Author Archives: Amy

More Than a Conference: Liberation, Leadership, and Liberia

Crossposted from the Huffington Post Monrovia, Liberia, March 7, 2009. The “International Colloquium on Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security 2009″ is about to get started. Presidents Johnson-Sirleaf (Liberia) – The first woman president in Africa! – and … Continue reading »

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In Their Own Beds: HIV and Marriage

This World AIDS Day, Population Action International is exploring a different side of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, one that many people might not even realize is an issue – the prevalence of HIV in marriage.  Our new documentary, The Silent Partner: … Continue reading »

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Gender Apartheid

This Los Angeles dinner started in a limo. This is not my usual transport when dining with my Ethiopian colleague Boge Gebre. But tonight I was introducing friends from different worlds. Our Los Angeles hosts generously provided the transportation. The … Continue reading »

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Population Pressure Puts Bread Lines on the Rise

Ellen Knickmeyer’s article “Egypt’s President Urges Family Planning” (June 11) effectively highlights the challenges that continued population growth can pose for countries’ development by increasing demands for jobs, food and education.  It has been shown the world over that investing … Continue reading »

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The Food We Eat, The Sex We Have — What’s A Country To Do?

I’ve been in Mexico for almost a week. There’s a growing behavior change challenge here: persuading Mexicans to change the way they eat and the way they have sex. Why change the way they eat? Diabetes is on the rise … Continue reading »

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Too Many? So Much?

Numbers: Billions, trillions, ga-zillions. When’s a number too big, too little, appropriate, effective? I mean, who gets numbers? It’s like gaggles of 3rd graders accelerating every conversation with their own numerical system: “My dad has a million!” “My mom saw … Continue reading »

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Mothers — It’s Complicated

There are always complicated issues around mothers. Being one, having one, not having one, wanting one, losing one, not being one. Personally, we love our mothers even when we don’t. Culturally, we revere them. Globally, we say how important mothers … Continue reading »

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Amy Coen on The Huffington Post: Climate Change And Women’s Issues Are More Connected Than You Think

Last week’s Earth Day celebration reminded me of the first one. As a college kid responding to the passionate calls to action punctuated by pounding music, I came away thinking that if I hadn’t already decided to work for women’s … Continue reading »

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Video Blog from Ethiopia

On a trip to Ethiopia, Amy Coen, President/CEO of Population Action International, had the opportunity to meet Dr. Bogaletch Gebra – affectionately called “Boge” — who is spearheading a national campaign to end the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). … Continue reading »

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