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Ipas and DKT International Partnership Expands Access to Safe Abortion

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Ipas and DKT International Partnership Expands Access to Safe Abortion and Reduces Associated Maternal Deaths for Millions in 100+ Countries Worldwide.


Ipas and DKT International are pleased to announce an exclusive partnership in which the Ipas Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) technology will be licensed to DKT for global distribution, furthering their joint mission of providing safe and high-quality family planning and abortion care for the estimated 56 million women worldwide who choose to have an abortion each year. Formerly, distribution of the Ipas MVA technology was overseen by WomanCare Global.

"We look forward to expanding on the great work of Ipas and WomanCare Global, which have provided over 1 million reusable MVA kits and served more than 32 million women since 2009," says Christopher Purdy, President and CEO of DKT International. "While DKT will handle all manufacturing, distribution, marketing, and regulatory oversight of MVA kits, Ipas will retain the training and education programs for providers and the public, creating an environment conducive to administering the technology to the women who need it most."

"Ipas is proud to partner with DKT in an effort to expand global access to safe abortion care," says John Hetherington, Ipas CEO and President. "This partnership will leverage our respective strengths and expand access for women in low- and middle-income countries."

The Ipas MVA kit is used in over 100 countries, including the U.S. and is the world's most utilized, safe, and effective surgical abortion technology. DKT is one of the largest providers of family planning services in the developing world with programming in more than 35 countries that contain approximately 65% of the world's people. DKT expands access to abortion care by ensuring abortion-related products and technologies are widely available, and implementing education and outreach campaigns that reach women, especially in poor and rural areas.

"We know that through DKT's innovative social marketing efforts, many more women will have access to MVA and therefore safe abortion," says Hetherington.

Founded in 1973, Ipas is a global non-governmental organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from unsafe abortion. Ipas works globally so that women and girls have improved sexual and reproductive health and rights through enhanced access to and use of safe abortion and contraceptive care.

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Anih Ambrose is the Managing Editor of Sustainability Watch Nigeria. He is a Sustainable Development Practitioner. He is very Passionate about Social and Political Sustainability Issues. Ambrose loves reading, travelling and swimming. Follow him on Twitter @able_ebu. Email him at editor@sustainabilitywatchngr.com. call him at +2349061197608

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  • The 82 Chibok Girls And Other Stories, By Reuben Abati

    “Eku amojuba awon 82 Chibok girls, o”
    “What is that supposed to mean in plain English? You better watch your tongue. It will be politically incorrect and suicidal to start making a joke out of something that serious.”
    “Where is the joke?”
    “In your tone. I know you when you want to start your mischief.”
    “I am a born-again Christian”
    “I know. Like Stephanie Otobo telling Apostle Suleiman that she is born-again after maligning the man’s reputation. Don’t just say anything until you have confessed your sins. Confess. Confess, now.”
    “I am not a politician. I am neutral. And I won’t reach conclusions based on circumstantial evidence.”
    “It’s me you are talking to. Try another mischief.”
    “But I say, e ku amojuba”
    “Thank you. Politics 101: anybody that says anything other than to commend the Federal Government for rescuing the 82 Chibok girls should be condemned. Don’t forget that the Red Cross is part of this, and UNICEF is also offering help. Everything should not be partisan.”
    “I am not saying anything anti-government. As a father myself, whatever the game is, if there is any, whatever political marketing is involved, I actually believe that those young ladies need support, and this may well be their opportunity in life. They have been showcased. I may have my reservations.”
    “You see? What reservations?”
    “I am just surprised that the whole drama appears to be professionally stage-managed. The girls even looked as if some of them were wearing costumes, I mean aso ebi.”
    “Only the enemies of progress will look for things like that.”
    “The girls looked as if they were actresses in a script they did not understand.”
    “But they are back. So? What are you actually complaining about? The rescue, or the management of the optics?”
    “Some people are saying that by 2019, just before the elections, the last batch of the Chibok girls will emerge from wherever they are.”
    “Obviously, some people are weaving a conspiracy theory. I think the next time government wants to swap the girls for terrorists they should just swap supporters of the Jonathan government for the Chibok girls. That will settle this matter once and for all.”
    “Why Jonathan’s people? I think they should swap Nigerian Senators who have refused to pass the 2017 budget.”
    “What? Saraki’s Senators? Whoever tries that, ajekun iya ni o je, ajekun iya ni o je….”
    “You dey craze. People, and these are Nigerians, are saying they have a feeling the girls have become pawns in a grand political strategy and game.”
    “Can you prove that?”
    “I don’t need to prove anything. In politics and political science, there is something called game theory and it is real.”
    “Billy Dudley. I remember what Professor Dudley said, but you can’t reduce everything to textbook thinking. Get real. We should join government to thank God.”
    “Whatever it is, whatever the truth is, and whatever the post-truth is, I want the best for those girls. And it is not a job for government alone. Take the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for example. When the girls were first abducted, CAN and the Western world did not allow us to rest. They packaged the Chibok girls’ abduction as an assault on Christianity. They maligned Moslems.”
    “I remember that”
    “We Christians often theatricalize our religion, posturing that we epitomize what Christ lived and died for. For me there is a metaphorical correlation between the situation of these girls, “dead” as it were for three years, resurrecting now, shortly after Easter. We love to take swipes at the other religion. Now that we have some of the girls back, what plans do the money-spinning, faith-based universities have for them?”
    “How? This is not about religion.”
    “These churches run educational institutions from crèche to the university. Go and look at the full list of the rescued Chibok girls. They are mostly Christians. Instead of blaming Moslems, can Covenant, Babcock, Redeemed, Salem, Benson Idahosa, Joseph Ayo Babalola, Caritas and similar institutions adopt these ladies, support government, and begin the process of healing the wounds of the past three years?”
    “I am confused. I don’t really know where you stand. You talk this way. You talk that way. Can we talk about something else?”
    “My stand is clear. What else, if I may ask?”
    “Like #BAAD 2017. Banky W getting engaged to Adesua Etomi, and how the best way to get a wife in this digital age is to slide into DMs. Very soon, churches will start organizing seminars on the value of the DM on twitter as a tool for defeating the demon of being single. I am sure there are Bible passages that will illuminate that.”
    “Congratulations to Banky W and Adesua, then. They may just have started a revolution in the marriage theatre.”
    “Or we can talk about Davido and the baby shower with his Baby Mama in Atlanta.”
    “How is that an important subject when we are talking about game theory and Nigerian politics?”
    “It is a very hot subject among the Nigerian youth”
    “Really? Okay, then, let us discuss it when Davido beats Tu Baba’s record, or when he finally decides to move from friend zone to husband zone.”
    “Agba ya ni wo egbon yin ke. Wetin? Je ki awon boys je aye ori won. Okay let’s talk about the Demuren baby bump.”
    “No. Can we go back and talk about Nigeria? How for example, Nigeria can produce its own Emmanuel Macron in 2019? And in case you don’t know, Macron is the 39-year old young man who has just won the Presidential election in France, the youngest since Napoleon.”
    “We can do the same thing here. How old was Gowon when he became Head of State? It is nothing new. All those people who laid the foundation for modern Nigeria were all young men in their 20s and 30s. In recent times, we have also had young men becoming Speakers of Nigerian legislatures at different levels or even Governors.”
    “And what happened? Did the young men perform? What happened to the foundation and the building?”
    “The law does not allow anyone below 40 to aspire to become President of Nigeria, but some people have started a Not-Too-Young-To-Run-Movement. We should be optimistic.”
    “When you look at the on-going game in the country, do you see the possibility of any age-based revolution in Nigerian politics?”
    “Yes. Macron started a movement of his own and the entire country bought into it.”
    “So, what are you waiting for? You too can start a movement here as an independent candidate and tell Nigerians to queue up behind you.”
    “I am thinking about it, why not?”
    “My friend, wake up! Macron is 39. He is married to a woman who is 64 years old, his mother’s age mate. You think Nigerians will accept that? He didn’t have to share money to be accepted. He has no known Godfather. Even his opponent, Marine Le Pen does not have a Godfather. Her own father actually gave a pass mark to Macron after their last debate when he said Macron sounded more serious and more assertive.”
    “Those are Oyinbo things”
    “Say that to those who are saying Macron has won in France. Tell them, they can also have a French Revolution in Nigeria. But tell them to note the cultural differences, and how politics is a game in one country and how it is about the people and their future in another country. When will politics ever be about the people in Nigeria?”
    “We can do it.”
    “Don’t just mouth slogans. This is how you people always get Nigeria into trouble. Tell me what you intend to do about the dinosaurs who are the game makers in Nigerian politics. Nobody made an issue out of Macron’s ethnicity, religion, or age. It was all about issues. In those countries that we like to use as reference points, democracy has become a science, a social science, but in Africa – democracy is witchcraft. The more you see, the less you understand.”
    “What I know is that Nigeria has a Macron out there”
    “And a sick Donald Trump out there too, who will get to power because of all the games we play in this country”
    “Don’t get worked up. You know for me, the most beautiful thing about the French Presidential election is that after the battle was won and lost, Marine Le Pen conceded to Macron and she went to a club to dance. A few hours after losing, she was in a club singing Hip and Hop Karaoke: “I Love Rock N Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and she spinned around to YMCA by the Village People. She just lost an election. For her, France is more important. Her life does not depend on political office. When we get to that level, we can start comparing our democracy with others.”
    “When people lose election in Nigeria, it is a kind of bereavement. Now that suicide is a popular response in Nigeria, don’t also be surprised if our politicians start committing suicide after elections.”
    “I am an optimist. We will get there.”
    “I am a pragmatist. In Nigeria, when something goes up, it never goes down. Take Uber taxi charges. Uber has tried to reduce its charges all over the world due to competition with its key rival, Taxify. It is only in Nigeria that Uber drivers have organized protests. They say they don’t want the 40% reduction in tariffs. They want Uber to reduce its own returns. That is Nigeria for you. The Buhari government promised to fight corruption, but Professor Tam David-West, a die-hard Buharist is now suddenly a whistle-blower. He is now lamenting that President Buhari is surrounded by corrupt persons. Aso Villa demons at work, certainly, I think.”
    “God will intervene”
    “Yes. God. We end up leaving everything to God and prayers…”

    original article at Reubenabati.com

  • Kenya: Clamour to Give Condoms to Teens Suspect

    So our teenagers want to know where to get contraceptives and how to use them? A recent Daily Nation headline, "We want condoms, say teens", made that patently clear.

    The clamour to give the devices to children as young as 10 is an all-too-familiar strategy of the American population control lobby.

    They use opinion leaders, notably MPs, policymakers and actors, civil society groups, religious leaders and even the media to further an agenda with well-documented harmful effects on children.


    The latest strategy shifts focus from the vested interests in the multibillion-dollar industry.

    Did you know that the global market is projected to hit the Sh2 trillion mark by 2020 at a 3.1 per cent compound annual growth rate since 2014?


    Did you also know that since fiscal year 2011-2012, the government has been covering the full cost of contraceptives, thanks to the 2010 Constitution, which treats reproductive health like any other health issue, never mind that nobody ever died from sexual starvation?

    With constitutional bottlenecks removed, the remaining hurdle to channelling taxpayers' billions to the Western contraceptive makers is that clause in the law, which regards anybody under 18 as a child incapable of consenting to sex.



    Section 8 of the Sexual Offences Act stipulates penalties for having sex with under-18-year-olds:

    - 8(1) A person who commits an act which causes penetration with a child is guilty of an offence termed defilement.

    -8(2) A person who commits an offence of defilement with a child aged eleven years or less shall upon conviction be sentenced to life imprisonment.

    -8(3) A person who commits an offence of defilement with a child between the age of twelve and fifteen years is liable upon conviction to imprisonment for a term of not less than 20 years.


    -A person who commits an offence of defilement with a child between the age of sixteen and eighteen years is liable upon conviction to imprisonment for a term of not less than 15 years.


    Anybody having sex with an under-18 belongs in jail and should not be facilitated by dishing out contraceptives to prevent pregnancies and sexually-transmitted diseases inflicted by such sex pests.

    But the old maxim that every man (and woman) has his price holds sway. The contraceptives industry is determined to expand the under-18s market in Kenya, which represents some 25 per cent of the population.

    Their softest target is legislators, whose greed is comparable only to that of police, who consistently top Transparency International corruption charts.

    Female lawmakers, who should be championing children's wellbeing, have been lobbying to lower the age of consent to 16.

    The lawmakers have fallen prey to contraceptive sellers' ploys, thanks to their penchant for soliciting bribes to legislate in favour of unpopular causes.


    Vested interests drive the push to have contraceptives for children.


    It can't be by chance that Guttmacher Institute study claiming teens want to know where to get and how to use contraceptives coincided with the Teen Pregnancy Task Force Summit in Portland, Oregon, US, also associated with Guttmacher.

    Guttmacher has an undisguised pro-abortion agenda as evidenced by its statement: "In the first quarter of 2017, there was an increased focus by abortion foes on legislation to ban abortion under various circumstances. This worrying trend could be driven by expectations that the US Supreme Court might uphold such laws in the future."

    Telling children about the dangers of contraceptives is neither moralistic nor is it meant to instil fear and guilt; it's being factual. Isn't it about time we exposed commercial interests that treat our children as a vast contraceptives market?

    Ms Kweyu is a freelance writer and consulting editor.

    Original article at Daily Nation

  • Tiwa Savage Named Rotary Celebrity Ambassador for Polio Eradication

    Nigerian singer/songwriter Tiwa Savage is the newest face to join Rotary's 'This Close' public awareness campaign for polio eradication. A paralysing and life altering disease, polio is on the verge of becoming the second human disease ever to be eliminated worldwide after smallpox.

    Savage, who has been described by CNN as Nigeria's biggest pop star, will help Rotary achieve its goal of a polio-free world by raising awareness about the vaccine-preventable disease.


    A statement on Tuesday said Savage administered a vaccine to children in Lagos in late April.

    Nigeria regularly conducts mass immunisation campaigns to vaccinate every child under the age of five in the country.

    The singer's participation in this programme comes at a critical juncture. Last year, Nigeria experienced a polio outbreak that paralysed four children after passing nearly two years without a case of the disease.

    Her involvement in the campaign will raise important awareness that will help ensure the outbreak is stopped.

    "This is a cause that hits close to home for me, not only as a mother of a small child, but as a proud Nigerian, whose country has been battling this disease for many years," said Savage.


    Savage's musical career began when she was 16 years of age as a backup singer for George Michael. Before going out on her own, she worked with many other well-known musicians, such as Whitney Houston, Kelly Clarkson, Andrea Bocelli, Mary J Blige and many more.

    Tiwa Savage is also a successful songwriter. She was signed to Sony/ATV Music before establishing her own label 323 Entertainment, which teamed up with Marvin Records in 2012.

    Last year, Savage signed with Roc Nation as a management client.


    Already a superstar in her home country, her social media platforms have amassed a staggering 2.9 million followers on Instagram, 1.8 million on Facebook, and 1.7 million on Twitter.


    Savage announced her new partnership with Rotary last week in New York City at a World Immunisation Week event.

    As part of the 'This Close' campaign, Savage will be featured in ads raising her thumb and forefinger in the 'this close' gesture with the tagline "we're this close to ending polio".

    Since the initiative launched in 1988, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 per cent, from about 350,000 cases a year to less than 37 cases in 2016.

    The Nigerian music star joins other public figures and celebrities participating in Rotary's public awareness campaign, including Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; actress Kristen Bell; Supermodel Isabeli Fontana; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; action movie star Jackie Chan; boxing great Manny Pacquiao; pop star Psy; golf legend Jack Nicklaus; conservationist Jane Goodall; premier violinist Itzhak Perlman; Grammy Award winners A.R. Rahman; Angelique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley; and peace advocate Queen Noor of Jordan.

    Rotary launched its polio immunization program PolioPlus in 1985 and in 1988 became a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and more recently the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    Rotary's roles within the initiative are fundraising, advocacy, raising awareness and mobilising volunteers.

    To date, Rotary has contributed more than $1.6 billion and countless volunteer hours to fight polio. Through 2018, every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication will be matched two-to-one by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation up to $35 million a year.

    To date, more than 2.5 billion children have been immunised against polio.

    Original article at Thisday Nigeria

  • Sierra Leone Schools for Pregnant Students Raise Questions

    A government programme for separate schools for pregnant students introduced two years ago in Sierra Leone is facing critical scrutiny.

    Pregnant students were not allowed to sit in the same class in the West African country as their peers because they are seen as a bad influence.

    In April 2015, schools in Sierra Leone reopened after a nine-month break owing to the Ebola crisis. However, "visibly pregnant" girls were banned from returning to school, for fear of negatively affecting "innocent girls", according to the education minister.

    The government offered them the option of attending alternative schools with a reduced curriculum.

    Now, Amnesty International, the UK-based rights organisation, says denying pregnant girls mainstream education is a violation of their human rights.


    "I am the one who should decide whether to go to the alternative or the mainstream school," said 17-year-old Sarah Bassie, an alternative school student.


    A third of pregnancies in Sierra Leone are teenage pregnancies, according to official data.

    "It [the move] doesn't address any of the root causes of teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone," Sabrina Mahtani, an Amnesty International researcher, told Al Jazeera.

    "It's not addressing the high rates of sexual violence and abusive relationships that girls encounter every day, it's not addressing fact that there's no formal sex education in schools."

    However, Sierra Leone's education ministry says the alternative school programme is working.

    Out of 14,500 students who attended those schools, 5,000 have gone back to mainstream school after giving birth.

    The ministry says that is progress because the girls would have most probably dropped out altogether because of the shame associated with pregnancy.

  • Some Girls Reject Term ‘Feminist’ Over ‘Equalist’ in Ireland

    One afternoon last spring as Janet Polli and Dorcas Oyewande were leaving their high school in Kerry, Ireland, for the day, they got stuck behind a slow-moving group of boys. When Polli asked them to move, one of the guys replied “Jeez, I bet she’s a feminist,” causing all his friends to laugh.

    Polli didn’t mind the comment. After all, the 16-year-old doesn’t consider herself to be a feminist. She calls herself an “equalist,” like many of the other girls at Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School in the town of Tralee, about 190 miles southwest of Ireland’s capital city of Dublin.

    While the recent U.S. presidential election has inspired some teen girls into feminism and politics, some teens in Kerry are steering away from the politicized term. The trend is for these young people to reject “feminism” for “equalist,” until they study the history of the women’s movement, said Niamh Reilly, a women and gender studies professor at National University of Ireland Galway.

    Polli, who is in the  school’s debating club, considers feminism “a worthwhile and necessary cause,” but is turned off by the public images of feminists. She hears males in her community call feminists “feminazis” when they disagree with something a woman is saying or doing, whether it be an attempt to voice her opinion or promote her beliefs. Because of this, Polli feels it is safer to be an equalist.

    It’s an issue of priorities for Clodagh Gaynor. The 16-year-old orchestra member called the backlash over the chocolate Yorkie bar, which previously had a tagline “not for girls,” “petty.” If the movement put its efforts behind bigger issues, like the gender pay gap, she said she’d proudly call herself a feminist.

    Oyewande, 15, who was with Polli that day after school, said she felt embarrassed when her friends were ridiculed by the boys. She said if people think feminism is related to telling boys to move, then she would rather call herself an equalist.

    “Feminism has derailed from [the original definition] into a self-entitled, ‘our turn at the wheel,’ hateful and illogical organization,” said Oyewande, a member of Coder Dojo, her school’s club for beginning software coders. She acknowledges that negative feminists are in the minority but because they are the most vocal she calls them “the most representative.”

    Oyewande defined an equalist like the four other teen girls Teen Voices interviewed for this story. She said an equalist is someone “who simply holds the principle that everyone is and should be viewed as equal regardless of gender, race, religion, etc.”

    “If we lived in an equalist society, most, if not all, issues surrounding gender would cease to exist,” said Oyewande.

    Reilly sees many students like Oyewande and her peers in her classes at the National University of Ireland Galway. She said at the start of  her undergraduate and graduate level courses, many students dislike the label “feminist.” Although this changes, she added, as students begin to study feminist writers and different approaches to feminism.

    Equalism is “a less confrontational way to signal support for equality between people of any gender,” Reilly said, adding that it also expresses equality regardless of socioeconomic position, ethnicity, religion, disability or other distinction.

    Young people’s personal experience of sexism also influences their response to the term “feminism” Reilly said. Oyewande and her peers said they are mainly confronted with sexism on social media.

    “We don’t see many sexism incidents, like misogyny or misandry” in Tralee, said Oyewande.

    Original artile at womensnews.org

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