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Women and the New Global Development Agenda

Dawn Laguens | Posted 10.02.2013 | Impact
Dawn Laguens

Where women succeed, communities prosper -- from Texas to Thailand. This is the basic premise that Planned Parenthood and civil society organizations around the world have brought to the table in the global conversation around how best to reduce poverty and foster sustainable development.

What I'm Not Worried About The Third Time Around

Monica Bielanko | Posted 09.27.2013 | Parents
Monica Bielanko

Learning you're pregnant with a third is different, at least for me. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by all the details of pregnancy and parenting, I feel calm and excited.

Morsi's Choice, Democracy, and the Fate of the World

Robert Walker | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
Robert Walker

Democratic rule is always preferable to authoritarian rule, but that does not mean that democratically-elected governments -- including Morsi's -- always make wise decisions... or make them in time to avert disaster.

Creative Placemaking Changes The Look and Feel of Cities and Towns Across America

John M. Eger | Posted 09.16.2013 | Impact
John M. Eger

The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) announced 59 new grants this week that will help American communities prepare themselves for the new economy....

Are You the Nurse?

Nancy Leigh Harless | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Nancy Leigh Harless

"You are the nurse?" Terese asked hesitantly. "For my sister," she went on, "you have medicine to make no more babies?"

Why Plan B Gets an A: When It Comes to Birth Control, More Options Improve Reproductive Choices

Sara Gottfried, M.D. | Posted 09.14.2013 | Women
Sara Gottfried, M.D.

I believe that more reproductive choice trumps the potential risks of synthetic hormones being available over the counter.

Give Women and Girls the World

John Seager | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
John Seager

Demand that your lawmakers support funding for international family planning programs -- $1 billion is America's fair share. Talk to your friends and family about how all women -- not just the lucky residents of developed nations -- deserve to make choices about their own futures.

FP2020: Plans, Partnerships and Progress - One Year On

Valerie DeFillipo | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
Valerie DeFillipo

Our work does make a difference. This is what Family Planning 2020 is all about: reaching women, no matter where they live, with the information, services and supplies they need. Program by program, clinic by clinic, and woman by woman.

Women at the Center of a Sustainable World

Veda Ward | Posted 09.10.2013 | Religion
Veda Ward

In our church, Healthy Families and a Healthy Planet are two sides of the same coin. Today, on World Population Day, I'm looking at both sides with inspiration and appreciation for the world we could all share the ability to carefully plan one's family were available to all.

'I Have Seen My Friends Die': Why We Need to Talk Frankly About Girls' Reproductive Health

Purnima Mane | Posted 09.08.2013 | Impact
Purnima Mane

In virtually every country in the world, there are disproportionate barriers for young people -- particularly young women -- when they seek contraception or access to information and commodities to practice safer sex. And this must stop.

World Population Day and 'Failing States'

Robert Walker | Posted 09.08.2013 | World
Robert Walker

When women everywhere enjoy gender equality and access to family planning and reproductive health services, World Population Day will be a cause for universal celebration, but we are not there yet.

Let's Talk About Sex

Pamela Barnes | Posted 09.02.2013 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

Unlike what its name suggests, World Population Day is not just a day about numbers -- it's about people. It's a day designated to reaffirm everyone's right to plan the families they want, not what their circumstances dictate.

The Rise and Fall (Again) of the Dreaded Birth Dearth

Robert Walker | Posted 08.28.2013 | Green
Robert Walker

Given the challenges posted by climate change and the rising costs of fuel and fertilizer, no one knows whether farmers will be able to produce enough food at affordable prices to feed the projected 9.6 billion people just 37 years from now.

Infertility Saved My Life

Julia Indichova | Posted 08.27.2013 | Women
Julia Indichova

One day, in a last-ditch effort to prop up my wilting ovaries, I decided on a physical and emotional overhaul. I thought if I don't get pregnant, at least I'll be the healthiest I've ever been.

Proudly Advocating for Love and Freedom

Rea Carey | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Rea Carey

The LGBTQ equality and reproductive justice movements are so closely aligned in values but too frequently siloed off as unrelated. Reproductive justice and LGBTQ equality are not only rooted in the same principles, but many of our core issues overlap.

A Woman's Worth

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Suzanne Ehlers

There's not just one woman, or 10, or 1,000. There's already 222 million women who want to access contraception, but can't.

An Urgent Need: Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for Refugee Adolescents

Sarah Costa | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Sarah Costa

The disintegration of community and family structures weakens traditional protection mechanisms and alters behavioral patterns. As a result, child-bearing risks are extremely high, sexual violence and exploitation is pervasive and forced or early marriage is not uncommon.

Time to Deliver for Women: The Post-2015 Agenda

Serra Sippel | Posted 08.06.2013 | World
Serra Sippel

May was a great month for showcasing the centrality of women to every single goal on the international agenda for development and poverty eradication. Dare I call it a watershed moment? It depends on what happens next.

Providing Real Choice for Women in Developing Countries

Saundra Pelletier | Posted 07.31.2013 | Impact
Saundra Pelletier

The supply chain for contraceptives is complex and perhaps less glamorous than other interventions to improve women's health. But if we are to meet our promises from the London Summit and at Women Deliver, we must at a minimum succeed in four areas.

Good Advice for Twenty-Somethings: Life Is Happening Now

Karin Agness | Posted 07.31.2013 | Women
Karin Agness

We need to act now to take steps toward becoming the adults we want to be. Not when we reach 30, 40 or some other supposedly magic age when everything will just work out.

She's Too Tired to Push -- That's Why We Must

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 07.31.2013 | Impact
Suzanne Ehlers

I know our agenda is demand-driven. More than 200 million women in the developing world want access to contraception that they cannot get.

What the World Needs Now Is Girl-Centered Advocacy

Denise Dunning | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Denise Dunning

Following a gradual evolution of development priorities, the global community now recognizes that investing in girls is one of the most successful strategies to alleviate poverty, reduce infant and maternal mortality, and improve health and educational outcomes.

Women Deliver. How About Men?

Robert Walker | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Robert Walker

Gender equality is a moral imperative, but it is also an economic and social imperative. No country, no society, however industrious or blessed with resources it may be, will ever reach its full potential so long as women are denied theirs.

Time to Bridge the Gap for Women's Health

Serra Sippel | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact
Serra Sippel

With the post-2015 development goals due to the UN Secretary-General at the end of the month, Women Deliver 2013 will be a rallying call to ensure that women and girls -- and their rights and health -- are central to the future of global development.

Are You Certain That Your Divorce Is All Your Spouse's Fault?

Mark Baer | Posted 07.22.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

If you can think of even one positive thing that ever occurred from blaming others, please continue doing so. We can't change others, but we can change the way in which we act and react. Maybe people would benefit from accepting responsibility, instead of blaming others.