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Family Planning

'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.

Help Save a Life: Support Family Planning

WINGS | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact
WINGS

Access to family planning methods can be a powerful force for change in the lives of many families in Guatemala and other developing countries. More than 200 million women in developing countries have an unmet need for contraception.

Family Planning Helps People Thrive in a Changing World

John Seager | Posted 07.23.2013 | World
John Seager

Those likely to face the most devastating effects of climate change are people -- especially women -- in the poorest parts of the world. People already eking out a living will face serious new challenges to their ability to provide for their families. So how can we best help them?

Building a Family: Is Going Into Debt for In Vitro or Adoption Worth It?

Carrie Smith | Posted 07.20.2013 | Parents
Carrie Smith

In the end, it's a personal decision to take on debt to create the family you desire. Beyond the emotional aspects, there are quite a few financial decisions that need to be thought about and carefully planned out.

Women & Sustainability: Why They Need Each Other in a Post-MDG World

Carmen Barroso | Posted 07.20.2013 | Impact
Carmen Barroso

Next week, women and policymakers from around the world will gather in Malaysia to foment a revolution. Their call? Investment of a different kind, investment in girls and women for the sake not only of people, but also for the planet.

Why Delegates at the World Health Assembly Should Double Down on 13

Nicole Schiegg | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Nicole Schiegg

The number 13 has long been linked to a belief of bad luck and misfortune. Well, today that superstition has changed. More importantly, if we do right by the number 13, we have the potential to save six million women and children over the next five years. How is that possible?

Let Them Eat... Insects?

Robert Walker | Posted 07.16.2013 | Green
Robert Walker

I must confess that I was little troubled by a UN report this week that suggested that eating more insects may be just what we need to feed the more than 9 billion people that are projected to inhabit the planet by mid-century.

Prenatal Testing: It's Just Information, Not Answers -- or a Guarantee

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

The pace of genetic research is stunning and exciting. But there is more to life and health than genetics.

Making Mother's Day Special for All Expecting Mothers

Dr. Gail Christopher | Posted 07.11.2013 | Parents
Dr. Gail Christopher

For most mothers, many of the determining health factors are in play long before the pregnancy. Diet throughout life and the stress level throughout life have a strong bearing on whether the mother has a healthy pregnancy. This is why it's so critical that we have healthy communities.

Jeremy Grantham Has Bad News and Good News

Robert Walker | Posted 07.07.2013 | Green
Robert Walker

Grantham's greatest concern, though far from his only one, is that the world's farmers may not be able to produce enough food at affordable prices to feed the 9 billion or so people that are projected to inhabit the planet by mid-century or sooner.