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

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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 Sustainable Development (“Rio+20”) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Although the final […]

Will the London Family Planning Initiative Measure Up?

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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 […]

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

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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 are […]