Posts By: Belinda Griswold

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Yes to Universal Access!  

Our friends and funders at the UN Foundation’s Universal Access Project have unveiled a beautiful new website that tells the inspiring, heartbreaking and essential stories about meeting women’s needs and desires for voluntary family planning. We’re especially excited to see the new Why We Care youth contest, inviting young people from the USA to contribute… Read more »

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Oldie but Goodie: Jimmy Carter Rocks!  

Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God. I have been a practising Christian all my life and a deacon and Bible teacher for many years. My faith is a source of strength and comfort to me, as religious beliefs are to hundreds of millions of people around the world. So my decision to sever my ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, after six decades, was painful and difficult. It was, however, an unavoidable decision when the convention’s leaders, quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses and claiming that Eve was created second to Adam and was responsible for original sin, ordained that women must be “subservient” to their husbands and prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service.

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UMC + Sierra Club: Women Combat Climate Change    

“We are either going to have a future where women lead the way to make peace with the Earth or we are not going to have a human future at all.” This quote from Vandana Shiva was used to set the hearts and minds of more than 40 advocates who joined the Jan. 28 webinar,… Read more »

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We Heart PAI  

Congrats to our friends and partners at PAI on their 50th anniversary, their smart, strategic rebrand, and their always fresh and committed frame of focusing on women’s reproductive and sexual rights around the world. This week PAI announced a new name. No longer Population Action International because let’s face it, that sounds kind of 70’s… Read more »

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The Other Glass Ceiling for Women  

Sometimes, the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. That was possibly the case last year when the UN held two separate conferences on climate change and population, respectively. Just to suggest that the two ideas might be interrelated is understandably triggering for some. In the not so distant past, conversations about… Read more »

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LA Times: Climate Change and Population Growth    

A recent LA Times editorial took the bull by the proverbial horns on climate change and population, and we applaud the paper for its frank and wide-ranging discussion of these complex and sensitive issues.

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Flashmobs for SRHR in Viet Nam!  

Nearly 3,000 students from 30 universities took part in flash mobs across Viet Nam to raise awareness of sexual and reproductive health issues. The activists converged on the grounds of a popular music festival series, performing up to six flash mobs per day in six major cities, reaching hundreds of thousands of young people with… Read more »

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In Uganda’s Lake Victoria Basin, HoPE is alive   

I want you to first understand that people don’t lead their lives in silos. You see, the drivers of extreme poverty—like poor health, food insecurity or gender inequality—are undeniably interconnected. A person is not just affected by one, but a combination: one’s livelihood may depend on cutting down trees. Cut down too many trees, and the resulting environmental degradation jeopardizes that livelihood, which affects the family’s health and food security. It’s all connected.

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7 Family Planning Trends to Watch in 2015  

This year promises to be an interesting one for international family planning. Here are seven issues and trends to watch for from our friends at Devex.  

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Adding It Up Is Back!  

Guttmacher Institute’s gold-standard research on the need for sexual and reproductive health services and commodities has been updated, and it’s a key resource for all those advocating for the needs of the over 225 million women (conservatively) worldwide who want, but don’t have access to, modern contraception. It’s also an excellent resource on the cost-benefit analysis of providing family planning for all who want it. Spoiler alert: it’s a ridiculously good deal. As you might have guessed.