Powerful and Creative Initiatives that Empower African Girls and Women

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Solving Africa’s population crisis is among the continents top priorities. The population in Africa is projected to jump from 1.1 billion today, to 2.4 billion by 2050. Furthermore, “of the 22 countries in the world with the highest fertility rates–where women have five or more children on average–all but 2 are in sub-Saharan Africa” (McManus). These rates of growth put a huge stress on the continent’s environmental and economic resources.

In the current issue of Sierra Magazine is the story, “One Women at a Time” by Reed McManus. This awesome article highlights the amazing and innovative efforts being taken to help solve population growth and women’s health issues. The article states, “Health and development experts, international agencies, and nongovernmental organizations agree that empowering women to make educated family- planning choices is the most effective way to solve Africa’s population crisis, whether via radio soap operas that present small families as role models, well-digging programs that enable girls to stay in school longer, or a pop-up nail salon where teens feel comfortable asking reproductive-health questions”. These creative ways of addressing community needs is exactly the type of action Women at the Center loves to see. We are also grateful to Sierra Club for being one of the few conservations group that are connecting family planning and sustainability in deep and thoughtful.