Reproductive health stories from Pathfinder and beyond

The World is Calling for Change

Today is a day of beginnings at Pathfinder. It is the first of the month, the start of a new fiscal year, and importantly, today is the official start of a new five-year strategy. Looking beyond 2015, we must advance sexual and reproductive health and rights globally by catalyzing change locally. We must do it now.

Taking Back Our Future

Harriet and her son

When Harriet was 15, two life-changing things happened. The rebel Lord’s Resistance Army finally left Uganda, allowing families like hers to return to what was left of their homes. That same year, she gave birth to her first child. Suddenly, she and her husband, Emmanuel, had to look to the future. But that seemed impossible.

In Egypt, Fighting for Women's Futures

Azhar and her 12-year-old daughter,Shayma, in their home

Azhar Hamdy was desperate. A divorced mother in Egypt’s poorest governorate, she believed the only way to give her daughters a better life was to marry them off young. But she was wrong. This is her story.

10 Ways the Integrated Family Health Program Is a Game-Changer for Ethiopia

For the past five years, millions of women, men, and young people throughout Ethiopia have been touched by the Integrated Family Health Program, led by Pathfinder International and JSI and funded by USAID.

11 Global Health Reads to Pick Up This Week (As Recommended by Pathfinder Staff)

It’s officially spring and World Health Day is on its way (April 7th)! I don’t know about you, but I often enjoy the weather with book in hand. Here are eleven great global health reads as recommended by Pathfinder staff.

Pathfinder Hosts #WomenDare Tweet Chat with Girls Not Brides and UN Women

Friday, March 7, Pathfinder will co-host a tweet chat about daring women with UN Women and Girls Not Brides in honor of International Women's Day.

Focus Area: Gender

As We Remember the March on Washington, the Journey Toward Universal Equality Presses On

March on Washington

Today, as we remember the March on Washington to “Let Freedom Ring” 50 years ago, we think of many of the dreams we were inspired to achieve as a result of King’s call to the world. And we’ve made considerable progress.

Focus Area: Gender

Delivering for Women and Girls, Imperfectly, Impatiently, Optimistically

“The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men." This morning, I awoke in Kuala Lumpur for the first day of Women Deliver and found this quote along with an email: “May have seen this already, but this seemed kind of appropriate for Women Deliver. - Dad”

Can't Join Us for Women Deliver? Follow the Action in Kuala Lumpur Online

Can't join us for Women Deliver? You can still take part in the conference by watching live streams directly from the conference here. Join the conversation by letting us know what you think on Twitter and Facebook.

Educate, Empower, Transform: One Pathfinder's Personal Take on the Importance of Girl's Education in the Developing World

Annette Zaale Champney

On April 22th I had the privilege to be part of the “Educate. Empower. Transform.” panel on the role of girls’ education in the developing world hosted by the Simmons School of Management Center for Gender in Organizations in conjunction with Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change.

Overcoming Gender Barriers in Ethiopia: A Q&A with Pathfinder's Heran Abebe

Heren Abebe

Heran Abebe is a Senior Gender Advisor for Pathfinder’s Integrated Family Health Program (IFHP) in Ethiopia. In this Q&A Heran shares her thoughts on why gender is important in Ethiopia, how she was first drawn to gender work, and IFHP’s exciting gender initiatives on the horizon.

Q&A on Female Condoms with Pathfinder Gender Officer Estrella Alcade

Female Condom Video

Recently, Pathfinder International released a new video Female Condoms Are…My Power, My Protection, My Pleasure as part of a film contest about female condoms. Winners of the international contest will be announced at Women Deliver 2013 this May in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Power of Female Condoms in Mozambique

Celia, a maternal and child health nurse in the Machava Area of Mozambique, knows what empowerment looks like. She sees it in the faces of the women she serves when she hands them a female condom.

Women Who Dare: Melinda Gates on Why We Celebrate International Women's Day

Melinda Gates

The calendar is overflowing with occasions to mark. It seems like there's a special day for almost everything. For example, September 19 is celebrated by some as International Talk Like a Pirate Day. But the surplus of observances shouldn't detract from the really important ones, like Friday, March 8, International Women's Day.

Women Are Daring, Will You Join Them?

Purnima Mane

It's no newsflash: women are daring to change the world. Nearly every day there are headlines, from Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan to Hillary Clinton in the US, detailing accomplishments from courageous women of all ages and backgrounds.

Three Must-Reads for Daring Women (in honor of Women's History Month & International Women's Day)

I can’t remember the last time I was this excited to read so many books—and I’m a pretty voracious reader. Just in time for Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, here are three books about the state of the world’s women—two from international leaders and one from a US business executive. All showcase the importance of fighting for change.

Women Who Dare: Sharon Allison Advocates for Reproductive Health Domestically and Abroad

Sharon Allison

Pathfinder Board Member Sharon Allison has been a lifelong reproductive health advocate. Dissatisfied with maintaining the status quo, Sharon has dared to lead. Lending her voice to issues of crucial importance like women’s rights and reproductive health, Sharon fights for an even playing field, not just for the women in her community, but for women worldwide.

Focus Area: Gender

Women Who Dare: Pinki Kumari Overcomes Personal Challenges, Advocates for Youth

Pinki Kumari

Pinki Kumari’s life has not been without its challenges. Staying in school meant overcoming financial and societal barriers. She lost her husband at a young age and struggled to support herself because of cultural and religious restrictions that limit her mobility as a woman in India. Against all odds, Pinki not only dared to find her own voice, but found her passion in helping others find theirs.

Women Who Dare: Nafis Sadik, Champion of Choice for Women Around the World

Nafis Sadik

Nafis Sadik has been called one of the most powerful women in the world. One of the greatest women’s advocates of the twentieth century, Nafis is an obstetrician, author, mother, and global thought leader who, for decades, has emphasized the importance of sexual and reproductive health and rights as a means to women’s empowerment.

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