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Global Women Connected was set up in January 2015.  On 28th January 2016 we celebrated our first anniversary with a party at University College London.  We are looking forward to the next year with many new developments.  Please share with your friends.



The team:  Laura Witjens, Elena Kontogianni, Keeley Monsen, Joyce Harper, Helen O'Neill and Tharni Vasavan.  With our cake made by Shara O'Connell (our web designer).
 

Welcome to our first letter:
containing some of our most popular posts

 

Women's Health News  - Four of our top stories 

India’s missing girls
In many countries of this planet, having a female child is a disaster.  The parents have to feed and clothe the girl, pay a dowry so she can get married and then she goes to live in their husbands house to look after his parents.  This tradition has been around for hundreds of years.  When a baby girl is born, there is no celebration.  But when a boy is born – there is an immediate party in the labour ward.  In many areas of India – unwanted baby girls are killed.

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What is in a tampon?
A woman uses over 16,000 tampons in her lifetime. Tampons come into direct contact with the vagina and as the skin there is very thin, any chemicals tampons contain will be absorbed straight into the bloodstream. There are a huge number of reports on the possibility that tampons contain toxic chemicals, but as tampons are classed as ‘medical devices’, manufacturers do not need to state what they contain. 

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Drinking a glass of wine a day is NOT good for your health
At the request of the UK Chief Medical Officers, a group of experts were asked to evaluate evidence about the levels and types of health harm that alcohol can cause. The guidelines state “people have a right to accurate information and clear advice about alcohol and its health risk”. 
Do not believe everything you read

One of the aims of Global Women is to demystify what is written in the press about Women’s Health.  When you read something (including the press, books, scientific papers and our web site) it is the view of the person writing the article.  They may have interpreted their source incorrectly, they may have used an incorrect source and they may have a specific opinion about the topic.

Discussion of the day - Lets get talking

Tattoos - do you have one you regret?
A growing number of people have at least one tattoo and it is becoming fashionable to cover arms and legs with them. There are a growing number of TV shows where people regret their tattoos and get them covered up. It seems a lot of people regret them.  Do you have one and if so – are you happy or do you regret it?

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Do you have breakfast?
They say it is the most important meal of the day. It is supposed to be better for your metabolism.

Do you eat breakfast and what do you have?
Many people replied that they had porridge and fruit but a few people had no breakfast.


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Do you wear uncomfortable clothes?
Sometimes do you dress for style rather than comfort?  Do you wear uncomfortable clothes that you take off the minute you get home?   Do you squeeze into those skinny jeans so you cannot breath all day?   Do you have uncomfortable shoes, suit, bra, tights or it might be your wedding day and you are squeezing into a very uncomfortable dress. 

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Would you go into space?
For the first time in NASA’s history, the class of astronauts is 50 percent female. In 15 years they could be selected for a trip to Mars. Three of the four female astronauts  are married, and two are mothers. The hardest part, as they say,  would be being separated from their families for so long. What  do  you  think  of  them?

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News in brief - Short summaries of women's health news 

US releases bluetooth enabled pregnancy test
A company based in the U.S. has released the First Response pregnancy test that can be synched to your smartphone via bluetooth.  The pregnancy test sends the results to your phone once it has finished testing and presents the user with ‘calm me’ or ‘entertain me’ options whilst they are waiting.  

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In Nigeria, a new generation of midwives is being trained
Women for Health in Nigeria began a five-year  £25m programme, funded by UK aid, to train a new generation of midwives to safely deliver babies in their villages and reduce maternal and child mortality.


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Inspiring Stories - Women overcoming obstacles

International Day of Women Human Rights Defenders
To mark International Day of Women Human Rights Defenders, we remember some of the female activists who have been killed over the past year.  We report on Nadia Vera, Francela Méndez, Intisar al-Hasairi, Joan Kagezi, Sabeen Mahmud and others.  


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Model Mieko Rye Poses After Chemotherapy to Inspire Other Women
"I’m more happy now because I know myself so much better and I love myself so much more. I’m going to own this. And I want other women to be inspired and own it as well. It’s more about the inner beauty and when that shines through, you’re just as beautiful. You haven’t lost anything. You’ve gained it." 

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