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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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Council Commentary

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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Council Commentary

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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Council Commentary

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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Council Commentary

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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Council Commentary

IWD 2022: Break the Bias

March 8th marks International Women’s Day, a global event that celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. This year, the day is also a call to #BreakTheBias for a gender-equal world that is free of prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination. 

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Council Commentary

A Tribute to Elof Johansson’s Life and Legacy

The Population Council pays tribute to Dr. Elof D.B. Johansson and his legacy of contributions to improving the health and reproductive choices of women, men, and young people globally. Johansson passed away on 30 January at his home in Western Sweden. 

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Population Council Welcomes Carmencita Whonder as New Trustee

Population Council Welcomes Carmencita Whonder as New Trustee

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (November 29, 2021)—The Population Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Carmencita Whonder to its Board of Trustees.  

Carmencita brings a wealth of expertise, particularly in finance and public policy, as well as experience working globally across multiple disciplines. She is currently policy director at Brownstein Hyatt Faber Schreck, the leading lobbying and law firm in the U.S. An expert in financial services and housing finance policy, she also regularly represents clients from these industries before the U.S. Congress, White House, and international financial institutions. She advises Fortune 500 companies, startup CEOs, executive teams, and boards of directors on public policy, regulatory affairs, product development, strategic communications, crisis and risk management, corporate philanthropy, and diversity and inclusion. 

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