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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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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.

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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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In landmark 5-3 decision, Supremes affirm reproductive rights  

Today’s Supreme Court decision on reproductive rights inspired a huge sigh of relief for women and men across the U.S. Easily the most critical abortion ruling since the 1992 case, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the High Court upheld the undue burden standard that if any law imposes a “substantial obstacle” to a fundamental human right, it is dubbed unconstitutional.

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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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The surprising link between climate change and violence against women  

We’re not all at equal risk when it comes to these effects. It is well established by global experts in disaster management that the vulnerability of people during and after disasters actually varies based on class, ethnicity, gender, disability, and age.