Environment, Family Planning, Youth

A Girls’ Bathroom, A Basic Right

When I was a teenager, I wasn’t an ideal student. My girlfriends and I would often skip class—especially gym—and sneak off to the bathroom.  We would eat snacks, play with makeup and talk about boys, celebrities, or any number of … Continue Reading

Contraceptives and Condoms, Family Planning, Maternal Health, Youth

She’s Too Tired to Push. That’s Why We Must.

She forgot how to push after 22 children. The other woman had given birth 16 times and 4 of her children had died. I am sitting in the audience at Women Deliver 2013, and I wept as these stories were … Continue Reading

International Policies, Youth

Everything I Needed to Know About The UN I Learned in Kindergarten

As I predicted last week, the quality of input determines the quality of outcome. My blog in advance of the U.N. Commission on Population and Development, Teens in the Tinderbox, didn’t turn out to be true in the literal sense. … Continue Reading

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