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International Day of the Girl: Lifting Up the Voices of Girls Around the World

Since 2012, the United Nations has marked October 11th as the International Day of the Girl to lift up the voices of girls around the world. Girls like Malala Yousafzai, who—in 2012, at age 15—was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman because she advocated for girls’ education. Globally, more than two-thirds of illiterate […]

Population Connection Joins UN Civil Society Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah

Population Connection staff and local members joined forces with Utah Population Health and Environment Council (UPEC), Center for Biological Diversity, and Transition Earth to participate in the first United Nations Conference to take place in the U.S. outside of the UN headquarters in New York City. Roughly 6,000 people from about 120 countries attended the […]

We Can Save the Planet if We React Decisively: The Healing Ozone Layer Is Proof

I admit, when I heard that today was International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, my initial reaction was confusion. Wait, I thought. The ozone layer gets its own day? I thought we already fixed that. Back in the 90s, we heard a lot about the holes in the ozone layer and how […]

ZPG to PopConnect: Half a Century in the Making of “Family Planning as a Human Right”

Fifty years ago, the United Nations officially recognized family planning as a universal human right. This landmark declaration was established in the Proclamation of Tehran drafted and adopted by the International Conference on Human Rights (ICHR) in 1968. As Article 16 of the Proclamation states, “The protection of the family and of the child remains […]

Promoting Family Planning as a Human Right on World Population Day

Today is World Population Day—a day meant to draw attention to the various social and environmental implications of rapid population growth and compel people into action. This year’s theme highlights “family planning as a human right,” and urges us to make the clear connections between population and access to healthcare. World Population Day was first […]

Personal Freedom, Consumerism, and the “Population Connection”

This post is the first in a series exploring the role of population issues in international development.  Personal freedom. Autonomy. The ability to choose your path in life, and to harness the power of self-expression. Some would argue that these principles are human rights – inherent to human existence. In fact, aspirations towards a ubiquitous […]

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