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#ShowYourSelfie For Youth

Hugh Evans | Posted 08.12.2014 | 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 08.08.2014 | 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 07.24.2014 | 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 07.23.2014 | 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 07.23.2014 | 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?

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 08.19.2012 | 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.