Family Planning, International Policies

Strong, Courageous and Creative A Recipe for Realizing the Rights of Women and Girls

Earlier this week, I attended “Celebrating Cairo & Going Beyond”, a side event at the United Nations (U.N.) Commission on Population and Development (CPD). The event was organized by the High Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population … Continue Reading

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, 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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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