Maternal mortality in the world is decreasing - but inequality remains

Global work on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is progressing, but there are still major differences in the global North and global South, according to a new UN report. Photo: MarijoAH12. Source: Wikimedia commons.

Of: Fleur Riller Loins

Since the year 2000, the rights of women and girls have been strengthened all over the world. Education, improved maternity clinics and increased access to contraceptives have led to a 34 percent reduction in maternal mortality since the turn of the millennium. At the same time, there is a big difference in sexual and reproductive rights in the global north and global south. It shows one new report by the United Nations Population Fund UNFPA.

April 25, 2024, News

This is how the activists work to stop female genital mutilation

Educating the mothers of today and the future is a way to reduce female genital mutilation. Pictured: Campaign in Somalia against female genital mutilation - which is a widespread problem in the country. Photo: AU UN IST PHOTO / David Mutua. Source: Flickr.

Of: Fanny Andersson

The pandemic has caused female genital mutilation to increase again in several parts of the world. Using various methods, activists from Egypt, Somalia and Guinea are fighting to spread knowledge about female genital mutilation and overcome the problem.

March 18, 2022, News

The pandemic increases the need for midwives

Studies show that access to a midwife during pregnancy and childbirth saves lives. Photo: Flickr.

Of: Jonna Erdos

Several bodies report that maternity care as well as other bodies for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) have suffered in the crisis. Sweden has a long tradition of promoting the role of the midwife. The serious international situation requires further efforts to meet the global need for 900 more midwives, reports UNFPA.

June 22, 2021, Report

Abortion, contraception and sex education are threatened during the corona pandemic

The corona pandemic has created a shortage of contraceptives and poorer access to abortion. Photo: Lorie Shaull and the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition

Of: Nora Grari

Unsafe abortions, lack of contraception, canceled sex education and deteriorating maternity care. These are some of the consequences of the corona pandemic. Millions of girls and women around the world can suffer from unwanted pregnancies and deaths.

May 12, 2020, Report

Abortion may soon become legal in Argentina

Demonstration for abortion in Argentina

Hundreds of thousands of people have demonstrated for free abortion around Argentina since 2017. Photo: Lara Va (CC BY-SA)

Of: Rosemary Wolf

In Argentina, women are only allowed to have an abortion when their lives are in danger or when they have been abused. But after massive demonstrations, the Argentine president is expected to present a bill on free abortion. Something that could lead to a turnaround throughout South America.

April 30, 2020, News

Increased inequality in the world has aroused debate about Sweden's development assistance


Electrification can be the key to achieving most of the goals in Agenda 2030, according to this week's debaters, when the focus is on inequality in the world.

Of: Amanda Wibne Romild

Last week, the UN Development Program (UNDP) published a report on human development, which begins with “Inequality. Evidence is everywhere ”. This has resulted in this week's debate focusing on the causes of inequalities and demands for change in Swedish development aid policy.

December 17, 2019, Current debate

Criticism of aid continues on Swedish opinion pages

In recent months, Sida and Swedish development assistance have received harsh criticism on Swedish opinion pages.

Of: Amanda Wibne Romild

The debate about corruption and poor control of Swedish development assistance continues in Swedish newspapers. Svenska dagbladet's guest writer demands an aid preparation and the Sweden Democrats demand clearer demands for aid recipients. At the same time, other debaters are expressing concern about increased opposition to sexual rights in many countries around the world.

November 14, 2019, Current debate

The abortion issue is a constant struggle

Women demonstrate for equality and the right to free abortion in Los Angeles, USA. Photo: Larissa Puro

Of: Molly Jerlstrom

All political issues follow the times. One issue that has definitely done so is the right to free abortion - sometimes controversial, sometimes forgotten and taken for granted. The scope of the issue in the debate varies greatly, especially in the high-income countries where free abortion is part of the legislation. Once the issue of abortion is put on the agenda, […]

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October 23, 2019, Chronicle

To study a stigma

Menstruation, pregnancy and women's bodies contain many taboos in Tanzania. But there are organizations that work to get rid of such stigmas. Photo: Elin Bergenlöv

Of: Elin Bergenlöv

Studying something in a place where the subject is associated with shame and silence is a challenge. For ten weeks I have studied menstruation as an obstacle to women's social participation. I have understood the meaning of a culture of silence and how prominent a stigma can be. Around the world there is a tangible stigma that every person with […]

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June 4, 2019, FUF-correspondents

More countries must follow Tunisia and ban violence against women

Woman with Tunisian flag painted on face.

After much fighting by civil society, violence against women has been banned in Tunisia.

Of: Patricia Grundberg

In Tunisia, almost half of all women are exposed to violence. Until recently, violence was not illegal, but after a fierce struggle, the country has now banned gender-based violence. Tunisia's work to establish national support for the law can stand as an example for other countries, writes Patricia Grundberg at the UN Population Fund UNFPA.

November 27, 2018, Debate