Posts By: Cat Lazaroff

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When environmental crises hit homes, women suffer the most   

While environmental changes affect everyone, due to existing gender inequalities, women often bear the bulk of the burden. In patriarchal societies, cultural, legal and political restrictions often undermine women’s adaptability and resilience to climate change. Read more of this opinion piece at IPS News Service.

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A reproductive win to reduce poverty?  

Between 2009 and 2013, Colorado offered free, IUDs and implants to 30,000 teens and women living below the poverty line. Four years later, teen pregnancies dropped by 40% as teen abortions declined by 42%. Results were similar for unmarried women under the age of 25 without high school diplomas. Now, other states are beginning to follow suit.

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Reflecting the world women want  

Increasingly, the GOP has become obsessed with controlling women’s bodies. On the eve of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, women fought back. One hundred women assembled early Sunday morning on July 17 across the river from the Quicken Loans Arena where the convention took place and bared it all in peaceful protest.

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Jumping through hoops  

Since the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling in 1973, abortion has been legal in the U.S. However, this right has been significantly curtailed by more than 280 state-enforced restrictions over the last six years. In comparison, regulations on gun ownership continue to be lax despite the gun violence epidemic.

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Want to help fight climate change? Start with reproductive rights  

“We cannot simultaneously champion fighting climate change without also fighting for the rights of women. The two are inextricably linked; they stand hand in hand. It’s about time we all stood up with them.” That’s the bottom line of a smart new post in The Guardian by blogger Madeleine Somerville. Somerville connects the dots between… Read more »

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A Tale of Two Panels  

How challenging will it be to feed the world’s population in 2050? Depends on how many people there are in 2050. And that number depends on a lot of things – not least of which is how many women are empowered to choose their family size with the help of modern contraception.

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Sex and sustainable development    

Where does sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) fit into a sustainable development agenda? Just about everywhere, according to a new set of briefing memos produced by the Universal Access Project (UAP), a project of the United Nations Foundation. From education to prosperity, health to gender equality and the environment, the rights of individuals… Read more »