Contraceptives and Condoms, Financing and Aid Effectiveness

Is the Kenyan Government Serious About Reducing the Unmet Need for Contraceptives?

The Kenyan government talks a good game when it comes to providing family planning. Year in and year out, our government ministries including the Ministry of Health (MOH) present their budget proposals, supposedly based on the priorities and needs of … Continue Reading

Family Planning, U.S. Foreign Assistance

Senate Appropriators Shame House Counterparts on Family Planning

After yesterday’s disappointing House committee markup of the FY 2014 State Department and foreign operations bill, women’s health advocates enthusiastically applaud the actions of the Senate Appropriations Committee in approving a far superior version of the bill with proposals for … Continue Reading

U.S. Foreign Assistance

The Peace Corps Equity Act: We Owe It To Each Other

Many young people cannot imagine spending two years away from friends and family just as they are about to embark on a promising career path—let alone in a developing country.  For me, it seems almost unbelievable that my Peace Corps … Continue Reading

Family Planning, U.S. Foreign Assistance

Deja Vu in the House Appropriations Committee as Family Planning Takes a Hit

This morning, the Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee voted to approve a bill that includes dangerous cuts to international family planning and destructive policy “riders.” The legislation is virtually identical to last year’s House bill in its hostile funding and policy … Continue Reading

Global Gag Rule

Gag Me: From Texas to Tanzania, U.S. Politicians are Meddling in Women’s Health

This post was originally published on RH Reality Check. Today, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a sweeping anti-choice bill that threatens to shutter 90 percent of abortion clinics in the state. The bill, in addition to banning abortion after 20 … Continue Reading

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What’s Youth Got To Do With It?

This piece was originally published at Women at the Center, and is cross-posted with permission. Half of the world’s population is under 30 and half of all new HIV infections are happening to people between the ages of 15 and … Continue Reading