Issue: Natural World

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The Sierra Club’s Gender, Equity, and Environment Program   

The new program advocates for gender equity so that communities impacted by climate disruption can become healthier, stronger, and better prepared to adapt. We thank the Sierra Club for their financial support of Women at the Center.

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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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Linking Family Planning and Global Development   

Family planning improves not only the health but the overall well-being of women and families around the world. With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, the extensive ripple effect of family planning’s benefits across the various goals remains clear. Family planning has a strong ripple effect across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals. K4Health’s new… Read more »

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What it Means to Put Women and their Families First    

We can’t shy away from the tough stuff. The topic of family planning has a logical home in any discussion about how overdevelopment and pollution contribute to climate change. We simply can’t afford to ignore it.

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Climate Change, Health, and Population Dynamics: A View from Tanzania    

One progressive way of helping at-risk people adapt to climate change is to improve their health. Voluntary family planning, which greatly improves women’s health, could play a part in a rights-based strategy that advances adaptive capacity and women’s health simultaneously.

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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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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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Healthy Oceans, Healthy Women   

While the power of the ocean is undeniably one of our planet’s profound unifiers—regardless of geography, race or class—the effects of our transforming ocean are not always felt equally. Women and girls are uniquely impacted by these changes in significant ways.

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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.