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Family Planning

Mali: The Shape of Things to Come?

Robert Walker | Posted 11.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Walker

Political extremism and terror do not arise in a vacuum. They feed on human suffering and stagnant hopes. Examine Mali closely, because the conditions which have given rise to conflict and terrorism there are prevalent throughout many parts of the developing world. Mali is a cautionary tale.

Empowering Women and Girls Through Family Planning: A Promise Worth Keeping

Beth Schlachter | Posted 11.12.2015 | Women
Beth Schlachter

The 24.4 million more women and girls using lifesaving contraception is 10 million fewer than we had hoped to reach by this time. If we continue at this rate, we risk missing our goal -- and leaving millions of women and girls without the care and services they need and deserve.

4 Innovative Ways to Keep Poor Children in School

Rhema Hokama | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Rhema Hokama

Children who live in the world's poorest regions are most likely to be deprived educational opportunities. In the developing world, children from the poorest households are four times less likely to be enrolled in school than those from the richest.

Help Women and Climate: Unite to Prevent Unintended Pregnancies Worldwide

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.24.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

A population explosion, a drought, and a draining aquifer. Add uncaring leadership, and this is the tragedy of Syria, from which refugees flee into a reluctant Europe, the latest example of how ever more people and extreme weather are creating resource conflicts and refugees worldwide.

Planned Parenthood Is What's Working

Caryn Andrea Lindsey | Posted 10.23.2015 | Impact
Caryn Andrea Lindsey

Planned Parenthood and other family-planning clinics hold a central place as part of a truly robust health care and health/safety education solution. They're working. And we need more -- not less -- support and building upon what's working.

Five Ways to Make Universal Access to Family Planning a Reality

Ward Cates | Posted 10.23.2015 | Impact
Ward Cates

Given the contributions that family planning can make to nearly all 17 of the goals, we think that universal access to family planning could be a Sustainable Development Goal of its own. How can we ensure that universal access to family planning becomes a reality? Here are five ways.

How To Get Contraception Into Hands Of 225 Million Women In Need

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.14.2015 | Impact

An estimated 225 million women worldwide want access to contraception, but can’t get it. It’s an injustice that persistently begs the que...

Ready for Leadership? Set Your Own Salary

Alexia Parks | Posted 10.01.2015 | Women
Alexia Parks

In a few weeks, I will be introducing Bianca Jagger at a breakfast in Denver hosted by America's Latino ECO Festival. According to MassMedia, Bianca Jagger is the highest-paid activist in the world. Over the past year, she pulled in $58 million between September 2014 and September 2015.

Defunding Planned Parenthood Wouldn't Affect Me -- And That Should Matter To Everyone

Michelle Tang | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Michelle Tang

While defunding Planned Parenthood won't make the slightest difference in my everyday life, it could dramatically impact already-marginalized women and negatively affect our economy. Here's why.

Even Planned Parenthood Haters Hated The House Oversight Hearing

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics

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Republican Attacks on Abortion Are Really Just Attacks on Women's Empowerment

John Seager | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics
John Seager

The GOP continues to go on an anti-abortion warpath that puts women's lives and well-being at risk. It's time for Republicans to come down from their paternalistic preachy perch.

Let's Not Be Squeamish About Family Planning's Fiscal Benefits

Pape Amadou Gaye | Posted 09.24.2015 | Impact
Pape Amadou Gaye

Family planning has changed the world for us all over the past few decades. But better health isn't the only advantage. There's another, though we in the global health field have often been hesitant about lauding it too loudly. I'm talking about the relationship between family planning to prosperity.

The Sperm, the Egg, and Pope Francis

David Morris | Posted 09.24.2015 | Religion
David Morris

For the last 47 years, while virtually every other Christian denomination has approved of birth control and the majority of Catholics use birth control regularly the Catholic Church has fiercely maintained its position that the sperm has a God-given right to try to get to the egg.

From Tanzania to Texas: Empowering Youth on World Contraception Day

Pamela Barnes | Posted 09.18.2015 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

Fear of talking about sex can translate into shame at any age, but particularly during the formative years, when young people are just starting to learn about themselves and their bodies.

What I Want My Kids to Remember About Their Childhood

Alison Chrun | Posted 09.18.2015 | Parents
Alison Chrun

As I stumble through the first handful of years of my kid's childhood, I'm often reminded of my own. My best childhood memories were when I was quite young, probably between the ages of 5 and 7 years old.

With Kenya's Youth, The Future Is Here: Invest to Reap Demographic Benefits

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 08.20.2015 | World
Siddharth Chatterjee

Kenya, is at the cusp of a "demographic dividend," which could transmute Kenya's fortunes in the first half of the 21st century -- but only if the country takes the right steps towards investing in the current youthful population.

How the Left Can Put the Planned Parenthood Debacle Behind It and Restore Integrity to the Abortion Debate

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

I grew up in a strict Catholic home, where there was zero tolerance of an alternative take on abortion. Partially in reaction, I've been pro-choice ...

The Most Powerful Partnership for a Better World: When Women and Men Communicate for Change

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

From an international level, let's get down to the national, regional and local level and see how can family planning be promoted and advocated, exploring one example from a developed country and one from a developing country

The $7 Billion Question That Will Go Unanswered

Robert Walker | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Robert Walker

In the spirit of an informed public debate, I have one question that I would like to have asked tonight, even if does not provoke a meaningful reply.

Culture or Contraception: What Drives High Fertility Rates in Eastern Uganda?

Orrin Tiberi | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Orrin Tiberi

Eastern Uganda is a sight to behold. The gentle tropical hills of Kampala slowly roll themselves out as they move east towards the source of the Nile River, giving way to a forested plain sporadically broken by winding valleys containing emerald green papyrus swamps and lime green rice patties.

Still Growing: The Latest World Population Projections

Robert Walker | Posted 07.29.2015 | World
Robert Walker

An estimated 225 million women in the developing world want to avoid a pregnancy, but are not using a modern method of contraception. These women need improved access to contraceptives and the ability to decide for themselves the spacing and timing of their pregnancies.

Family Planning and Climate Resilience: What is the Link?

Astrid Caldas | Posted 07.24.2015 | Green
Astrid Caldas

One might be tempted to say none. Among the many variables usually mentioned when discussing climate resilience, family planning is not a commonly heard one. However, in the context of development, there is a connection, and an interesting one.

Planning for the New School Year

Susie Wolbe | Posted 07.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Susie Wolbe

So far away, yet right around the corner. It's only July, yet that's exactly how it seems when thinking about the upcoming school year. The summer might provide a time for some rest and relaxation, but it's also a time to make plans.

The Most Invasive Question I Get Asked Daily

Julie Zack Yaste | Posted 07.13.2015 | Women
Julie Zack Yaste

It's such a slap in the face to inquire about one of the most emotionally charged and highly personal decisions in a person's life.

Five Big Questions for the Future of Global Family Planning

Pape Amadou Gaye | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Pape Amadou Gaye

Countries are catching on to the demographic dividends that come with robust family planning programs, which can help turn a low-income country into a middle-income country. In fact, for less than the cost of a cheeseburger per American per year, we could reduce the world's population growth by 500 million, saving mothers' and children's lives everywhere and helping poor countries prosper like never before. So what's the holdup? And who's being left behind?