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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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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.

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One year later: Women rebuilding Nepal  

On April 25, 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, leveling entire villages and bringing destruction and devastation. Less than three weeks later, another 7.3-magnitude quake shook the country. The aftershocks brought landslides and new dangers, impeding survivors’ efforts to find loved ones, seek shelter, and rebuild. “A lot was lost in the dreadful event—more than 8,600 people… Read more »

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Youth, Sex, & Earth Day  

Today, 150 world leaders will sign the Paris Climate Agreement in New York City. This will be the largest single signing of an international agreement in world history. Climate activist, eco hip hop artist, and Earth Guardian youth director Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh, aka Kid Warrior, will be attending the signing of the agreement and speaking in… Read more »

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Will Colorado falter or continue its progress on reproductive rights?  

The 49th session of the Commission on Population and Development took place at the UN headquarters in NYC this week. The task at hand this year was to identify ways to integrate population issues into the sustainable development agenda. For us, April 14 stood out as an especially inspiring day of the gathering because it… Read more »