New Report Highlights Motherhood in Childhood

When I traveled throughout Tanzania and Zambia recently I noticed young mothers at every turn. With sleeping babies closely wrapped on their backs I often thought how fortunate these girls were to have survived a pregnancy and delivery at such a young age and then my thoughts would wander off thinking how many children might they already have at such a young age and how … Continue reading New Report Highlights Motherhood in Childhood

World Population Day Highlights Adolescent Pregnancy

Today is World Population Day and this year’s theme is adolescent pregnancy. We are going to concentrate our efforts on addressing the needs of adolescent girls in developing countries as they make up over 500 million of the 600 million girls in the world according to the UNFPA. Nearly 16 million of them give birth between the ages of 15 -19 every year accounting for … Continue reading World Population Day Highlights Adolescent Pregnancy

Family Planning Conversations During Women Deliver #WD2013

The second day of the Women Deliver conference was led by robust conversations and discussions about family planning. Wednesday’s events began with the plenary session: Global Progress on Family Planning—Putting Women at the Heart of the Global Health Agenda which was opened by Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Increased momentum has quickly … Continue reading Family Planning Conversations During Women Deliver #WD2013

Putting an End to Female Genital Mutilation

Today marks the annual International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. Each year February 6th is spent by leading NGOs and international aids organizations spreading awareness about the devastating cutting practice that puts three million girls in both east and west Africa as well as Arab countries at risk of undergoing FGM. An estimated 101 million girls have undergone FGM in Africa and … Continue reading Putting an End to Female Genital Mutilation

A Promising Trend for Data,Transparency

The more information and transparency we have the more we will see marked improvements towards the world’s most pressing issues. Last week we saw two new developments in transparency that are worth noting. Catapult: Catapult is a new crowdfunding platform by Women Deliver that is specifically targeted to programs for women and girls. What is compelling about Catapult is every dollar donated goes directly to … Continue reading A Promising Trend for Data,Transparency

Catapult: A Game Changer in Crowdfunding

There are a lot of crowdfunding platforms on the Net, but we’re seeing more and more of them become increasingly targeted to niche communities and specific causes. Catapult, a crowdfunding platform for women and girls’ projects, is one of these new, hyper-targeted crowdfunding platforms. A digital project of Women Deliver and funded by the Gates Foundation, Catapult will provide funding opportunities for NGOs that work to … Continue reading Catapult: A Game Changer in Crowdfunding

[Watch] No Joke. #ChoiceMatters. Everywhere

Women around the world, especially in developing countries, often have difficulties accessing quality reproductive health care. For more than 55 years, Pathfinder International has worked to expand access to quality sexual and reproductive health care to enable and empower individuals to make choices about their body and their future. To bring home the realities that women around the world face to access reproductive health care, … Continue reading [Watch] No Joke. #ChoiceMatters. Everywhere

Thorough Reads Leading Up to the Family Planning Summit

Next week the UK government, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the UNFPA and their partners will host the the London Summit on Family Planning.  As Melinda Gates mentioned in April she is personally committed to putting family planning on the global agenda. This summit will bring together strategic partners, donors, NGOs, civil society and developing countries to pledge to also put family planning on … Continue reading Thorough Reads Leading Up to the Family Planning Summit

A Woman’s Right to Basic Family Planning and Why It is Important

There is a worldwide problem facing women: the lack of access to and education about family planning. What makes this issue so compelling and absolutely important to me as a mother is  access to contraceptives in developing countries will save the lives of mothers and babies. Period. I cannot imagine not being able to choose when I want to have a baby when I am … Continue reading A Woman’s Right to Basic Family Planning and Why It is Important