We’ve gathered the best examples we could find of reports, infographics, videos and other tools to help you understand and communicate the links between women’s empowerment and a more sustainable 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.


Reporter’s Toolkit on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights – Universal Access Project   

In light of recent funding cuts to vital global family planning programs, the Universal Access Project has compiled this toolkit as a resource for background, current context, and areas of intersection with SRHR, or the landscape of universal sexual and reproductive health and rights. From the toolkit: “This toolkit provides background, context and resources for journalists writing about global SRHR and related topics. It includes an overview of key challenges and opportunities in ensuring comprehensive SRHR; a snapshot of the current U.S. political landscape with regards to SRHR; a summary of global commitments to SRHR and progress against those commitments; and in-depth information and additional resources on a variety of SRHR-relevant topics.”


OECD’s revamped website on gender equality

In honor of International Women’s Day OECD is released a revamped website on gender equality: . The new portal includes information on events, ongoing work and publications and presents key data and interactive gender-related charts on more than 80 indicators broadly grouped in the areas of Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Health and Development for comparison across OECD and non-OECD… Read more »


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 »


50 State Report Card on Reproductive Rights  

While most Americans are aware of the national political debate over birth control and abortion, many are uninformed about the status of reproductive health and rights in their own state. In the interest of an informed public debate, the Population Institute released it’s 2015 50 State Report Card on Reproductive Health and Rights that gives… Read more »


Family Planning For Girls: The Get-It-Right Checklist  

“In summer 2012, donors, policy makers and implementing partners gathered at the London Summit on Family Planning. The outcome was FP2020 – a political and financial commitment to provide 120 million underserved girls and women with the opportunity to freely, reliably and safely use modern contraception by 2020. It was an ambitious goal. This checklist… Read more »

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Family Planning and the Path to Resilience  

How can we make sure families are resilient to a future crisis? Empower women. Recent evidence suggests that when women do better socially and financially, and are empowered to make decisions, their families are less vulnerable in a crisis.2, 3 Women can then contribute more to building stronger communities, as well as helping their families and communities… Read more »

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Building Resilient Communities: The PHE Way    

Pathfinder International, Population Action International, and Sierra Club are pleased to release this brochure on how PHE contributes to the proposed Sustainable Development Goals! Check out the brochure here: Building Resilient Communities The PHE Way “The PHE approach improves access to sexual and repro- ductive health services in hard-to-reach and underserved areas, while empowering communities with the knowledge… Read more »


RECAP: Engaging Decisionmakers on Family Planning in the Post-2015 World  

On July 15, the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) celebrated its IDEA—Informing Decision-makers to Act—Project’s first five years with a panel at the Wilson Center where key players in the project shared their successes and lessons learned with the family planning community. Here are some highlights from their talk:   Three drivers of change to create… Read more »

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Just the Number: The impact of U.S. international family planning assistance

For 50 years, the United States—through its Agency for International Development (USAID)—has been a global leader in enhancing women’s access to contraceptive services in the world’s poorest countries. Empowering women with control over their own fertility yields benefits for them, their children and their families. It means fewer unintended—and often high-risk—pregnancies and fewer abortions, most… Read more »

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SRHR and the Post-2015 Development Agenda    

Briefing memos for advocates and decision-makers connecting family planning, reproductive health and rights, and sustainable development.

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Women + climate disruption  

Sierra Club infographic demonstrating why women around the world are more susceptible to the effects of climate change.

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Integrated Population, Health and Environment (PHE): More than the sum of its parts  

Fact sheet (PDF) from Population Action International on the integrated community-based approach of Population, Health and Environment (PHE), and its benefits.

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Population Action International: Mapping population and climate change hotspots  

Interactive map showing countries’ population growth rates, projected changes in agricultural production due to climate change, and unmet need for family planning.

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Family planning is the missing investment  

Document (PDF) from the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health demonstrating how investments in family planning saves money in other development areas and results in environmental benefits.


Women at the Center: Resource Media infographic  

Resource Media infographic illustrating the health and environmental benefits of empowering women with access to modern family planning.

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Empty handed: Responding to the demand for contraceptives  

Video (8 minutes) from Population Action International tells women’s stories illustrating the need for access to family planning in rural communities of sub-Saharan Africa.

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Dollars and sense: The case for contraception  

Animated video by Population Action International demonstrating how investments in international family planning pay dividends in areas such as education, healthcare, water and sanitation.

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Weathering change  

Video (14 minutes) by Population Action International illustrating the links between access to family planning and resiliency in the face of extreme weather and climate change.

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Population, health and environment working together  

Video explaining how the Population, Health and Environment (PHE) approach can be more effective than single-sector efforts in improving people’s lives, and creating a sustainable future. Via Population Reference Bureau.

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It’s not (just) about the numbers  

Webinar illustrating the complex connections between population, access to reproductive health services and human rights.


Adding it up 2012: Costs and benefits of contraceptive services  

Report (PDF) by the Guttmacher Institute and the UN Population Fund documenting the number of women globally with unmet need for family planning (222 million), the estimated costs of meeting that need, and the multiple benefits that would result.

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Adding it up 2009: The costs and benefits of investing in family planning and maternal health  

Report (PDF) by the Guttmacher Institute and the UN Population Fund documenting global needs for family planning, maternal and newborn health services, and the benefits of investing to meet those needs.