Archive for July 2012

Assessing the State of Women in South Sudan

Jul 26th, 2012 | By

By Suzanne York, As much of the women’s rights and international development communities focused well-deserved attention on the London Summit on Family Planning in early July, South Sudan celebrated its first anniversary as a nation. Which made me wonder, what is the state of women in this newest of countries? South Sudan is a
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Aspen, Ideas, and How to Really Talk About Population Growth

Jul 24th, 2012 | By
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By Suzanne York, This was my first time attending the annual Aspen Ideas Festival (AIF), and what a week it was! Suffice it to say, my head still hurts from all the information I took in from some of the country’s top thinkers and doers. From the polarization of U.S. politics to the Supreme
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Bridging the Demographic Divide and Other Population Challenges

Jul 19th, 2012 | By
World Population Data Sheet 2012

By Suzanne York, Population Reference Bureau (PRB) just released its 2012 World Population Data Sheet, showing that the world’s poorest countries will have the greatest population growth, due to high birth rates and a large youth population. Just one week after the London Summit on Family Planning, which raised $2.6 billion from donors for
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Post-London: Putting Words into Action on Family Planning

Jul 15th, 2012 | By

At last week’s London Summit on Family Planning, a high-level gathering hosted by the Gates Foundation and the UK Department for International Development, donors pledged to provide $2.6 billion over the next eight years to help the world’s poorest women gain access to contraceptives.  It has been called a “breakthrough for the world’s poorest women
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Focus on Women & Rights on World Population Day

Jul 11th, 2012 | By
Melinda Gates

By Suzanne York, July 11, 2012 is World Population Day, and there are reasons to be hopeful that the subject of population, along with empowering women, will be attracting more positive attention and obtaining more positive results. We are very excited about the London Summit on Family Planning, sponsored by the Gates Foundation and
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Reproductive Rights: From Rio+20 to Aspen Ideas, London and Beyond

Jul 4th, 2012 | By
Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women

by Suzanne York, – In the aftermath of the UN Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, which deliberately left reproductive rights out of the official outcome text, there is little time to feel discouraged.  There are education and awareness campaigns to undertake, and alliances to build and strengthen – especially between the environmental and women’s
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Moving on From Rio+20

Jul 2nd, 2012 | By

by Suzanne York, – An experienced and learned colleague of mine asked me one evening at the start of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) if it really mattered what issues made it or didn’t make it into the official Rio+20 text known as “The Future We Want”. Symbolically, it seemed important to
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