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Reaffirming the Fight for Women’s Rights in Malaysia

Humanosphere correspondent Jessica Mack was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last week for the third annual Women Deliver conference, which is really the only global big-name conference on women’s rights of its kind, she says. Melinda Gates and numerous heads of state were in attendance.

So on this week’s podcast, Tom asks Jessica where the women’s rights movement goes from here – what were the big issues at the conference, what progress is being made on issues like maternal health and abortion access, what role men play in advancing the movement, and more. Jessica says the conference was less about lofty promises and sexy projects, and more about checking in on what concrete progress has made since last year’s event, held in Washington D.C. Jessica even describes a live demonstration of childbirth at the conference, seen above.

But first we discuss the headlines, including Bill Gates’ remarks towards aid critic Dambisa Moyo, Vaccinophobia, and new statistics on energy poverty.

Tune in below (or download the mp3).


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Ansel Herz

Ansel Herz is a freelance multimedia journalist whose objective is to “go to where the silence is." His work has been published by ABC News, The Nation magazine, the New York Daily News, Al Jazeera English, Free Speech Radio News, Inter-Press News and many other publications. A Seattle native and survivor of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Ansel is producer of Humanosphere's podcast, among other things. You can contact him at ansel.herz[at] or follow him on Twitter @Ansel.