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Between a Woman and Her Doctor is No Place for U.S. Policy

September 8, 2014

You’ve probably heard of this summer’s Supreme Court decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby that let employers pick and choose what birth control methods they would cover, inserting themselves in a key decision between a woman and her doctor. Many … Continue reading »

Helms Amendment Blocks Aid to African Women

August 14, 2014

This week, the White House hosted a summit of African leaders focused on “Investing in the Next Generation.” The summit was the latest in a series of steps by the Obama Administration to strengthen ties to Africa and discuss new … Continue reading »

A Harsh Climate for Women

August 1, 2014

Experts have been issuing warnings for years about the impact of climate change. Just this week, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that last month was the hottest June on record. Yet even with some increasing recognition of … Continue reading »

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 »