Family Planning, Youth

More Than Half the World’s Young People Can’t Be Ignored

They are 1.1 billion strong, and getting loud. Yet 70 million are not in school. Six million face adolescent pregnancies. And countless more are vulnerable, at-risk, or denied basic rights and opportunities to plan their futures. More than half of … Continue Reading

Putting the Gender Gap on the Map

The Gender Gap Index, intended to measure the inequalities between men and women in the areas of health, education, economy and politics, was recently released by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Along with a full length report, the WEF published … Continue Reading

Transformation Doesn’t Happen Overnight How Priorities Can Help Countries Tackle Rights-Based Family Planning

How can we best help countries realize their existing commitments to rights and ensure that rights-based approaches are the standard for all countries? These are the questions at the heart of an emerging dialogue in the family planning and reproductive … Continue Reading

Family Planning, U.S. Foreign Assistance

The Song Remains The Same Status Quo For Family Planning Funding And Policy In FY 2014 Omnibus

After a three-month delay, Congress passed and the President signed on January 17th a trillion dollar omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 3547 ) to fund the federal government during fiscal year 2014. In what passes for good news these days, funding for … Continue Reading

41 Years Later, Women are Still Dying from Unsafe Abortions

Today is the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion for women in the United States. As we celebrate this accomplishment, it’s important to note that the battle for reproductive rights is far from … Continue Reading

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Day 5 Recap: It’s a Wrap

The long hours were worth it. Throughout the week, there were challenges that bordered on the surreal. No room reservations, microphones that didn’t work, emails that got caught up in the system. Admittedly modest in scope, these bureaucratic problems threatened, at … Continue Reading