U.S. Foreign Assistance, Youth

A Simple Fix for Women in the Peace Corps

This week is annual Peace Corps Week, celebrating President Kennedy’s creation of the Corps in 1961. Since the founding of the Peace Corps, countless volunteers have gone to hundreds of countries to serve on projects improving health, agriculture, business, and … Continue Reading

Family Planning, Youth

Youth and Unintended Pregnancy: Why We Need to Stop Playing the Blame Game

Growing up is quite an adventure. First you are a child who can only see the world in black and white. Then, you hit puberty and suddenly everything changes. My transition from childhood to adolescence seemed to happen overnight. Suddenly, … Continue Reading

Family Planning, International Policies, Youth

What’s Next for Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health? A Q&A with Youth Activist Christelle Kwizera

Back in November 2013, Rwandan youth activist Christelle Kwizera was chosen to speak to delegates at the High-Level Ministerial Meeting (HLMM) of the 2013 International Conference on Family Planning, to provide a youth perspective on policy for family planning and … Continue Reading

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

Family Planning, Integration - HIV/AIDS, Youth

Giving the Gift of Yourself: Juliet’s Story

This piece was originally published on the Huffington Post, as part of their Giving Tuesday series. The earrings are simple — a thin piece of pink plastic, almost like a small spear. They’re inexpensive, not from any known designer, but … Continue Reading

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Sex and Sustainable Development

This blog was originally published by Women at the Center, a site addressing the connections between reproductive health and rights, empowerment, and environmental sustainability. Where does sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) fit into a sustainable development agenda? Just about everywhere, … Continue Reading