Our Earth Day 2021 Passport Series has concluded! Thank you to everyone who took a journey with us to learn more about family planning services and the empowerment of women and girls in regions around the world! Until everyone, everywhere has the power to fulfill their reproductive destinies as well as equal opportunity in education and employment, global population will continue to rapidly grow and environmental crisis will continue unabated. We appreciate your support and interest in making the “population connection”!

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Earth Day 2021 Speakers



“Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights: It All Begins With Reproductive Rights”

Women’s International Network for Guatemalan Solutions (WINGS) is a non-profit organization that provides quality reproductive health education and services, primarily to indigenous Guatemalans. In her presentation, Dr. Dubón will discuss how the organization operates and the challenges they face when providing SRHR services to their patients, most of which live in rural areas.

Tuesday, April 6th
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT

View the recording and presentation slides here

Dr. Michelle Dubón, Medical Director at WINGS Guatemala

Dr. Michelle Dubón is WINGS’ Medical Director and oversees clinical services. Along with providing administrative oversight, Dr. Dubón works with three other surgeons to provide tubal ligations and vasectomies, making WINGS one of the few places in Guatemala that anyone over 18 can get a permanent surgical contraceptive operation without a partner’s consent or proof of multiple children. Dr. Dubón has also been instrumental in assuring that WINGS meets the highest international standards of surgical health care.

“Youth Voices For Reproductive Health & Rights in Nepal”

Based in Nepal, YUWA is a youth-led organization focused on empowering young individuals to advocate for change in their community. Sajja and Riju’s talk will highlight YUWA’s SRHR programs and touch on the organization’s goals for the future.

Tuesday, April 13th
9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT

View the recording, presentation slides, and answers to the Q&A here

Sajja Singh, Member & Former Vice President at YUWA

Sajja Singh is a youth activist, working for young people’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in Nepal. She has previously served as Vice-President at YUWA. She holds a strong advocacy background at the national and regional levels where she has advocated for young people’s SRHR. Sajja has represented the young people’s voices at Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD), Asia Pacific Population Conference (APPC), and Nairobi Summit ICPD+25. She is a public health graduate and passionate about writing.

Riju Dhakal, President at YUWA

President at YUWA (2020-2022) is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Public Health from the Central Department of Public Health, Institute of Medicine. She has been an SRHR activist for the past two years and has been involved in national-level advocacy processes and evidence generation under YUWA. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and is passionate about poetry.


“Fulcrum for the Future: Girls Education and Family Planning as Levers on Development in the Sahel”

Alisha Graves and Lucie Ouedraogo will discuss links between rapid population growth, development and security in the Sahel region of West Africa. They will give an overview of the current state of family planning in the region—including how services have been impacted by Covid-19 in Burkina Faso. Presenters will highlight how girls’ education and safe space programs are helping to delay marriage and childbearing and better position adolescent girls as decision makers in the home and beyond.

Tuesday, April 20th
2:00pm ET/11:00am PT

View the recording and presentation slides here

Alisha Graves, Executive Director & Founder, OASIS

Alisha Graves is Executive Director of OASIS and a Founder of the OASIS Initiative at University of California, Berkeley. Alisha lectures internationally on population and food security in the Sahel. She is a research fellow for Project Drawdown, analyzing the potential contribution of family planning for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Previously, she worked to improve women’s access to misoprostol, a generic, essential medicine. In this role, she worked on drug registration, operations research, and advocating for evidence-based maternal health policies across seven countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. She completed her MPH in International Maternal and Child Health at UC Berkeley in 2006.

Lucie Ouedraogo, Sahel Leadership Program Fellow

Based in Burkina Faso, Lucie Ouedraogo is a champion for reproductive health and rights in her community. She has been a midwife for over 15 years, working to provide quality family planning services in the Sahel. After serving as the Reproductive Health Manager at the Séguénéga, Lucie began working as the National Coordinator of the NGO Santé Sud in 2017. That same year she was part of the OASIS Initiative’s Sahel Leadership Program, using her project management skills and experience managing health facilities to further strengthen SRHR programs in her community.


Film Screening and Discussion on 2040


On-Demand Screening: Sunday, April 18th to Thursday, April 22nd

Discussion: April 22nd
2pm ET/11am PT

The documentary follows filmmaker Damon Gameau as he travels the world looking for new approaches and innovations to combat the climate crisis. Concerned with his own daughter’s future, the film is a positive take on what the world could be like if we embrace more regenerative solutions to address the planet’s most pressing environmental issue—including empowering women and girls all over the world.

Join us on Earth Day to discuss the film with other Population Connection staff members as we reflect on our own hopes for the planet in the coming decades.

Watch the trailer here!

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