Posts Tagged: family planning

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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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Founder of Grameen Bank puts Women at the center  

The impact of microcredit has resulted not only in increased household income and household savings, but has also increased women’s empowerment, reduced maternal and child mortality, brought down family size, and ensured that millions of children have gone to school — creating a new generation very unlike the previous one. The experience of the Grameen… Read more »

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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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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 »

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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.

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Kindling family planning change in urban slums  

A profile of UHI’s innovative family planning programs for poor urban residents in India. Part of a four part series leading up to World Contraception Day this Friday, September 26.

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How Women’s Empowerment Affects Climate Change   

On Sunday, we are so excited that the largest climate march in history will kick off in the streets of NYC. As world leaders gather for a summit on climate change, tens of thousands will show up to demand that global leaders, “take the action necessary to create a world with an economy that works… Read more »

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John Kerry’s Statements for Women’s Rights and Reproductive Healthcare  

A week ago the 20th Anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development took place and Secretary of State, John Kerry, made some very important remarks on the topic of Women’s rights and Reproductive Health:  “With the spacing of births, the women had more time to invest in their own futures. They started a… Read more »