Women's Health & Rights

Dressing wounds and restoring dignity

On World Refugee Day, FIGO hears from surgeon Dr. Sayeba Akhter, Bangladesh.

Free sanitary product scheme to be extended across Scotland

A scheme that provides women with access to free sanitary products is set to be expanded across Scotland, following a successful pilot in Aberdeen. The Scottish government has confirmed that it will be working to provide the charity FareShare with more than £500,000 in funding to help the...

The role of contraception within women’s rights

Earlier this month FIGO's Contraception Working Group met for two days at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation offices in London...

Challenges of menstrual hygiene

A lack of effective, coordinated approaches for assisting vulnerable women to manage their menstruation with dignity in challenging settings around the world remains. This is according to new research by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, US. They also found that the...

Employers criticised over attitudes to pregnant staff

Employers have been accused of "living in the dark ages" after a survey by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission found 59 per cent of them believe women should disclose at interview if they are pregnant. The survey of 1,000 private sector employees also found that 46 per cent...

New Zealand bans vaginal mesh

New Zealand has become the first major country to effectively ban vaginal mesh implants, after safety concerns were raised about the surgery. The Ministry of Health announced that it had written to suppliers of the mesh device asking them to stop marketing the product from January 2018 or to prove...

Italy could be offering 'period leave'

Italy could be the first Western country to provide 'period leave' for women who suffer from painful periods. A draft law is currently being discussed by Italy's parliament that would mean employers have to grant three days of monthly leave to those women who present a doctor's note...

UK government to protect against pregnancy discrimination

Margot James, under secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has promised the UK government will launch a consultation on how to prevent women losing their jobs after having children. It follows a call from the House of Commons Women and Equalities Select Committee...

February 7th marked National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

This weekend (Sunday February 7th) saw the 16th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day take place in the US to raise awareness of the condition and encourage increased uptake of testing. In a blog for the website AIDS.gov, Dr Eugene McCray, director of the division for HIV/AIDS prevention at...

Efforts to tackle HIV/Aids in Burma 'undermined by law'

A law dating back to the British colonial era is significantly affecting attempts to contain HIV and Aids in Burma, according to a new report.