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A Statement on the Passing of Feminist Leader Adrienne Germain

The Population Council mourns the passing of Adrienne Germain, a feminist leader who dedicated her life to ensuring sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice for women and girls. Early in her career, Germain was a Council researcher who went on to work at the Ford Foundation and most notably to co-found the International Women's Health Coalition. 

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Reaffirming Our Resolve to Uphold Global Reproductive Rights: SheDecides Turns Five

This week, I join youth activists, leaders of civil society, ministers and parliamentarians, and others committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights, to mark the five-year anniversary of SheDecides. The high-level convening, hosted by His Excellency Alexander De Croo, Prime Minister of Belgium, will reaffirm our collective action to uphold the right for all women and girls to make informed decisions about their bodies, lives, and future. 

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Beyond Vaccines: Self-Administered, On-Demand Intranasal Formulations for Coronaviruses

Beyond Vaccines: Self-Administered, On-Demand Intranasal Formulations for Coronaviruses

Preventive vaccines—as safe and effective as they appear to be—are not silver bullets to combat the coronavirus everywhere or forever. As COVID variants such as Delta and Omicron emerge, the effectiveness of current vaccines must constantly be re-evaluated. Further, success of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccines hinges not only on their safety and efficacy but their widespread availability, acceptance, and uptake.

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Earth Day: Harnessing Evidence to Invest in Our Planet

April 22 is the 52nd Earth Day. This year’s theme is “Invest In Our Planet”—a call for governments, organizations, and individuals to invest in a better future and to preserve and protect health, families, and livelihoods.

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To Build a Green Economy, We Must Engage Women and Girls

To Build a Green Economy, We Must Engage Women and Girls
Photo credit: Courtesy of BBC

The theme of Earth Day this year is “Invest In Our Planet,” a call on governments, businesses, and citizens to move away from our reliance on fossil fuels and to build a 21st-century society focused on green energy and inclusive growth.

This transition is beginning to happen, with an increase in green jobs becoming available and a growing number of people choosing to pursue this sector or changing careers.

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Advancing Health Equity Through Contraception

We hear it in nearly every sexual and reproductive health conversation today—from HIV prevention to family planning to STI treatment, people want and deserve choice. Whether it’s a pill, ring, injectable, or newer delivery method, we know that a person’s ability to choose a method that works for them is crucial.  

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Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

This year’s sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is dedicated to “Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programs.”

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