Posts Tagged ‘ girl’s education ’

Game On: Women are Key to Addressing Climate Change

Jul 6th, 2017 | By
School girls in Bisesero, Rwanda. [photo: Suzanne York]

By Suzanne York. Recently released United Nations projections reflect a world where the population is still growing. By 2050, there may be close to 10 billion people on the planet. The choices we make today will determine if we reach that milestone or go higher or possibly lower. The Family Planning Solution With that in
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Heeding the Voice of Youth to Save Youth

Jul 30th, 2014 | By
Afghan schoolgirls [photo credit: womenthrive.org]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org An unsettling article in the New York Times recently highlighted how the world is failing to protect and educate youth, especially girls.  At the same time, the article underscores how important education is for adults too, in order to help them protect children. The piece – Struggling to Keep Afghan Girl
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The Plunge in Teen Pregnancy Rates

May 6th, 2014 | By
[photo credit: www.contemporaryfamilies.org]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org The number of American teenagers getting pregnant is at an historic low.  While this is good news, the U.S. teen birth rate is still highest in the industrialized world. Rates of teen pregnancy, birth and abortion have declined dramatically in the United States since their peak in the early 1990s.  According
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Wedding Busters: Betting on Child Marriage-Free Zones

Apr 26th, 2014 | By
[photo credit: www.plan-international.org/girls/childmarriagereport/]

By Suzanne York. Child marriage is a difficult issue that is complicated by culture and religion, and especially by poverty. It takes time and effort to change culture, but it is possible.  Ending poverty is something that many people, organizations, and governments have tried to end for decades, but the challenge is enormous.Yet the will
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Let Girls Be Girls, Not Brides and Wives

Mar 11th, 2014 | By
[photo credit: www.un.org]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org If there was ever an issue that should galvanize the international community to take action – no matter politics or religion – child marriage has to be near the top of the list.  One in three girls in the developing world is married by age eighteen. The United Nations states that
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Condoms and Climate: The Role of Family Planning

Feb 27th, 2014 | By
[photo credit: tripadvisor.com.au]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org One solution to easing the effects of global climate change is one that is not often heard – that of voluntary family planning. At a talk this week on “Condoms and Climate” given at the Commonwealth Club of California, Alan Weisman, author of Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future
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Why Girls Need a Special Day of Recognition

Oct 10th, 2013 | By
day of the girl

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Perhaps more than almost anyone else, girls all over the world deserve a day of recognition.  This October 11th is International Day of the Girl, a special day intended to highlight an issue of global importance.  Girls, who are all too often ignored or devalued, could use some international support. The purpose
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Blowing the Budget: Overspending Nature’s Wealth

Aug 16th, 2013 | By
earth overshoot day

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org If there is one day that all of humanity can recognize together, it would be that of Earth Overshoot Day.  This is the day that global resource consumption for the year exceeds the planet’s ability to replenish its natural capital. Or to put it another way, it is comparable to living
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Water Scarcity: The Making of a Pakistani Tinderbox?

Jul 24th, 2013 | By
Pakistan and water

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org According to a new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Pakistan is “one of the most water-stressed countries in the world, not far from being classified, ‘water-scarce’.” This has huge implications for the world’s sixth most populous country, which currently stands at 182 million people.  Projections released last month by
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What did you do on your 16th birthday?

Jul 12th, 2013 | By
Malala

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org If you are looking for a little inspiration, and who isn’t these days, a soft-spoken teenager fighting for girl’s rights has emerged as an unsung hero. At age 15, Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman who wanted to kill her for her outspokenness on
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