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Faith Leaders and Family Planning   

Today is International Human Rights day. On this occasion of honoring the human rights of people all over the world, we’re launching a beautiful visual story profiling sub-Saharan Christian faith leaders who champion family planning. These men of God are leading the charge for women’s and men’s access to the fundamental right of family planning tools.

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The Hefty Price of Child Marriage  

Over this past decade, some 140 million girls, most living in the developing world, have married before the age of 18, forcing them to drop out of school and become pregnant before their bodies and minds are ready.

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IUDs Under Fire from Family Planning Foes  

Perhaps it surprises you – or perhaps it does not – to learn that there are efforts afoot to prevent women from accessing IUDs.

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How Family Planning Could Help Slow Climate Change  

Niger is acutely vulnerable to climate change. It’s a large country, about twice the size of Texas, but only about 13 percent of the country is suitable for agriculture, and even that land is dry for much of the year. Much of the country is part of the Sahara Desert. Families are having a harder time each year eking out enough food from this parched land, and it’s difficult to provide enough pasture and water for their livestock, too.

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Climate-Resilient Development? We’re Doing It Already!    

The communities with whom we work in Madagascar clearly articulate the links they see between reproductive health, family size and food security. Their perspectives are not limited by the narrow and vertical approaches that characterize many development initiatives. With issues as cross-cutting as climate change, it is vital that we take a multi-sector approach, in a way that reflects the complexity of the interconnections between people, our health and the environment.

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Climate Change: What’s Family Planning Got To Do With It?  

For many, lack of access to basic sexual and reproductive health care compounds the livelihood and environmental pressures facing these communities. Climate change is predicted to exacerbate the development challenges already faced by many vulnerable and marginalized groups including women, and poor, rural populations who are highly dependent on natural resources and lack alternatives.

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Family Planning 2020 Progress Storify    

FP2020 launched its third annual progress report “Commitment to Action 2014-2015” on Thursday, November 12, and held a #FP2020Progress Twitter chat to celebrate and continue the momentum for family planning worldwide.