Werman.

A pregnant woman wearing a face mask and gloves holds her belly as she waits in line for groceries at St. Mary's Church in Waltham, Mass.

Discussion: The pandemic, women’s health and pregnancy

Patients and staff members of Marie Stopes International (MSI) Clinic wave to Danish delegation members.

Marie Stopes International name change will ‘put a focus on the future’ of reproductive choice, CEO says

Reproductive rights

The US movement against female genital mutilation is at a crossroads

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It took a cyclone for some Tongan women to get reproductive health care for the first time

Maasai women

Tens of thousands of married women in Uganda are secretly undergoing ‘the cut’

Gladys Chemtai, 27, says she felt relief after having the procedure better known as female genital mutilation (FGM) because it gives her standing in her village.

A blond woman is speaking into a microphone at a podium with a sign on the front that says "Stand up for women"

Outgoing Planned Parenthood head says rights are ‘at risk under this government’

Global Politics

As Cecile Richard’s tenure at Planned Parenthood comes to a close, she talks with us about the global gag rule and reproductive rights.

Mulaba Habanyama, 24, preparing her Gingerbread Tiramisu

At pop-up eatery in Canada, HIV education is on the menu


For two days, chefs who are HIV-positive set up a pop-up restaurant in Toronto to dispel ignorance about people with the disease. The idea was hatched after a survey found that nearly half of Canadians would not eat a meal prepared by someone who’s HIV-positive.

A woman gets her pulse checked at Jericho Road Community Health Center, a health center that focuses on culturally sensitive health care for refugees.

Some refugees suffer culture shock — with their health care


For some women from conservative Muslim families, US health care practices can clash with what they are used to.

After Noor (right) fled Syria with her family, her husband began to be abusive. She now receives counseling and health services at this women's center in Jordan.

A women’s health center for Syrian refugees is helping Jordanian women, too


About one in three Jordanian women report experiencing domestic violence but many lack access to services. Now, Jordanian women are getting help in centers set up to treat Syrian refugees.