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L’Orient Le Jour: FGM/C in Egypt

The Council addresses FGM/C as a human rights abuse and a contributor to gender inequality. Our FGM/C program advances multidisciplinary and multinational efforts needed to eliminate this harmful practice in many countries. Salma Abou Hussein, who works in the Population Council’s Egypt office, spoke with L’Orient Le Jour about female genital mutilation/cutting in Egypt.

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Council Commentary

World Breastfeeding Week: Leveraging the Use of Contraception to Optimize the Effects of Breastfeeding

As we commemorate World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7, 2016), let’s take a moment to recognize the importance of breastfeeding for mothers, babies and families around the world.  Breastfeeding contributes greatly to early childhood development with many short- and long term nutritional benefits for infants and children.  It also benefits the mothers, providing stronger protection against certain cancers and other health risks. It also helps to delay additional pregnancies acting as an effective contraceptive in the first six months.

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