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Large Returns from Small Investments in Women's and Children's Health

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

There are no excuses: The logic is clear and we must respond with strong commitment and decisive action; we must make it happen now.

Married Young: The Scourge of Child Brides in South Asia

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 03.13.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

Child marriage is both the symptom of a patriarchal society unwilling to let women progress and the cause of other gender-based issues such as economic marginalization and poor health care.

The High Price of Childhood Pregnancy

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Adolescent pregnancy diminishes the life opportunities of girls everywhere, but the cost goes beyond the burden borne by the girls themselves. And that is why it is our collective responsibility to address this problem.

We Are the Girls, We Are the Children!

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Young girls in other countries are not as lucky as their American peers. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) released a report indicating that every day, 20,000 girls under the age 18 give birth in developing countries.

Keep Women and Girls at the Heart of Development

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

In the 21st century, no woman should die bringing new life into the world. With just over 800 days remaining to the MDGs deadline, we must combine our efforts to tackle the causes of maternal death and prevent unintended pregnancies.

World Population Day: 18 Groups Taking Action

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 09.08.2013 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Thursday, July 11th, is World Population Day. The United Nations estimates that global population will swell to 9 billion by the year 2050. Most of t...

The Role Of Faith In Family Planning

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

"My primary concern is to save lives. God has give us knowledge and technology to improve our lives through science. Are we going to throw condoms out? We are resistant to science in questions of sexuality, but when you you have a heart attack you go to the operation room -- you are willing to accept science then."

Fistula's Youngest Victims

Kate Gilmore | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact
Kate Gilmore

We might say that to be injured by pregnancy or through birthing at age 25 is extremely sad; that at the age of 30, it is deeply traumatic, or maybe, that at the age of 40, it is devastating. But what words should we apply when pregnancy injures -- for life -- a 10-, 11- or 12-year-old?

Towards Universal Access for Reproductive Health in the Philippines

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 03.25.2013 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

A new law that went into force on January 16 in the Philippines requires the government to meet the unmet need for voluntary family planning information and supplies, especially for the country's poorest people and marginalized groups.

'Meeting the Unmet Needs': Family Planning as a Fundamental Human Right

ZP Heller | Posted 02.20.2013 | Impact
ZP Heller

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) made headlines in November when its annual report referred to family planning as a "universal human right" and revealed a shocking 222 million who want and would use family planning services still lack vital access.

Delivering a World Where Every Pregnancy Is Wanted

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 01.14.2013 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Aaround 222 million women, largely in the poorest countries, want to use modern family planning methods but can't access them. This has a seriously damaging impact not just on their lives, but on the health and strength of their families and communities.

Harnessing the Potential of Older People

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 12.12.2012 | World
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

In every continent and almost every country, our population is growing older. Yet, there is little sign so far that all the right policies and actions needed have been put in place to create a world in which all generations can flourish.

Old Before Rich?

Michael Hodin | Posted 12.09.2012 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

Ageing In The 21st Century: A Celebration And A Challenge is a big deal as it gives the full recognition that an older world - more of us over 60 than under 14 by mid century - is, indeed a global matter.

Young Diplomacy

Alex Wirth | Posted 12.06.2014 | World
Alex Wirth

On a rainy morning in Moscow this May, I sat at a table listening to Russia's best students articulate, in perfect English, their concerns with the United States' anti-ballistic missile system and explain their hope for the future of Russia.

Another Blow Against Women -- House Appropriations Committee Votes to Defund UNFPA

Valerie DeFillipo | Posted 07.17.2012 | Impact
Valerie DeFillipo

Reproductive rights are human rights, but apparently not in the minds of House Appropriators.

Remembering and Honoring Our Mothers

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 07.10.2012 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

We often forget that mothers need support too, but this Mother's Day can help us to focus on the lifeline that women extend to us.

Don't Forget the Girls

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 06.18.2012 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

At UNFPA, we work to make every pregnancy wanted, every child birth safe and to give every young person the opportunity to realize their full potential. Today, there are 500 million adolescent girls in the developing world. Their full potential has yet to be fulfilled.

Family Planning: Making the Fundamental Human Right a Reality

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 06.09.2012 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Providing for the unmet need for family planning requires not only tearing down the barriers that women and adolescents face in their homes and communities, but also expanding the availability of quality information, supplies and services.

What Women Really Want for Valentine's Day

Robert Engelman | Posted 04.14.2012 | Impact
Robert Engelman

Access to family planning and other reproductive health services safeguard the lives of women and their children and promote families that are emotionally and economically healthy.

"We Don't Divorce Little Girls," Said the Judge. "But How Come You Allow Little Girls to Get Married?" Said the Little Girl.

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 03.02.2012 | World
Evelyn Leopold

The statistics for maternal mortality have improved by 34 percent. That means a woman is no longer dying every minute, but one woman is still dying every minute and a half.

Zero Tolerance of Violence a Must So All Women Live to Fullest Potential

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 02.01.2012 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Violence against women and girls reflects and reinforces inequities between men and women and compromises the health, dignity, and security of its survivors.

Occupy The World

Christy Turlington Burns | Posted 01.06.2012 | Impact
Christy Turlington Burns

If we truly value humanity, life and all that it represents in its highest form, then we need to do all that we can to promote quality of life over the quantity of life.

Laura Bassett

House Republicans Cut More Funding For Women's Health

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

The House Foreign Affairs Committee approved a bill on Wednesday that zeroes out U.S. aid to the United Nations Population Fund, a women and children'...

Man Up!

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 09.27.2011 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Being a real man means saying no to gender-based violence and discrimination, and respecting the rights of girls and women.

Back to Bangladesh -- Day 2

Christy Turlington Burns | Posted 08.21.2011 | Women
Christy Turlington Burns

Narshingdhi, in Bangladesh, is a community that has suffered the losses of too many women in pregnancy and so has organized itself to make a change.