A new commentary in RH Reality Check by Council researchers Saumya RamaRao and Anrudh Jain outlines why family planning initiatives should focus on the quality of clients’ care, rather than numerical demographic targets.
CNN reports on Guatemala’s legacy of violence against women and features the poignant stories of survivors and advocates and progress for the future.
U.S. News & World Report describes the future of contraception for women.
14 million girls are married each year as children, fundamentally limiting their health, education, future prosperity, and well-being.
America Abroad, an award-winning program distributed by Public Radio International, spoke with Annabel Erulkar, the Population Council’s Ethiopia country director, to highlight her path-breaking work on ending child marriage.
The New York Times documents child marriage in Guatemalan villages, where about 53% of women age 20–24 marry before age 18, and 13% before age 15, according to Population Council research cited in the report.
Reporting and photography by journalist Stephanie Sinclair.
February 6th marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.
FGM/C is a severe violation of girls’ and women’s human rights, may cause immediate and lifelong trauma, and has no health benefits. More than 120 million girls and women have already undergone FGM/C, and up to 30 million girls under age 15 are currently at risk.
Building on decades of research on FGM/C, the Population Council has received an award from the UK Department for International Development that will expand the Council’s comprehensive research agenda to illuminate the dynamics of FGM/C and generate empirical evidence on interventions to encourage its abandonment.
First Lady Michelle Obama recognized the Population Council’s innovative research in Ethiopia during a speech on girls’ education at the Brookings Institution. Girls who participated in the Council’s “Berhane Hewan” program were three times more likely to be in school and 90 percent less likely to be married.
PBS NewsHour covers a Council program in Kenya that gives girls in Nairobi slums the tools they need to lead healthier, more productive lives. The Safe and Smart Savings program has already reached more than 11,000 adolescents in Kenya and is being expanded to an additional 8,000.
"Why are we so slow to see, count, or reach the 200 million poorest girls?" asks Council expert Judith Bruce in "The adolescent girl moment: Passion is our fuel but not our plan," on Girls' Globe.
In a guest commentary published today, Bruce urges the global community to invest in targeted, evidence-based, scalable programs for real girls in real places. Improving the health, economic, and cognitive assets of adolescent girls will bring measurable, lasting change and guarantee the well-being and economic preparedness of the next generation.