The United Nations estimates that by 2100, Africa will be home to approximately 4.4 billion people. The Economist explored the implications of this population growth on development, poverty reduction and healthcare on the continent.
The poorest girls in the poorest communities around the world exist in a near constant state of emergency because of vulnerabilities brought on by their age, sex, and economic status. Humanitarian emergencies—such as those caused by extreme events related to climate change—intensify pressures on girls to act as caregivers and greatly increase their vulnerabilities.
World AIDS Day on 1 December is the right time to think about the health and lives of adolescent girls. Because, across Africa, HIV strikes particularly hard against adolescent girls and young women.
Rachel B. Vogelstein, the director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations, recognized the Population Council’s adolescent girls empowerment work in an article for the CFR Development Channel and Quartz, the Atlantic’s business news site.
Most sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) programs in East and Southern Africa focus on preventing violence. Fewer focus on meeting the needs of survivors.
The Council leads an innovative network that is creating effective, comprehensive responses to SGBV that bridge the medical, legal, and social-service sectors. A new open-access supplement from BMC Proceedings compiles findings from the Africa Regional SGBV Network's 7 years of innovative research and programming, providing evidence and insights about effective interventions for SGBV survivors in East and Southern Africa and highlighting the ways the network has influenced policy and practice in the region.
“To reap the benefits for girls and societies, we need evidence, not just intuition, to guide our efforts.”
“It’s not just telling them that you have a right not to be beaten, but where to go if this happens, what you can do, who will help you."
The Atlantic interviewed Population Council senior associate Nicole Haberland about her new study that shows sex education programs emphasizing gender equality and power in relationships are 5 times more likely to reduce STIs and unintended pregnancies than programs that do not.
CNN reports on Guatemala’s legacy of violence against women and features the poignant stories of survivors and advocates and progress for the future.