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Ending Child Marriage

A new Time magazine article on the US–Africa Leaders Summit highlights the human rights violation that is child marriage, as well as solutions and players working to stop it, including the Population Council.

The Council’s Berhane Hewan project, which significantly reduced child marriage and increased schooling among enrolled girls aged 10–14, was discussed at a Summit side event on ending child marriage hosted by the International Center for Research on Women along with Human Rights Watch and the International Women's Health Coalition. 

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Displaced by Climate Change in Bangladesh

Rising sea levels due to climate change will displace millions of people over the next century. Considered one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change due to multiple factors—including population density, poverty, and topography—Bangladesh offers a preview of a hotter, crowded world forced to deal with climate disruption. A new article in Foreign Policy by Kenneth Weiss describes the country’s struggle.

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Female Health Workers Boost Family Planning in Bangladesh

In Matlab, Bangladesh in the 1970s, an experiment that used female community health workers to provide doorstep delivery of family planning services led to dramatic improvements in maternal and child health, increased contraceptive use, and a rapid decline in fertility. The program was so successful that it was expanded across the country, with extensive technical assistance and support from the Population Council.

"Matlab showed us the way," says Ubaidur Rob, the Council’s Bangladesh country director, in a new Guardian article by Kenneth Weiss that details the success and scale-up of the Matlab project. 

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Improve Schooling Opportunities and Delay Child Marriage

A new post on the World Bank’s Education for Global Development blog mentions Berhane Hewan, a successful Population Council program in Ethiopia that has helped delay marriage and increase school enrollment by providing incentives to families who send their daughters to school.

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Intimate Partner Violence in India: Backlash Against Accomplished Women

Women in India who have more education than their husbands, who earn more, or who are the sole earners in their families have a higher likelihood of experiencing frequent and severe intimate partner violence than women who are not employed or who are less educated than their spouse, according to a study just published in the Council’s journal, Population and Development Review. Don’t miss coverage of this study by the The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Reuters.

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Pakistan: Better Reproductive Health Care Urgently Needed

The Council’s research on safe postabortion care in Pakistan is featured in an article about the importance of providing comprehensive abortion care, including contraceptive services, in a country where 700,000 unsafe abortions occur every year. The article also notes that access to quality family planning services must be made more widely available, particularly in rural and underserved areas. Read the article in the Daily Times.