Family Planning, Maternal Health

We Could Save 47,000 Lives Every Year If We Fix This Problem

Each year, nearly 22 million unsafe abortions take place worldwide, and every 11 minutes, a woman dies from an unsafe abortion. Depressing? Absolutely. Inevitable? Not at all. This new video from Marie Stopes International (MSI) not only explains the risks … Continue Reading

International Policies, Population and Climate Change

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

International Policies

500 Days to Go: Do the MDGs Have a Chance?

The world is closing in on being just 500 days away from the deadline for achieving the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The goals, set in 2000, aimed to improve the world by 2015 across eight broad areas: poverty … Continue Reading

International Policies

Your Cheat Sheet to the U.N.’s Post-2015 Development Process

The United Nations’ Post-2015 development agenda will define global development priorities between now and the year 2030. Those of us in civil society have been watching, reading, tracking and trying to figure out where we can insert ourselves in a … Continue Reading

Family Planning, International Policies, Maternal Health, U.S. Foreign Assistance

New Funding for MDGs 4 and 5 Should Make Family Planning a Priority

Great news! The World Bank Group, UNICEF, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Norway just pledged an additional $1.15 billion over the next three years to help achieve Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, which focus … Continue Reading

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Take a Selfie, Change the World?

From being named Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year in 2013 to stealing the show at this year’s Oscars, the “selfie” has already become an inescapable part of our popular culture. Now, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is hoping … Continue Reading