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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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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 »

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Why Water1st Looks to Women for Long-Term Solutions  

Women hold the key. In fact, women are one of the planet’s best resources when it comes to combating climate change and finding solutions. It’s no wonder Water 1st is laser-focused on this same intersection when it comes to clean water solutions.

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Family planning takes a 360-degree approach  

In the elephant migration corridor near Tarangire National Park in Tanzania, a nurse named Happiness Chacha travels hut to hut to talk with villagers about family planning. Her work is a result of the Endangered Ecosystems Northern Tanzania, a project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development that aims to make both people and wildlife more resilient… Read more »

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Here’s How Youth and Women are Forming a Powerful Alliance   

Youth (between ages 10 and 24) make up 1.8 billion of the Earth’s population. They are the future–and the present. And they will be the most impacted by the leadership of our current decision-makers, both on the local and global scale.

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Zika Virus Outbreak Reveals One Way Climate Change and Repro Rights are Linked  

In an unprecedented move this week, health officials in El Salvador encouraged women to postpone having babies until 2018. Directly linked to the Zika outbreak, microcephaly, a birth defect that causes abnormalities and even death in newborn babies, is propping up across Brazil, El Salvador, and other Latin American countries.