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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 »

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Can you say irony?   

It’s a shame organic food giant Eden Foods has failed to recognize the strong connections between access to modern contraception and a more sustainable world. Too bad – access to family planning services is not only vitally important for the health of women and girls, but also for the health of the human and natural communities. So… Read more »


It begins with the rights of one  

Sexual and reproductive health and rights matter to everyone. That’s the message in a new infographic created by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) that illustrates how empowering women and girls with the right to determine their our reproductive futures leads to better education for women, and more prosperous societies. Here at Women at the Center, we agree…. Read more »

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Why the Hobby Lobby decision is bad for everyone    

Last week, five members of the Supreme Court (none of them women) decided the religious beliefs of certain corporations outweigh a woman’s right to birth control coverage.



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