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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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.


Latino Eco-Fest in Boulder – Women’s Rights Need Representation

We are very excited to see the Latino Eco-Festival go down this weekend in Boulder, CO. Our friends from Latino Outdoors will be guests this year and it is always a delight to see the community celebrate diversity. The festival focuses on conservation, climate change, social justice, the arts and food systems. In the future… Read more »

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Reproductive Health Services Need To Be Youth Friendly  

We came across a great piece on a neglected issue today: “Underage: Addressing Reproductive Health and HIV Needs in Married Adolescent Girls.”, Over 70 million girls under 18 are married in the developing world; 16 million of those girls will have given birth by the end of the year. In addition, of the two million… Read more »

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Storytelling, Sustainable Development and Gender  

Reporters, editors and development leaders gathered at the UN this week for a panel on media strategies to foster sustainable development. Nosh Nalavala, Bureau Chief for MediaGlobal News, called on writers and editors to increase coverage of sustainable development, making issues of poverty, disease, hunger, and climate change a top priority, while Ambassador Guillermo Rishchynski… Read more »

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Anti-abortion law ruled unenforceable in Texas  

On Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014,  a federal appeals court in Austin, TX, ruled the anti-abortion law HB 2 unenforceable. The act, which would have gone into effect on Sept. 1, 2014,  would require abortion facilities to meet the same standards of ambulatory surgical centers in Texas. Andrea Grimes, senior political reporter from RH Reality Check… Read more »

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Should Christians Promote Contraception?  

Hundreds of thousands of women in poor countries die every year in childbirth—and millions of their babies die soon after being born. Should Christians promote contraception in these countries to reduce this pain and suffering? This Saturday on Up for Debate, host Julie Roys explores the issue with guests on both sides of the discussion. Increasingly, many evangelicals are siding with overseas family planners.

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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.”