Family & Community
When women are empowered to plan their childbearing, families and communities are healthier, happier and more resilient.
March 8th marks one of the most important days for Women at the Center: International Women’s Day. Given this year’s unsteady political climate, women had a lot to talk about – much more than usual.
Since the death of Justice Scalia last February, there has been a huge debate on who would fill his chair in the U.S. Supreme Court. On January 31st, President Trump announced his nominee – Federal Judge Neil Gorsuch.
Trump is not wasting time. Three days into his term, President Trump reinstated the Global Gag Rule. This executive order, first established in 1984 by Ronald Reagan, forbids international non-governmental organizations from receiving U.S. government funding if they perform, discuss, or even mention abortion services.
A thoughtful and nuanced review of a thoughtful and nuanced book on the truth, and inconsistencies of, Hillary Clinton’s assertion that women’s and girls’ empowerment is a lynchpin of US national security and international human rights.
This month the powerful documentary “Vessel” opened in New York City and was released on iTunes and Vimeo. This film is a huge inspiration for women rights activists and we are so excited to spread the word! Vessel tells the story of Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, who as a young doctor was horrified by the realities… Read more »
Developing countries aiming to build strong family planning programs often look to Indonesia as a model — and with good reason. For years, Indonesia had one of the strongest and most successful national family planning initiatives in the world. With the backing of Muslim leaders, the country doubled its contraceptive prevalence rate to nearly 60 percent between 1976 and 2002, and halved its fertility rate from 5.6 to 2.6 children per woman. This undoubtedly helped lay the groundwork for Indonesia’s rapid and impressive annual economic growth of at least 5 percent since 1980.