Posts Tagged: development


Access to Birth Control Helps Women Succeed  

  We are really loving how this info-graphic from PAI shows the ways women succeed when they have access to birth control! “Allowing women to have children when (or if!) they want to leads to better education, more job opportunities, and economic security. In fact, studies have shown entire countries’ economies benefit when women have… Read more »

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Gender Equity Key to Feeding 9 Billion by 2050

“Valuing women, paying greater attention to women’s rights – that’s the solution to our population growth issues and, I would argue, it’s also the solution to our food security challenges,” said Suzanne Petroni at the Thought for Food Summit in Berlin last year.

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Indonesia’s family planning program: From stagnation to revitalization  

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.

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Breaking taboos, pioneering innovation for women’s health  

Struck by his wife’s statement that she could either have milk or sanitary napkins, Arunachalam Muruganantham, a man from a poor household who dropped out of school at age 14, decided to do something. He wanted to get to the bottom of why women in his community were using rags instead of sanitary towels, rags so dirty that he would not even use them to clean his scooter.

I Went to UNGA, and All I Got Were These Five Questions    

As the dust settles on an exciting United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly, A. Tianna Scozzaro of PAI reflects on all that went down last week, and what it means for the post-2015 development process moving forward.


Three Keys to a Sustainable World  

Last week Melinda Gates tweeted this awesome info-graphic which links together basic health, women’s empowerment and access to birth control. We believe these three things create a very effective package for sustainable development. Not only is it cheap to distribute birth control,vaccines and empower women but the results of doing so are long lasting and… Read more »

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The Reality of Unmet Need for Contraception  

  We often hear (and we often say!) that “220 million women worldwide have an unmet need for family planning.” It’s a hugely important statement and a huge number of people – but we when take a closer look at the data, it turns out that 220 million is very likely a major understatement. Here’s why:… Read more »


World Contraception Day 2014  

In honor of World Contraception Day (WCD), we wanted to call out some of the great work, and troubling news, that’s hitting the family planning world today. WCD’s mission is to improve awareness of contraceptive methods so that all people have the information they need to make sound decisions about their sexual and reproductive health…. Read more »

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Universal access to reproductive health care: A global obligation and opportunity  

Eleanor Roosevelt once said universal human rights begin in the small places close to home — and there’s no area closer to home than a person’s sexual and reproductive health.Right now, over 222 million girls and women around the world have an unmet need for modern contraception. As long as any girl or woman is denied quality reproductive health services and information, our work securing human rights remains incomplete.