Posts By: Belinda Griswold

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Reaching New Heights: The Case for Measuring Women’s Empowerment  

In the, fabulous-things-you-might-have-missed category, we came across this stunning report from CARE on one of the most successful efforts the world has seen at reducing child malnutrition. Published in 2012, the astounding results of a Bangladeshi program named SHOUHARDO are a testament to the effectiveness of smart foreign aid and underscore why greater gender equality… Read more »

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What We’re Reading: New Study Misses the Point on Family Planning   

By PAI’s Danielle Zielinski, Senior Communications Officer   Last week, there was a flurry of media attention around a new study out of Australia that claimed the world’s growing population is just going to keep on growing, destroying the planet, and there’s nothing we can do about it. The Washington Post’s Wonkblog was one of… Read more »

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Joyce Banda Rocks  

We love this recent graphic from Devex so much we just HAD to share it with everyone! Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi, is an incredibly inspiring leader and champion for women’s reproductive health and rights, and a member of Aspen Institute’s Global Leaders’ Council for Reproductive Health . This quote from her, shared through… Read more »

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Indonesia’s family planning program: From stagnation to revitalization  

Developing countries aiming to build strong family planning programs often look to Indonesia as a model — and with good reason. For years, Indonesia had one of the strongest and most successful national family planning initiatives in the world. With the backing of Muslim leaders, the country doubled its contraceptive prevalence rate to nearly 60 percent between 1976 and 2002, and halved its fertility rate from 5.6 to 2.6 children per woman. This undoubtedly helped lay the groundwork for Indonesia’s rapid and impressive annual economic growth of at least 5 percent since 1980.

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Breaking taboos, pioneering innovation for women’s health  

Struck by his wife’s statement that she could either have milk or sanitary napkins, Arunachalam Muruganantham, a man from a poor household who dropped out of school at age 14, decided to do something. He wanted to get to the bottom of why women in his community were using rags instead of sanitary towels, rags so dirty that he would not even use them to clean his scooter.

I Went to UNGA, and All I Got Were These Five Questions    

As the dust settles on an exciting United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly, A. Tianna Scozzaro of PAI reflects on all that went down last week, and what it means for the post-2015 development process moving forward.

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The obvious relationship between climate and family planning — and why we don’t talk about it  

Recently, Robert Engelman and Samuel Codjoe published an article at Grist titled, “Hey, UN: Climate Change and Population are related.” They pointed out the fact that the United Nations would soon be hosting back-to-back conferences about population and climate change respectively, and they lamented that neither conference would likely address the concerns of the other. “That will be a missed opportunity,” they said, “because scientific research increasingly affirms that the two issues are linked in many ways.” Engelman and Codjoe are not the only ones asking for a more open conversation about the relationship between family planning, population, and climate change.

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On the Path Past 9 Billion, Little Crosstalk Between U.N. Sessions on Population and Global Warming  

The United Nations and the streets of Manhattan are going into global warming saturation mode, from Sunday’s People’s Climate March through the Tuesday climate change summit convened by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and on through an annual green-energy event called Climate Week. Largely missed in much of this, as always seems the case with climate change discussions, is the role of population growth in contributing both to rising emissions of greenhouse gases and rising vulnerability to climate hazards in poor places with high fertility rates (think sub-Saharan Africa).

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Universal access to reproductive health care: A global obligation and opportunity  

Eleanor Roosevelt once said universal human rights begin in the small places close to home — and there’s no area closer to home than a person’s sexual and reproductive health.Right now, over 222 million girls and women around the world have an unmet need for modern contraception. As long as any girl or woman is denied quality reproductive health services and information, our work securing human rights remains incomplete.