An editorial in Dawn featured a new report by the Population Council’s Pakistan office, “Youth in Pakistan: Priorities, Realities, and Policy Responses.”
The Population Council's Bangladeshi Association for Life Skills, Income, and Knowledge for Adolescents (BALIKA) program was featured in the Dhaka Tribune. The op-ed discussed how empowering adolescent girls with digital knowledge and access to technology could help foster gender equality.
The Council addresses FGM/C as a human rights abuse and a contributor to gender inequality. Our FGM/C program advances multidisciplinary and multinational efforts needed to eliminate this harmful practice in many countries. Salma Abou Hussein, who works in the Population Council’s Egypt office, spoke with L’Orient Le Jour about female genital mutilation/cutting in Egypt.
As we commemorate World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7, 2016), let’s take a moment to recognize the importance of breastfeeding for mothers, babies and families around the world. Breastfeeding contributes greatly to early childhood development with many short- and long term nutritional benefits for infants and children. It also benefits the mothers, providing stronger protection against certain cancers and other health risks. It also helps to delay additional pregnancies acting as an effective contraceptive in the first six months.
Julie Pulerwitz, Director of Social and Operations Research in the Council’s HIV and AIDS program, spoke with NewsDeeply’s Women & Girls Hub at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. She discussed girls’ and women’s increased vulnerability to HIV, and how reaching this key population is critical to ending the epidemic.