Topic » Contraceptives and Condoms

Around the world, 222 million women want to prevent pregnancy but need contraception. Meeting women's needs for family planning and maternal and child health care would prevent 53 million unintended pregnancies each year, resulting in 14.5 million fewer abortions and 250,000 fewer women dying in pregnancy or childbirth annually. In addition, improving access to male and female condoms can significantly reduce the number of infections transmitted through sexual intercourse, including HIV.

PAI demonstrates that reproductive health services should be comprehensive and include a variety of contraceptive methods to meet the needs of women, men and young people. Meeting the demand for contraceptives would improve the health of women and the stability of their families and communities.


Advocacy Guide

Eight Facts About the Global Gag Rule

February 11, 2011

Ever since the Global Gag Rule (also known as the Mexico City Policy) was first introduced in 1984, conservative U.S. politicians have used abortion politics in the U.S. to block access to contraceptives for women in developing countries. Over and … Continue reading »



Kids, Condoms, Controversy

July 19, 2010

Pregnancy-related deaths are the leading cause of mortality for girls aged 15 to 19 worldwide. Cross-posted with OtherWords. A few weeks ago, a tiny resort community on the tip of Cape Cod found itself at the center of a national … Continue reading »


The U.N. Men’s Club

March 11, 2010

Originally published on Grist. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced an important new climate change financing group last week, but out of the 19 people named, no women were included. This is unfortunate because women will bear the brunt of the … Continue reading »


Don’t Mess Around in Texas

October 5, 2009

Originally posted on feministing. When I graduated from high school in San Antonio, Texas, I can remember at least two dozen girls (out of a class of 600) pregnant or already with babies. It may seem astonishing now, but it … Continue reading »


The Silent Partner: HIV in Marriage

September 1, 2009

The Silent Partner: HIV in Marriage examines the risk of HIV within marriage and the particular challenges facing married women. Conventional HIV prevention strategies do not meet the needs of married women who cannot practice abstinence, cannot control the faithfulness of their husbands, and find it difficult to negotiate condom use. Continue reading »


Screening PAI’s documentaries at Elon University

August 12, 2009

Kelly McCarty was International Advocacy Intern at PAI. Back at my university the semester after my internship, my cohorts in a student civic engagement club agreed, our peers at the university would be very interested in the research being done at … Continue reading »


More Than a Conference: Liberation, Leadership, and Liberia

March 13, 2009

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 »


Reflections on International Women’s Days Past

March 8, 2009

Jennifer Johnson is Writer/Editor at Population Action International. “One seething trembling sea of women.” These were the words Russian revolutionary and feminist Aleksandra Kollontai used to describe the one of the first International Women’s Day celebrations in 1911. The first … Continue reading »


The Struggle for Women’s Rights Continues in the Congo

March 6, 2009

Odunola Ojewumi is a student at Howard University. She is serving as List Management Intern at Population Action International for the Spring 2009 semester. On February 21st, I attended a meeting sponsored by Friends of The Congo. “It is our … Continue reading »


Female Genital Mutilation: Three Generations Later

March 6, 2009

Esraa Bani is an Administrative Assistant in the International Advocacy and U.S. Government Relations departments of Population Action International. A little four year old lay in bed wrapped in blankets. Her teeth were chattering and her body was warm with … Continue reading »