The Middle-Income Trap: Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health in Latin America and the Caribbean

Too often, middle-income regions like Latin America and the Caribbean are ignored in conversations about global gender equality and women’s rights and health.

Solving the Global Reproductive Care Crisis Means Solving the Funding Crisis

The current shortfall facing groups like UNFPA is the result of a shift in donor funding priorities and an overall decrease in funding for development programs. There is no quick fix for that.

I’m Still Asking: Where’s The Family Planning?

As thousands of advocates, policymakers and global leaders wrap up a week of discussion at the Women Deliver conference on how to transform our world, I can’t help but keep asking: WTFP?!

We Can—And Must—Meet Contraceptive Needs in Developing Regions

Offering quality contraceptive services in developing regions would result in 6 million fewer unintended pregnancies, 2.1 million fewer unplanned births, 2.4 million fewer unsafe abortions and 5,600 fewer maternal deaths related to unintended pregnancies each year.

Cervical Cancer: A Map of Inequity

As a lifetime advocate for women and women’s health, I know that we must take on cervical cancer with the same passion and impatience that we did with maternal mortality and HIV. How to do this twenty years later is a question I am struggling with.

Maternal Mortality and Me: I Beat the Odds, But Many Women Don’t

My first two children were born without medical intervention, and now the prospect of an induction and related complications now loomed large in my mind. Working in the field of women’s health, I already knew all too well that the most dangerous thing many women will ever do is have a baby.

Preventing Epidemics: The Next Agenda for Women’s Health and Rights

The truth is, we know how to stop infectious disease outbreaks before they become devastating epidemics. So why aren’t we stopping epidemics every time, everywhere?

For Women Seeking Non-Hormonal Birth Control, an Exhausting Quest

“All right, let’s take it out,” I said, leaning forward in my chair and sighing heavily at the doctor. What a waste. For the past month, I’d had inside my body a gnawing little T-shaped device made out of plastic and copper, called ParaGard. It had seemed to me an ideal birth control solution: invisible, […]

Some Bloody Good Feminism for Earth Day

Reusable menstrual pads are making a comeback, and this time they’ve got feminism on their side. Yes, we said reusable. Here’s why we believe that this trend may be the start of a new feminist period (pun intended). Menstruating is ridiculously expensive. When we actually stopped to consider the costs incurred to manage a normal, […]

Shamed Into Silence, Empowered to Choose

Imagine being a teenager before 1972. Birth control is not a legal option. You haven’t had a period for three months. The swelling in your belly confirms your worst fears. You aren’t ready to get married. A back-alley abortion is dangerous. If your condition becomes public, you face certain shame and blame for having “gotten […]