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Council Commentary

Bayer and Evidence Project launch new initiative

In partnership with Bayer, the Population-Council-led Evidence Project has launched a package of health information materials designed specifically for the workplace. Many workplaces depend on local public health departments or NGO partners for materials, and often when supplies run out, it is very difficult to obtain more. In order to address these issues, the Evidence Project and Bayer, designed the new materials to be easily accessible and easy to print at the workplace. These materials will also be adapted for mobile use making them accessible to those who use their smart phones to get information.

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Council Commentary

IWD 2016: Pursuing the Evidence, Pushing the Boundaries

Today there are close to 515 million in the developing world. Fifteen years ago, the Population Council’s landmark publication, The Uncharted Passage, demonstrated the key role these girls play in the health and development of their families, communities, and the world. The book also documented a gap in knowledge about girls’ lives and a lack of thoughtful evidence-based programs. The Council’s contributions galvanized efforts to gather evidence on ways to empower girls and enhance their lives.

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Council Commentary

Contraceptive Discontinuation: Understanding Unmet Need

More than 225 million women worldwide want to avoid pregnancy but are not using a modern method of contraception. 

Among these women with current unmet need, about 38 percent have used modern contraception in the past but discontinued it. More than one-half of those women stop within two years.

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Council Commentary

The Girls in Emergencies Collaborative

The poorest girls in the poorest communities around the world exist in a near constant state of emergency because of vulnerabilities brought on by their age, sex, and economic status. Humanitarian emergencies—such as those caused by extreme events related to climate change—intensify pressures on girls to act as caregivers and greatly increase their vulnerabilities.

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Council Commentary

Advancing Gender Equality, Expanding Access: The Fifth Research Meeting on Unwanted Pregnancy and Unsafe Abortion

In September 2015, the global community ushered in a new era as the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This agenda presents a progressive vision that will be delivered through 17 new "Sustainable Development Goals." Embedded in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a commitment to ensuring the equal status of women. More specifically, goals three and five aim to achieve gender equality by empowering women and girls and guaranteeing "universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights."

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