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In Conservative Cultures, Social Media Opens the Door to Condoms

Social media makes it easier for young people to access information about family planning, especially in traditional cultures.


Promoting condoms as a tool for family planning and HIV prevention in conservative, traditional societies like Mozambique and Indonesia should be a hard sell.

But social media and internet platforms have made it easier for young people around the world to access information, overcome cultural barriers, and engage in discussions that often sell condoms more as a lifestyle accoutrement than a prophylactic device. This was driven home to me one day when I sat down at a restaurant in Jakarta and was amazed to see a teenage girl sitting with her parents and wearing a DKT “Fiesta” condom foil strung on a necklace.

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Dubai Student Designs Mobile Prenatal Care Device

This 20-year-old Dubai student's new mobile device could make childbirth much safer in developing countries.

It’s not hard to guess from his technology competition name—The Hex Pistols—that 20-year-old Shawn Frank is a fan of music. He's also a strong advocate of ensuring that women in developing nations have access to quality prenatal care. Six months ago, while walking to an internship, Frank came up with the idea for momEcare, a mobile device that helps provide medical assistance to pregnant women who can't get to a hospital. Now Frank, who just graduated from the computer science program at the University of Wollongong in Dubai, is headed to Microsoft's Imagine Cup, a technology competition for socially conscious high school and college students happening next week in New York City (we've covered the other young finalists here, here and here). I caught up with him to find out what first sparked his interest in technology and learn more about how momEcare works.

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Hillary Clinton Defends Government Support for Women's Reproductive Rights

Our Secretary of State makes an incredible case for why women's reproductive rights should be a priority worldwide.

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Friday's announcement that the House of Representatives had moved to end all federal funding for Planned Parenthood did not sit well with advocates of women's reproductive rights. Some took the time to send a message to their representative over at the site I Stand With Planned Parenthood. Many took to Twitter to express their gratitude to Planned Parenthood using the hashtag #thanksPPFA.

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