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Why Women Count
The most ambitious TV series yet on the lives of women around the world was launched by the Television Trust for the Environment (TVE) on 19 October before an audience of 200 invited guests at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. ... more

ICPD 10 years on
TVE has made two programmes, broadcast on BBC World in October 2004, assessing progress 10 years after the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). ... more

Can condoms kill?
Hardliners in the Vatican say condoms can kill - they have holes in them and fail to protect against AIDS. Furthermore they claim there is science to prove it. ... more

Fistula Pilgrims
The film Fistula Pilgrims, was written, produced and directed by Nancy Durrell McKenna for Safehands in partnership with the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (FIGO). ... more

Sex and the Holy City
This week marks 25 years since Pope John Paul was elected to Saint Peter's throne. Yet as his reign is celebrated, millions of women around the world may feel they have reason to regret his long rule. ... more

Pandemic: Facing AIDS
Home Box Office (HBO), the premium television programming division of Time Warner Entertainment Company, has recently launched a new five-part documentary series in an attempt to remind us of the seriousness of the AIDS plague by sharing personal and compelling stories of individuals around the world who are living with it. ... more

Victory for women
"The Cairo Conference on Population and Development was crucial. It paid a long overdue debt to women, to look at family planning programmes not from a demographic point of view alone or as state policy, but from the point of view of the individual woman." ... more

Sex, Sin and Survival
Now available to non-governmental organisations and television stations worldwide is the one-hour population film previously listed as Conspiracy of Silence and now re-titled Sex, Sin and Survival. ... more

Apocalypse later
In 1992, Dr June Goodfield presented the two-part documentary The Cosmic Joke, a widely-acclaimed double bill which explored the linked issues of population, culture and resources with a focus on Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco and Ghana. ... more

Not the numbers game
Like teenagers the world over, they're moaning about their parents. But here, in Kapchorwe - home of the Sabiny people in the remote eastern mountains of Uganda - the argument turns on what is, potentially, a matter of life and death. "A women who has been circumcised can milk a cow," proclaims one girl, "But a girl who has not been circumcised cannot milk a cow. Parents say that if you milk a cow, the cow will die." "They are just trying to harass you," retorts her classmate, Justine, "so you are forced into circumcision." In the end, they all agree, the practice will only stop when both their parents and the wider community in Kapchorwe can all agree it is harmful, and that abolishing circumcision is not a wholesale attack on their culture. ... more

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