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Abortion caregivers and companions: The age of the full spectrum doula is here

We have a secret in our culture, it’s not that birth is painful it is merely that women are strong. The belief that women are strong also applies even to abortion, and women who choose to have an abortion might just need a doula too just as other women who get emotional support from doulas during childbirth. An abortion doula provides emotional, physical, and informational support to people choosing to have an abortion.

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Zambia’s Natasha Salifyanji Kaoma wins Queen’s Young Leader Award

African youths have continued to prove that even without the right conditions, they can still make an impact and will excel given the right environment. 25 African youths were recipients of the Queen’s Young Leader Award out of the 59 recipients. Zambia’s Natasha Kaoma who is a women’s health advocate led a drive to launch fundraising to provide menstrual hygiene kits to girls in rural areas.

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“Women need options when a man says no to a condom”: An interview with Kenyan HIV activist Jacque Wambui

In much of Africa, HIV is no longer the medieval plague it used to be. Which is not to say the virus still doesn’t pose a significant threat to the continent’s future. HIV is a wily fiend and our hard-earned gains can be quickly eroded if complacency slips in. Thankfully, as Kenyan HIV activist Jacqueline Wambui explains to Dr. Diana Wangari in this interview, science is helping keep the virus at bay by giving women greater control in the bedroom than they’ve traditionally had.