Across the globe, a growing battle is being fought against a practice that has deprived women and girls from realizing their rights to reproductive and Read More
Devex: World Bank ramps up work on preventing gender-based violence “World Bank President Jim Kim has called gender-based violence against women and girls a ‘worldwide epidemic’ that ‘undermines all our work to end poverty and boost shared prosperity.’ Speaking during the World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C., Kim described GBV as ‘completely…More
The Lancet: Defunding the UNFPA: sign of the times Editorial Board “…The removal of support [for UNFPA] is a blow to an agency that ensures access to contraception and maternal and child health services, and fights against gender violence, child marriage, and female genital mutilation in more than 150 countries worldwide. … But the current…More
The Wire: In India, Better Access to Contraception Is Key to Reducing Maternal Deaths Ulla Müller, president and CEO of EngenderHealth, and Shumon Sengupta, Asia regional representative for EngenderHealth “…It is essential to women’s health that they be able to control whether and when they get pregnant, and that means they need access to contraception.…More
When women do well, everyone benefits. Giving women access to better jobs and financial security are keys to ending poverty. Gender gaps harm the entire economy. We know that when women control the finances, they tend to spend money on the things that matter most – essential food and water, school fees and health care for the family. It’s amazing what small changes can do – a mobile money account opens up the ability to get small loans, buy insurance, and make payments.
The past decades have seen large increase in primary enrollment, and a closing (for most, but not all, countries) of the gender gap in enrolment. The next step is to look at secondary school. A nice new paper by Esther Duflo, Pascaline Dupas and Michael Kremer looks at what happens when you make it accessible to more young people.
TIME: The Connection Between the Global Gag Rule and Extremism Elizabeth Weingarten, director of the Global Gender Parity Initiative at New America “…[The Mexico City] policy will increase gender inequality. Gender inequality can fuel extremism. Extremism fuels terrorism. … Limiting access to reproductive health services impedes declines in women’s fertility in countries with large family…More
In the middle of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, I noticed that there were numbers being released on the number of orphans the outbreak was creating, but no transparent methodology for where those numbers were coming from. My colleague Anna Popova and I constructed numbers based on age- and gender-specific mortality and fertility rates, and we submitted the paper to the Lancet. It was a short but – we thought – useful paper.
USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Celebrating Women and Girls during Women’s History Month Marita Eibl, acting senior coordinator for gender equality and women’s empowerment at USAID, discusses the agency’s efforts to promote gender equality in development, including efforts to end preventable child and maternal deaths globally (3/29).