The number 13 has long been linked to a belief of bad luck and misfortune. Well, today that superstition has changed. More importantly, if we do right by the number 13, we have the potential to save six million women and children over the next five years. How is that possible?
Guatemala is ranked a dismally low 116 out of 135 countries for gender equality. We strongly believe that family planning is crucial to supporting the gender equality of Guatemalan women.
Edna Adan not only trains mid-wives so they can return to their rural environment and provide pre-natal and birthing support, but also teaches them to carry with them the message that genital mutilation of any girl or woman does not serve them.
Investing in the health of girls and women is a solution to every development problem. Focusing on this key issue will alleviate poverty, stabilize societies, spur economies and advance the well-being of families, communities, and ultimately, our world overall.
Jolie used her standing as a worldwide "sex symbol" to debunk the myth that women become any less beautiful, feminine or sexy when they lose their breasts.
Clitoraid, an organization that has devoted six years to humanitarian work such as repairing clitorises that have been harmed by genital mutilation, is happy to announce, its "first annual International Clitoris Awareness Week, May 6 to May 12."
You may recognize the spiral-downward logic when your internal barometer registers that someone is seemingly much more accomplished -- not to mention much more glamorous -- than you are: What decisions have I made that brought me to this place? Have they been the right ones?
Edna Adan Ismail has literally committed everything she has to achieve one purpose: decreasing the newborn and maternal mortality rate in Somaliland and the Horn of Africa.
Mother's Day is a celebration of life and reflects the importance of women to their families, communities and countries. However, worldwide HIV/AIDS robs women and girls of their potential and health.
I'm noticing that my friends mean more to me than they ever did. My children are now my best friends. My husband is still the love of my life. My dogs make me laugh on even the worst day.
We know -- as generations before have professed -- that we cannot achieve sustainable development, that we cannot build healthy and empowered communities and nations when we continue to deny half the world's population their basic human rights and fundamental freedom.
This Mother's Day, let us remember mothers and women who understood the patriotic nature of standing up for wholesome food, of standing up for the health of young children who would become our future.
Malnutrition remains one of the world's most pervasive problems, especially for women and children. While it is our mothers from whom we receive our first nourishment, there are many who are unable to provide this adequately due to their own poor nutrition.
My onetime patient and student, Nicole Larizza, earned her MS degree in nutrition studying the effects of nutrition in childhood on breast cancer risk in adulthood. I found the information Nicole shared with me important and provocative -- and felt it deserved to be shared.
In the midst of all the chaos during wedding planning, immunity might not be the first thing on your mind. But your health should be something you think about in the months leading up to your big day.
While it's great to explain the benefits of abstinence, Christians have begun to rely too heavily on a shame-based rhetoric that motivates teens into compliance for fear of being "dirty" or undesirable. I cannot tell you how many women I have counseled who became sexually active in their teen years and consequently felt like they were damaged goods.