Family Planning, International Policies

Day 3 Recap: Getting Over the Hump

Hump day: The middle of a work week (Wednesday); used in the context of climbing a proverbial hill to get through a tough week. I often use the “hump day” phrase with international colleagues only to be (frequently) met with … Continue Reading

Family Planning, International Policies, Youth

Day 2 Recap: Keeping Youth and Human Rights in Focus

As the 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) progressed today, we encountered new roadblocks. Not about grounds passes and room reservations (much of that has been resolved—bravo!), but about the very essence of this Commission. Why … Continue Reading

Day 1 Recap: Amid a Troubled Start, Some Bright Spots

As we head into the 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD), in the 20th year of the Programme of Action developed at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), let’s not neglect substance and … Continue Reading

Family Planning, Featured, Maternal Health

Remembering Rwanda How 20 Years has Changed the Conversation About Sexual Violence in Conflict

Twenty years ago today, violence erupted in the Rwandan capital of Kigali—the start of one of the most massive, brutal genocides in recent history. The violence was sparked by the death of President Juvenal Habyarimana, whose plane had been shot … Continue Reading

Family Planning, International Policies

What Happened 20 Years Ago Still Matters for Women Today

Today, representatives from 47 nations and countless civil society organizations are gathering at the United Nations in New York for the 47th Commission on Population and Development (CPD). The purpose of this year’s CPD is to review 20 years of … Continue Reading

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Giving Thanks and Giving Back

Happy Thanksgiving! We’re all aware today is a day for giving thanks, and tomorrow and Monday are days for getting deals. But did you know that Tuesday is a day for giving back? Well, you do now. Next Tuesday, Dec. … Continue Reading