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Securing the Future With Youth Reproductive Health

John Seager | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
John Seager

Without the ability to control when and how to have a family, young people won't be able to drive the economic and social progress needed to secure a prosperous future for our planet and its inhabitants.

We Cannot Abandon Kenya's Mandera County as Medics Flee Islamist Attacks

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 12.04.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

This county needs doctors, teachers and other public servants more than any other. If more of these professionals leave Mandera, the people will suffer, especially women and girls.

Reimagine the Future: The Power of 1.8 Million Young People

Katja Iversen | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact
Katja Iversen

I have said it before, and I will say it again: Young people are not only the future, they are very much the present. And they are the ones who will define the world as we know it and as we want it.

How a GOP Congress Could Harm Women Worldwide

John Seager | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
John Seager

What do a 25-year-old woman in Dhaka, Bangladesh and an 18-year-old woman in Niamey, Niger have in common? Their lives could be threatened by destructive measures passed by the new GOP-controlled Congress.

In Southern Malawi, Reaping The Benefits Of Investing In Adolescent Girls

UN Women | Posted 10.30.2014 | Impact
UN Women

Mercy's parents are farmers who struggle to make ends meet. The eldest of six siblings, Mercy often went to bed hungry because the youngest had to eat first. She began the relationship hoping to ease the financial strains on her family. But instead, Mercy became pregnant.

The HeartString: Counting Where it Matters for Maternal Health

Barry Segal | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

Imagine it is pouring rain. You are deep in a village, it is nighttime with no electricity, no phone, and you are miles from a road. These are often the circumstances when Ato Rose, a traditional midwife in Northern Uganda, attends a birth.

Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya -- When Will It End?

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

Consider this: Nashiru, a practitioner of female genital mutilation (FGM) in a Maasai community in Kenya, says, "Cutting girls is something our people have done for hundreds of years. No one can convince us that it is wrong."

#ShowYourSelfie For Youth

Hugh Evans | Posted 10.12.2014 | Impact
Hugh Evans

#ShowYourSelfie is a visual petition with a difference. It's a platform to bring young people together, amplify and empower them to be seen and have their voices heard.

Why I Traveled To Ethiopia To Get My Birth Control

Joan Erakit | Posted 10.07.2014 | Women
Joan Erakit

The healthcare provider assured me that there was no need to make an appointment -- here at Mulu, patients came in and got family planning counseling services on a "walk in" basis. In addition, all family planning services and contraceptives were free. With the incentives mounting high and a full range of choices available, I could find no better place to start planning for my family.

2015, A Crucial Year

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

I was born in the early '90s, therefore I have little knowledge of what happened in the '80s about the massive spread of HIV/AIDS and the causes, preconceptions, concerns about the soaring death rates and news coverage about the disease.

Nigeria: Is Religion Used as an Excuse to Rape?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 09.22.2014 | World
Evelyn Leopold

One hundred days ago, Boko Haram, a diffuse Islamic sect, abducted 243 girls from a school in Chibok, Borno State, in northeast Nigeria They carted them off to unknown forest locations where they are still being held. Some who escaped told of gang rapes. So much for religion.

For a Better World for All

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

It is the nature of news -- and, sadly, terrible events happening elsewhere -- that the Chibok girls, and indeed, more Nigerian girls who have been kidnapped since, are no longer in the global spotlight.

We Can't Ignore Adolescent Reproductive Health

Kathy Calvin | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Kathy Calvin

Simply put: When we ignore the sexual and reproductive health of adolescent girls, they suffer, their families suffer, and their communities suffer.

mFistula: A Mobile-Based Film and Advocacy Initiative to Help End Obstetric Fistula

Lisa Russell | Posted 07.23.2014 | Impact
Lisa Russell

Regardless of the location, there are countless fistula stories about women who live in extremely remote areas or are too poor to afford the transportation to a facility where free services are available. They are left living their entire lives in physical and social discomfort.

Changing Lives, One Woman at a Time: Maternal Health in Kenya

Abbas Gullet | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
Abbas Gullet

Advancing the maternal and child health agenda in Kenya requires collective action from the international development community, donors and local organizations and communities.

Running Toward a Goal -- Margaret Kenyatta at the London Marathon

Abbas Gullet | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Abbas Gullet

Maternal health in Kenya needs vast improvement. Each day, 15 women and 290 children die as a result of pregnancy complications, giving birth, HIV and other curable and preventable childhood diseases.

International Women's Day: Sexual Violence and 'Honor Inequality' in India

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

March 8 is an important day in the calendar, but it is rendered meaningless by the grim reality that India is still a state where the rights of women remain vastly unequal; where institutions work to assist those who have money and influence, but remain utterly impervious to the misery of millions of women.

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?