Author Archives: Danielle Zielinski

In the Post-2015 Agenda, Youth Deserve a Seat at the Grown-Ups Table

More than half of the world’s population is under 25. Youth are not merely an ‘interest group’ in the Post-2015 agenda, and they deserve more than a thematic consultation or Google+ Hangout with the decision makers, the grown-ups. It is … Continue reading »

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What We’re Reading: Is Climate Change Causing Violence? 100 People to Watch, and More…

PAI has a long history of examining and advocating for the links between population, gender, family planning, climate and environment. So we’re always excited when we see others in the media making those connections as well. Check out some of … Continue reading »

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Open Letter From a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer

Since 1979, Congress has prohibited the Peace Corps from covering abortion services for its volunteers and trainees, including in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at risk. It’s a dangerous double standard that leaves volunteers … Continue reading »

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Catherine Russell Confirmed as Global Women’s Issues Ambassador

Congratulations to Catherine Russell, whom the Senate recently confirmed as Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. We know she’ll be a powerful voice for women and girls around the world can’t wait to work with her on expanding access to family … Continue reading »

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It’s Time for Congress to Do Its Part for Peace Corps Volunteers

Serving in the United States Peace Corps is an incredible experience for so many volunteers. My experience in Benin, West Africa inspired my commitment to international education and women’s issues. At the same time, a tragedy that occurred during my … Continue reading »

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You Get What You Pay For: Contraception is Cost-Effective, So Why Cut It?

  Fact: Contraception saves lives. Fact: Contraception saves money. Fact: Politicians are trying to cut funding for contraception, at home and abroad. Yeah, it doesn’t make sense to us either. This week, a new study from the Guttmacher Institute found that … Continue reading »

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Is the Kenyan Government Serious About Reducing the Unmet Need for Contraceptives?

The Kenyan government talks a good game when it comes to providing family planning. Year in and year out, our government ministries including the Ministry of Health (MOH) present their budget proposals, supposedly based on the priorities and needs of … Continue reading »

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Senate Appropriators Shame House Counterparts on Family Planning

After yesterday’s disappointing House committee markup of the FY 2014 State Department and foreign operations bill, women’s health advocates enthusiastically applaud the actions of the Senate Appropriations Committee in approving a far superior version of the bill with proposals for … Continue reading »

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The Peace Corps Equity Act: We Owe It To Each Other

Many young people cannot imagine spending two years away from friends and family just as they are about to embark on a promising career path—let alone in a developing country.  For me, it seems almost unbelievable that my Peace Corps … Continue reading »

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Deja Vu in the House Appropriations Committee as Family Planning Takes a Hit

This morning, the Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee voted to approve a bill that includes dangerous cuts to international family planning and destructive policy “riders.” The legislation is virtually identical to last year’s House bill in its hostile funding and policy … Continue reading »

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