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New Study on Divorce Rates in sub-Saharan Africa Published in Pop Council Journal

In a new study published in Population and Development Review, a journal of the Population Council, Shelley Clark and Sarah Brauner-Otto of McGill University find that contrary to expectations, divorce has been stable or declining in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. 

"In African countries where women enter into unions when they are older and more mature, marriages tend to be more stable, resulting in less divorce."

Listen to Clark's interview with the BBC here

Shelley Clark is Professor of Sociology and Director, Centre on Population Dynamics, at McGill University. She serves on the Editorial Committee of Population Council journal, Studies in Family Planning

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The Girls in Emergencies Collaborative

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.

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Creating Effective Responses to SGBV

Creating Effective Responses to SGBV

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.