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The Women at the Center blog features stories and tips on connecting women’s empowerment and sustainability. You can sort this content by Issue area, or search using the tag cloud on the right.

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Memorable Moments from International Women’s Day 2017  

March 8th marks one of the most important days for Women at the Center: International Women’s Day. Given this year’s unsteady political climate, women had a lot to talk about – much more than usual.

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4 Reasons Why Religious Leaders Should Support Family Planning  

When it comes to family planning, religion can play a crucial role particularly in countries with a state religion. Christian Connections for International Health and the Churches Health Association of Zambia recently teamed up to make a series of videos featuring Zambian religious leaders explaining why they support family planning.

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What Neil Gorsuch could mean for the future of Roe V. Wade  

Since the death of Justice Scalia last February, there has been a huge debate on who would fill his chair in the U.S. Supreme Court. On January 31st, President Trump announced his nominee – Federal Judge Neil Gorsuch.

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How the Global Gag Rule will do more harm than good  

Trump is not wasting time. Three days into his term, President Trump reinstated the Global Gag Rule. This executive order, first established in 1984 by Ronald Reagan, forbids international non-governmental organizations from receiving U.S. government funding if they perform, discuss, or even mention abortion services.

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Paul Ryan’s plan to defund Planned Parenthood meets strong opposition  

The GOP’s mission to control women’s bodies continues, most recently with an announcement by the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan. “Planned Parenthood legislation would be in our reconciliation bill,” Ryan stated last week during a news conference.

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Women Cannot Afford the Repeal of Obamacare

According to Gretchen Borchelt at the National Women’s Law Center, 19 million women were uninsured in the United States before Obamacare. After its enactment, “nine in ten of every women had insurance.”

“Whether you’re a Trump supporter or a Clinton supporter, I think that you’ll find there’s much in [Obamacare] that you support.”

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Hidden Connections: Climate Change, Poverty and Child Marriage   

Across the world, climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of natural disasters. The environmental, economic and social impacts of these environmental disasters are felt the worst by those living within impoverished and hazardous areas.

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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.