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Sex in the City: As Cities Grow, Are We Forgetting the Urban Poor?

July 11, 2014

Today, 3.9 billion of us live in cities. That’s more than half the world’s population. By 2050, two-thirds of us will live in urban areas. Today is World Population Day, and this week the United Nations Population Division released the … Continue reading »

Republican family values put women’s lives in danger worldwide

July 2, 2014

Last week, a committee in the US House of Representatives approved a spending bill that would slash funding for international family planning and reimpose a harmful policy that reduces contraceptive access and tramples on the rights of healthcare providers. On … Continue reading »

Why They Care: Reproductive Health Champions Spotlight Personal Connections To Development, Environment, More

May 1, 2014

“Saving the planet depends on women achieving full human rights, and that begins with reproductive rights,” writes the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Frances Beinecke in a new set of essays on reproductive health published by the United Nations Foundation and the Aspen … Continue reading »

Why We Care: Champions for Reproductive Health

April 23, 2014

In 1996, when I was living in Poumayassi in the Central African Republic, a woman came to my door in the middle of the night carrying a bloody piece of firewood. The blood was hers; her husband had used the … Continue reading »

In Pakistan, More Questions Than Answers When It Comes To Family Planning

April 10, 2014

Imagine you’re a woman living in Pakistan who would like to decide if and when to have children. You’re going to school, or you’ve got a job, or you’ve had a child and simply want some space before your next … Continue reading »

Day 2 Recap: Keeping Youth and Human Rights in Focus

April 8, 2014

As the 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) progressed today, we encountered new roadblocks. Not about grounds passes and room reservations (much of that has been resolved — bravo!), but about the very essence of this … Continue reading »

Africa Vulnerable to Climate Change, Warns PACJA

April 8, 2014

The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) has warned African leaders of grave consequences of climate change if high rates of deforestation are not immediately stopped on the continent. Samson Ogallah, the Program Manager of PACJA, says climate change will … Continue reading »

Pakistan Needs to Empower Women to Boost Its Economy

February 26, 2014

Pakistan is at a crossroads, and not for the reasons you might think. Data from the latest Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey show the country has an opportunity to seize an economic boost, but only if it can accelerate fertility decline and … Continue reading »

Population a Key Part of Environmental Management in Lake Victoria and Lake Chilwa Basins

February 17, 2014

Managing population growth is key to environmental conservation and water management in Africa’s Lake Victoria and Lake Chilwa basins, participants heard at a recent event at Washington, DC-based think tank the Wilson Center. At the event, “From Victoria to Chilwa: … Continue reading »

The Unsung Heroine of Economic Development

January 31, 2014

This week, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation released their annual letter, all about the myths that block progress for the poor. Economic development is a complicated puzzle, and there are no easy solutions. But as the letter points out, there … Continue reading »