Topic » Gender

A woman’s ability to plan her family is critical to gender equality and empowerment. Unplanned pregnancies that result from a lack of contraceptives impede a woman’s ability to support herself. For teenage girls, early pregnancy often brings an end to education – a 2008 study in Uganda found that one-third of adolescent mothers dropped out of school, and that young mothers were half as likely to be able to support themselves and more likely to experience gender-based violence. When women are decision-makers in their families, they spend more resources on their children’s nutrition, health care and education.

PAI works to empower women through reproductive health care. We advocate for gender to be considered in policymaking on issues ranging from climate change to HIV treatment.

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Policy Brief

The Key to Achieving the MDGs

September 15, 2010

Universal Access to Family Planning and Reproductive Health The MDGs offer precise time-bound targets for promoting global development. MDG Target 5B calls for universal access to reproductive health care. By adding this target, world leaders reaffirmed that access to reproductive … Continue reading »

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What Works for Women and Girls: Evidence for HIV/AIDS Interventions

July 15, 2010

by Jill Gay, Karen Hardee, Melanie Croce-Galis, Shannon Kowalski, Chanelle Gutari, Claire Wingfield, Kimberly Rovin, Kristine Berzin With women now making up half of those living with HIV worldwide, there is increasing interest among governments and donors in addressing the … Continue reading »

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Questions and Answers on Female Genital Mutilation

January 2, 2007

Q. What is female genital mutilation (FGM)? A. Female genital mutilation (sometimes erroneously called “female circumcision”) refers to three different kinds of cutting procedures performed on the external genitalia (vulva) of young girls or women. The three basic types of FGM are: … Continue reading »

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Closing the Gender Gap in Education: Is There Evidence of Short-term Declines in Adolescent Fertility?

May 1, 2006

Sarah Haddock and Richard P. Cincotta Britain’s recent pledge of US$15 billion to fund education in developing countries over the next ten years comes as good news for the estimated 493 million school-age children who are not enrolled in school, … Continue reading »

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