MDG Film Fest: Environmental Sustainability – March of the Penguins

Millennium Development Goal 7: Ensure Environmental Stability Thankfully, taking care of our earth, and trying to reverse damage already done to our land, air, and waterways is more popular than ever. The problem is that it needs to be. We live in a world with shrinking biodiversity, polluted water, and unclean air. Around…

MDG Film Fest: Child Health – Slumdog Millionaire

Millennium Development Goal 4: Reduce Child Mortality In this week’s Time magazine, Nilanjana Bhowmick introduces us to 17-year-old Sharda, from India. After giving birth to a premature son in February, Sharda and the baby were relegated to a makeshift room where the child received none of the special care necessary for premature…

Akimbo's First Ever Film Fest: Millennium Development Goals at the Movies!

This week, the largest gathering of world leaders in at least a decade will come together at the United Nations headquarters in New York.  The topic will not be military conflicts or emergency relief efforts, but rather, what governments can do to better the lives of everyday people throughout the world. With…

Update: IWHC partners in Pakistan and relief efforts for women and girls

The devastation due to epic flooding and continued rain in Pakistan has already affected over 15.4 million people. IWHC stands with them in solidarity and hopes that adequate aid is getting to those who need it most. We have, of course, been in touch with our Pakistani partners at Aahung, and wanted to let…

Off the rails: Why a ladies-only train isn't enough to stop sexual harassment in Indonesia

Having your heart in the right place when it comes to protecting and promoting women’s health and safety is important—but without your head in the right place, your actions won’t lead to much progress. I fear it’s this kind of disconnect between heart and head that’s behind today’s launch of women-only train carriages in…

Little Women: Early puberty and what it means for girls

At age five, I was obsessed with my orange dress-up heels. They had turtles on them and made me feel quite grown-up. Still, as a ragamuff girl with baby-fat cheeks and a repertoire of popsicle stick jokes under my belt, I was still firmly in the “kid” realm, and would be until until around age…

Abortion Access in U.S. Doctor's Offices, Women Share Their Experiences

Last weekend, reading the New York Times magazine, I was heartened to read The New Abortion Providers about efforts in the United States—mainly led by medical professionals—to make abortion services more available in mainstream medical settings like hospitals and doctor’s offices. Moving abortion from isolated clinics into multi-use settings not only makes…

Goals for Women's Health: July 11th Matches

It’s the BIG game! The final countdown! The end of the road! Can the Netherlands, with an amazing sexuality education program on its side, beat out Spain, the country determined to encourage all of Europe to protect women from domestic violence?! It will take 90 minutes (plus those mysterious penalty…

Goals for Women's Health: July 10th Matches

So, the psychic octopus was right—Germany didn’t make it into the top two, but will they be able to beat out the super-skilled Uruguayan team today?  That, I can’t tell you, but I can tell you a little more about women’s lives in these two countries: Uruguay vs. Germany The Uruguayan government has…

Goals for Women's Health: July 7th Matches

Whether you’re watching from home, at a pub, in your office, or just hearing the play-by-play on the street as you go about your business, there’s no way to avoid the energy around today’s big game. Germany’s strong, but so is Spain . . . who will it be? If you’re looking to place bets, you…