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2014 Gates Letter Highlights Women’s Empowerment and Family Planning

The 2014 Annual Letter from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation effectively highlights common myths about global aid and development, and what areas need to be prioritized to see real progress for the poor and marginalized. In particular, increasing women’s empowerment and their access to contraception are discussed as key interventions that lead to measurable change and a more equitable, sustainable world. Read more...

International PHE Conference Closes with Renewed Momentum

Originally posted by Population Reference Bureau

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, 11-12 November 2013 — The second International Population, Health, and Environment Conference, organized by Population Reference Bureau (PRB) and PHE Ethiopia Consortium, convened over two days in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, around the theme “Healthy Families, Healthy Environments”. Population, health, and environment (PHE) initiatives use integrated approaches to improve access tohealth services, especially family planning and reproductive health, while helping communities to improve livelihoods, manage natural resources, and conserve the critical ecosystems on which they depend. The PHE Conference, funded by the David and Lucille Packard Foundation and USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health, and East Africa Regional Office, brought together over 150 PHE implementers and advocates representing 20 different nations from sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, and North America. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Bridging Sustainability and Family Planning for a Brighter Future

By: Joanna Hoffman, Women Deliver

The East Africa Population, Health and Environment (PHE) network was founded on the belief that integrated issues require an integrated approach. Women are drivers of change, and their ability to choose if and when to have children has a profound effect on population growth and resilience to climate change. In Ethiopia, PHE is working to bring essential family planning and HIV services, along with materials for natural resource conservation and food source diversification. Now, family planning usage rates have skyrocketed and hundreds of households are using energy-saving stoves. Read more...

UNICEF: Children are both the makers and the markers of healthy, sustainable societies

Original news release posted on the UNICEF website

One year after the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference building “The future we want” – Rio’s outcome – will be dependent on children being at the heart of the post-2015 agenda, says UNICEF. A new UNICEF position paper, Sustainable development starts and ends with safe, healthy and well-educated children, outlines three messages that are key for achieving a world fit for children – today and for future generations. Read more...

Women & Sustainability: Why They Need Each Other in a Post-MDG World

By: Carmen Barroso, Regional Director of IPPF-WHR; Originally posted on Huffington Post

There's a lot of talk about investment these days; as the global economic crisis stumbles on, social services are cut from the USA to Uruguay, and the planet faces ever more urgent environmental threats. But next week, women and policymakers from around the world will gather in Malaysia to foment a revolution. Their call? Investment of a different kind, investment in girls and women for the sake not only of people, but also for the planet. Read more...

Women Deliver’s Jill Sheffield at BSR Conference 2012

Women Deliver President Jill Sheffield recently spoke at the BSR 2012 Conference session on ‘Women’s Health: A Missing Sustainability.’ She and Worldwatch Institute President Robert Engelman discussed the links between women’s reproductive rights and sustainability. In this video from the conference, Jill highlights the significance of investing in women; “Women are consumers. Women are producers. They’re not just reproducers.” Read more...

 

Putting Youth and Reproductive Rights on the Agenda at Rio+20: An Interview with Ivens Reis Reyner

by: Danielle Nierenberg, Worldwatch Institute

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

As the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, rapidly approaches, organizations from around the world are pushing for issues related to youth and reproductive rights to be prioritized within the sustainable development agenda. The Youth Coalition is an organization of young activists from around the world who bring attention to the sexual and reproductive rights of youth locally and globally. Representatives from the Youth Coalition will be at Rio+20 to inform governments about the connections between sustainable development and sexual rights. Read more...

 

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