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UK Family Planning Summit Concludes with $2.6 Billion Pledged

The London Summit on Family Planning, hosted by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with UNFPA, national governments, donors, civil society organizations, private sector representatives, the research and development community, and many others, was held today. Read more...

New Lancet Series Demonstrates Impact of Family Planning

A new series by the Lancet called Family Planning has been published and released on the eve of the UK Family Planning Summit.

The series reviews evidence of the impact of family planning on population health and the environment. “Family Planning” provides a look at a combination of articles that represent the latest thinking behind the UK Family Planning Summit, demonstrating the negative consequences of an unmet need for access to family planning. Read more...

Bellagio Meeting Recommends Action for Long-Acting, Reversible Contraception

In May 2012, the Population Council, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), and the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) hosted a meeting at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center to discuss opportunities to increase access to Long Acting Reversible Contraceptions (LARCs) to accelerate progress toward meeting the Millennium Development Goal of universal access to reproductive health services. Participants, including service providers, donor representatives, policymakers, procurement specialists, manufacturers, and public health officials, reached consensus on analysis and several recommendations. Read more...

Parliamentary Launch of Marie Stopes International’s Global Impact Report

Marie Stopes International’s Global Impact Report was launched on June 26 in UK Parliament by Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell. The report focuses on family planning in the developing world, including health, social, and economic impact analysis over the last 60 years.

Also discussed in the highlights are the impacts of the global unmet need for family planning, and the nearly 300,000 women who die each year from pregnancy related complications. Despite this, more than 200 million women in developing countries who wish to delay or avoid pregnancy do not have access to contraception. Read more...

Frontline Health Workers Are Key to Meeting Family Planning Needs Worldwide

By: Oying Rimon; Originally posted on Impatient Optimist

Around the world, frontline health workers are often the first link to lifesaving care and supplies, and in some cases they are the only link for families and communities in rural and impoverished areas. This is also where most of the world’s unmet need for family planning resides. More than 200 million women in developing countries want to delay or avoid pregnancy but lack access to modern methods of contraception. Read more...

Save the Children Says Pregnancy Kills or Injures One Million Girls a Year

Originally posted on Save the Children

WESTPORT, Conn. (June 26, 2012) — Pregnancy is the biggest killer of teenage girls worldwide, with one million dying or suffering serious injury, infection or disease due to pregnancy or childbirth every year, Save the Children said today.

In a new report, Every Woman's Right: How family planning saves children's lives, the international humanitarian and development agency highlights the many ways that lives are saved when women can choose the timing and spacing of their pregnancies. Read more...

Rio+20 Conference Concludes Without Significant Mention of Reproductive Health and Rights

Women Deliver and Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet project call on global leaders to affirm that women and their reproductive health and rights are central to sustainability goals.

New York, New York, 22 June 2012 – The “Future We Want” outcome document from this week’s United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20, lacks meaningful inclusion of reproductive health and rights. While the document includes promising language on women’s empowerment and family planning, leaders missed a historic opportunity to affirm the central role of women and their reproductive health and rights in global sustainable development goals. Read more...

Live from Rio+20, Day Three: “The Voices of Women”

By: Vicky Markham, Center for Environment and Population (CEP); Originally posted on RH Reality Check

The Rio+20 conference is now entering its last days, final negotiations have begun, and tensions are rising as the challenge to our issues is acute. There’ve been demonstrations, heightened advocacy, and frustration:  while we know the issues of “women, reproductive health and environmentally sustainable development” are integrated in the real world (thus essential to achieving the goals of this Earth Summit), coming away with anything less than them being central and overarching in the final Rio+20 document would be a major disappointment, and more. Let’s see what the last days actually bring, things can still change. Soon the Rio+20 outcome document will be finalized and all will be heading home. Read more...

Live from Rio+20, Day One: Women and Reproductive Health

By: Vicky Markham, Center for Environment and Population (CEP); Originally posted on RH Reality Check

June 18, 2012, From Rio: This week begins the major UN Rio+20 “Earth Summit,” and I’ve just arrived at the sprawling “Rio Centro” complex where the official UN negotiations and many non-governmental organizations’ (NGOs) side-events are taking place.  While here for the duration of the meeting, I’ll be covering women and reproductive health (RH) issues as relate to the official UN proceedings, the NGO perspectives, and global south women’s personal stories on how Rio+20 touches their lives. Read more...

Why Women’s Needs Must be Part of the Conversation at Rio

By: Suzanne Ehlers and Michael Brune; Originally posted on GristBy: Suzanne Ehlers and Michael Brune; Originally posted on Grist

The outcome document for this week’s Rio+20 summit is 49 pages long. Some 23,917 words.

Women were mentioned in less than 0.01 percent of the text. And only two of the 283 sections addressed women’s needs for family planning.

At first, this might not seem like a big deal. It’s easy to think of Rio as a purely environmental conference, dealing with issues related to sustainable development and a green economy. It’s easy to say that Rio is not about “women’s issues.” Read more...

Women and Sustainability: What You Want to Know About Rio+20

By: Women Deliver and Worldwatch Institute

Women Deliver is collaborating with the Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet project  to highlight the important role of women, youth, and sexual and reproductive health and rights in sustainable development at the upcoming Rio+20 conference.

Rio+20 is a key moment for advocates of reproductive health and rights to ensure that leaders understand and support the central role of reproductive health and voluntary family planning in sustainable development.  Below are some common questions about Rio+20 and the role of women in sustainability. Read more...

Women and Sustainability: Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health at Rio+20

By: Women Deliver and Worldwatch Institute

Women Deliver is collaborating with Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet project to highlight the important role of women, youth, and sexual and reproductive health and rights in sustainable development at the upcoming Rio+20 conference.

The Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health (GLC) is a consortium of 16 former heads of state, policymakers, and other national leaders who, in collaboration with The Aspen Institute, who advocate for expanded access to reproductive health as a breakthrough strategy for lasting development and prosperity worldwide. Read more...

2012 Population Awards Presented in New York

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has presented the 2012 Population Award to both Adrienne Germain, and the Federation of Reproductive Health Association Malaysia (FRHAM). The award, which was established in 1981, is given to individuals and institutions that have made outstanding contributions to population concern and their solutions. Read more...

Women and Sustainability: Fact Sheets and Articles for Rio+20

By: Danielle Nierenberg, Worldwatch Institute

Women Deliver is collaborating with Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet project to highlight the important role of women, youth, and reproductive and sexual rights in sustainable development at the upcoming Rio+20 conference.Women Deliver is collaborating with Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet project to highlight the important role of women, youth, and sexual and reproductive health and rights in sustainable development at the upcoming Rio+20 conference.

Leading development institutions have compiled research, documents, and factsheets to provide information on women’s issues for Rio+20. These publications make a clear link between sustainability and women’s empowerment, health, and wellbeing. Read more...

Women and Sustainability: Recognizing the Role of Women at Rio+20

By: Danielle Nierenberg, Worldwatch Institute

Women Deliver is collaborating with Worldwatch Institute's Nourising the Planet project to highlight the important role of women, youth, and sexual and reproductive health and rights in sustainable development at the upcoming Rio+20 conference.

From sustainable cities to renewable energy, some of the most crucial areas of development policy remain devoid of any mention or dialogue on the issue of women’s rights. To put these neglected issues on the global agenda, numerous governments, executives, NGOs, and civil society activists will gather next week to represent the voices of the women, youth, and children around the world at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20. Read more...

65th World Health Assembly Meeting Addresses Women and Children

The World Health Assembly, which took place this year from May 21-26, 2012, resulted in 21 newly adopted resolutions and three health-related decisions. The resolutions and decisions revolved around early marriage and young pregnancies, international health regulations, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), non-communicable diseases, and social determinants of health, and several other health- and disease-related topics. Read more...

Family Planning Summit Could Mark Turning Point For Maternal Health

By: Babatunde Osotimehin; Originally posted on The Guardian

More than 200 million women, largely in the least developed countries, want to use modern family planning methods but can't access them. They may face cultural barriers or family resistance. Contraceptives may not be available in their communities or they may not have the money to buy them, or there is a lack of information or trained workers to give advice. The result is human misery on a huge scale – and a major brake on our development hopes.

Next month in London an initiative will be launched to meet this unfilled need for modern family planning in developing countries by tackling the estimated $3.6bn (£2.3bn) annual shortfall in investment (pdf).Read more...

Global Leaders Celebrate Innovations in Reproductive Health Funding, Policies and Services

2012 has been a breakthrough year for reproductive health. On 22 May, 2012, the Honourable Joy Phumaphi, former Minister of Health Botswana, presented the 2012 Resolve Award to government representatives from four countries who have embodied these gains: Ethiopia, Malawi, Nepal, and Rwanda. Read more...

Why Aren’t Women’s Issues on the Agenda at Rio+20?

By: Carmen Barroso, International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region; Originally posted on Grist

In just two months, world leaders will gather in Rio to hammer out a new set of agreements on what sustainable development means, and more importantly, how both rich and developing nations can get there before it’s too late. Day by day, the buzz is building around this historic Earth Summit. But there’s a problem: The big plans being hatched for the occasion — nicknamed Rio+20 — leave women out. Read more...

Nigeria Should Invest in Family Planning Supplies, Programmes

By: Sola Ogundipe; Originally posted on Vanguard

WITH a 20 percent unmet need for family planning in Nigeria, the need  to invest in country-specific family planning supplies and programmes has been stressed. President of the Women Deliver, Jill Sheffield who disclosed this in an interview, said: “Nigeria should invest in family planning supplies and programmes, which would drastically reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, maternal deaths, newborn deaths, and unsafe abortions.” Read more...

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