After Rio+20, Women's Voices Loud and Clear

While governments debated over the green economy and designed a roadmap for the United Nations to deliver on Sustainable Development, women’s and other social justice movements actively voiced their concerns for achieving gender equality, justice and sustainability at last month’s UN Conference on…

Will the London Family Planning Initiative Measure Up?

Given the constant ultra-conservative attacks on this most basic of rights – the right of women to control their fertility – last week’s London Family Planning Summit had in some respects a refreshing quality. Contraception was affirmed, discussed and touted, loudly and publicly. Numerous media articles published for the Summit highlighted the economic benefits of…

"All I Had to Do Was Take a Pill Every Day, I Was Told."

“And hey presto, I didn’t have to worry about getting pregnant!” — Marge Berer, Editor, Reproductive Health Matters I was among the first generation of women in the 1960s to experience the miracle of the pill just at the age when I was wanting to start having sex. All I had to do was…

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) Introduce Child Marriage Legislation in U.S. House of Representatives

Whether at risk for early and forced marriage or already married, millions of girls and their communities are impacted by this practice around the world each year. Champions like Representatives Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Aaron Schock (R-IL) in the U.S. House and Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) in the U.S. Senate…

Joan Dunlop: The World Is a Better Place for Women Because of Her

I am sure Joan Dunlop would have loved to know what I was doing last week in Mozambique: a press briefing on unsafe abortion, with the Mozambican Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health. A national prize for best story on abortion will be awarded in October, when the Mozambican Parliament will discuss…