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New Review of Research on Interventions to End FGM from Population Council Kenya, UNICEF, UNFPA, and WHO

Population Council, Kenya, in partnership with UNICEF, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and World Health Organization (WHO) has published the first-ever global review of evidence on the "Effectiveness of Interventions Designed to Prevent or Respond to Female Genital Mutilation." Despite intensified efforts to build a global evidence base to inform strategies addressing female genital mutilation (FGM), there has been limited rigorous, high-quality evidence on what set of interventions are most effective in ending the harmful practice. This report conveys key findings on the quality and strength of existing evidence on FGM interventions from 2008 to 2020.  

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Sharing Progress on the Population Council’s Agenda for Change

In June 2020, the Population Council joined organizations around the world to condemn incidents of racial violence, police violence, and racism toward Black Americans and asserted our intolerance for silence and inaction. We made a commitment—to our ourselves, our colleagues, our partners and peers, our donors, and the individuals and communities with whom we work—to undertake the hard work of looking inward and examining what more we could and should be doing to create a more just and equitable world both in the work we do and in how we operate. The following month, based on discussions with Council colleagues in the US and our international offices, we launched our Agenda for Change—setting out actions we will take to become an antiracist organization and address wider issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

The Agenda for Change commits us to embrace antiracist principles and actions; to build a strong culture grounded in DEI; to continue efforts to decentralize our global efforts to better respond to the needs of the populations we serve; and to ensure our evidence and analysis continue to influence those who have the power and resources to improve the lives of the poorest and most marginalized populations around the world. 

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In Memoriam: Former Population Council President George Zeidenstein (July 29, 1929 – August 21, 2021)

The Population Council mourns the passing of George Zeidenstein, the Council’s fifth President, who died on August 21, 2021 aged 92 in Goshen, Connecticut. Zeidenstein leaves behind a powerful legacy from his long tenure as Population Council President from 1976 to 1992; his contributions continue to influence our work and our field today. Zeidenstein was instrumental in shaping the Council’s long-standing mission of promoting access to broader sexual and reproductive health services and technological innovations and to ensuring that quality services be focused on meeting the needs of the populations facing the greatest vulnerability.

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Mirena® added to UNFPA and USAID Product Catalogs

An exciting milestone for contraceptive access worldwide, the levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (LNG IUS), also known as the hormonal intrauterine device (IUD), has been added to the USAID and UNFPA Product Catalogs for the first time in the product’s 30 year history. Over the past 65 years, the Population Council has developed and introduced several of the world’s most effective and popular contraceptive methods, including the LNG IUS distributed by Bayer as Mirena®

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Welcoming New VP for Corporate Finance & Administration

The Population Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Tony Dutson as Vice President for Corporate Finance and Administration (CF&A). Dutson will oversee the financial, administrative, and organizational health efforts of the Population Council working in close collaboration with fellow Executive Team members, including two newly appointed Vice Presidents. These three appointments complete the Executive Leadership Team.

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INDIA: Perspectives on Inequalities Magnified by COVID-19

This past year, the coronavirus pandemic has impacted every country, every community, and every person in this world – but not equally nor in the same ways. For communities who experience vulnerability and marginalization, because of structural barriers such as economic inequality, racism, harmful gender norms, and numerous other intertwining factors, these challenges have been exacerbated and inequalities even further exposed by the pandemic. 

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KENYA: Perspectives on Inequalities Magnified by COVID-19

This past year, the coronavirus pandemic has impacted every country, every community, and every person in this world – but not equally nor in the same ways. For communities who experience vulnerability and marginalization, because of structural barriers such as economic inequality, racism, harmful gender norms, and numerous other intertwining factors, these challenges have been exacerbated and inequalities even further exposed by the pandemic. 

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PAKISTAN: Perspectives on Inequalities Magnified by COVID-19

This past year, the coronavirus pandemic has impacted every country, every community, and every person in this world – but not equally nor in the same ways. For communities who experience vulnerability and marginalization, because of structural barriers such as economic inequality, racism, harmful gender norms, and numerous other intertwining factors, these challenges have been exacerbated and inequalities even further exposed by the pandemic. 

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MEXICO: Perspectives on Inequalities Magnified by COVID-19

This past year, the coronavirus pandemic has impacted every country, every community, and every person in this world – but not equally nor in the same ways. For communities who experience vulnerability and marginalization, because of structural barriers such as economic inequality, racism, harmful gender norms, and numerous other intertwining factors, these challenges have been exacerbated and inequalities even further exposed by the pandemic. 

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