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Smart Aid for the World’s Poor  

Posting in the category of “things we never thought we’d hear from the Wall Street Journal” today, we came across this stunning piece (pdf) on effective aid strategies. Despite the very conservative editorial bent of the paper, the story rightly notes that universal access to reproductive health is among the most “phenomenal” (and we quote!)… Read more »

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Humanitarian Heroes  

Tomorrow we mark World Humanitarian Day, a commemoration of the events of the 19th August 2003, when 22 aid workers were killed in a bombing at the UN headquarters in Baghdad. It’s a day to commemorate all the brave souls who have lost their lives in humanitarian service, and to celebrate the spirit that inspires… Read more »

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Multi-Faceted Problems, Integrated Solutions   

Women at the Center recently spoke with Lucy Shillingi, Pathfinder International’s Country Representative for Uganda. Lucy helps lead Health of People & Environment in Lake Victoria Basin, a project that aims to reduce ecosystem degradation while increasing access to family planning and reproductive health.

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Are women our best hope for fighting climate change?    

An inspiring and enraging piece on the First Summit on Women and Climate Change in Bali. Complete with beautiful images and powerful testimonies from indigenous women around the world. “There is no difference between fighting for women’s rights and fighting for environmental protection,” says (Mama Aleta) Baun of East Timor. “They are equal.”


Connecting the Dots on International Youth Day   

August 12 marks International Youth Day, and that’s a good thing because of the some 7 billion people now inhabiting our planet, half are under the age of 25 –the largest generation of young people ever. As we speak, governments are debating what the next international development agenda will look like. We are one year out… Read more »

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Worldwatch’s Bob Engleman: Pop-Environment Links  

As global environmental change accelerates, understanding how population dynamics affect the environment is more important than ever. It seems obvious that human-caused climate change has at least something to do with the quadrupling of world population over the last 100 years. But the evidence that slower population growth is good for the environment – logical… Read more »

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Climate and Population, a New Frame?  

The New York Times has taken up the burgeoning conversation linking population growth and the threats of climate chaos. In this week’s piece, the paper takes on both the sensitivities and promise of addressing population issues. Thankfully, reporter Eduardo Porter lands right where he should: it’s all about meeting women’s needs and desires to plan… Read more »

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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 »

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Learn how to advocate for reproductive health!  

If you’ve always wanted to learn more about how to advocate for reproductive health and rights, here’s your chance. The Sierra Club’s Global Population and Environment Program is offering an activist training this September, open to all ages and experience levels, that will focus on the connections between reproductive health, family planning, climate change, and sustainable development. Experts… Read more »

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Biodiversity and family planning – making the links  

Dr. Jeffrey McKee’s research on population and biodiversity was published in Human Ecology in June 2013. He joined other experts in a recent webinar to describe his research and its implications. “When it comes to addressing population growth,” Jeff said, “we need to do a better job with three pillars: education, the empowerment of women,… Read more »