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Reproductive Rights Take Centre Stage at U.N. Special Session

As the UN continues negotiations on a new set of Sustainable Development Goals for its post-2015 development agenda, population experts are hoping reproductive health will be given significant recognition in the final line-up of the goals later this year.

“I would hope the upcoming U.N. session will highlight the need to include sexual and reproductive health and rights upfront as a core component of the Sustainable Development Goals as the Open Working Group continues to develop its proposal,” said Purnima Mane, President & CEO of Pathfinder International.

The Tragedy of False Honor: Why Violence Against Women Must Stop

In just the last two months, a young, pregnant Pakistani woman is stoned to death by her own family because they did not approve of her marriage. In Nepal, a man set his pregnant wife on fire in a demand for a dowry. In India, two young girls were found hanging after being gang-raped.

"There is no honor in these vicious acts and so-called 'honor' killings. They are just dire reminders that violence against women is alive and well. They diminish women to nothing more than disposable property, devoid of rights. This must come to an end."

Dr. Mengistu Asnake Elected President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations

Mengistu Asnake
On May 18, 2014, Dr. Mengistu Asnake, Pathfinder International’s Country Representative in Ethiopia and Chief of Party for the Integrated Family Health Program, was elected President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations.

In Memoriam: Jeannie Rosoff, Champion for Women’s Reproductive Health and Rights

Pathfinder mourns the loss of Jeannie Rosoff, a champion for women's sexual and reproductive health and rights, who served on Pathfinder International’s Board of Directors from 1994-1999. Rosoff was a true Pathfinder—blazing a trail for others to follow. She was one of the first in the field to see the critical role evidence can play in effecting policy change. The Guttmacher Institute honors Rosoff, their founder and former president, saying:

Jeannie’s contributions to the Institute and to the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights are nothing short of momentous. She was a driving force behind the creation of the Title X program...

Commission on Population and Development Champions Reproductive Health and Rights for Sustainable Development

This past weekend, national governments called for the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights as a part of the emerging sustainable development framework at the Commission on Population and Development.

Pathfinder International Commends Commission on the Status of Women for Landmark Gender Equality Agreement

On Saturday, United Nations Member States agreed that a stand-alone gender equality and women’s empowerment goal is crucial to the post-2015 sustainable development goals.

Legislators Seek Rightful Place at U.N. Talkfests

When the United Nations hosts a conference there is always a demand for full and active participation of often-marginalized groups, but some of the world’s parliamentarians are also battling to find their rightful place at international conferences.

Purnima Mane, president and chief executive officer of Pathfinder International, told IPS “it is incredibly important we involve parliamentarians in development work, empowering them to appreciate and raise issues of population and development with their constituents, and gaining their support to champion global development in national policies, programmes, and budgets.”

Pathfinder International Profoundly Disappointed with Enactment of Anti-LGBT Law in Uganda

Today, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni approved a bill to toughen penalties against LGBT individuals including life imprisonment for those convicted of homosexuality.

Pathfinder Receives $35,000 from CREDO Mobile to Advance Sexual and Reproductive Health Worldwide

Pathfinder was recently notified that CREDO Mobile will donate $35,075 to our programs to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights in 2014.

Balancing Idealism and Pragmatism—CEO Purnima Mane speaks at USC

Pathfinder President and CEO Purnima Mane speaks at University of Southern California about the challenges of balancing idealism and pragmatism.

"One of the perennial challenges we face in the field of global public health is balancing our passion for what we call universal well-being for all by working frequently with the most marginalized communities and understanding the reality that we live in a world with finite resources for which there is constant competition."

Pathfinder International and UNFPA Renew Collaborative Commitment to Advance Family Planning, Gender Equality

Today, leaders from Pathfinder International and UNFPA signed a memorandum renewing the organizations’ collaborative commitment to advance family planning and gender equality worldwide.

Pathfinder Joins Newly-Established Cancer Committee in Ethiopia

Cervical Cancer release
This week, Pathfinder International was honored to become a part of the newly-formed National Cancer Committee in Ethiopia.

Pathfinder International Outraged by New Law Restricting LGBT Rights in Nigeria

Less than a month ago, we expressed our deep concern regarding the enactment of anti-LGBT laws in both India and Uganda. At that time, we pledged to redouble our efforts in support of human rights for everyone, everywhere we work.

Your Vote Helps Pathfinder Provide More Lifesaving Health Services With Support From CREDO Mobile

This spring, Pathfinder was delighted to be selected as one of 40 nonprofit organizations that will receive donations from the millions of dollars generated by CREDO mobile, long distance, and credit card customers in 2013.

Pathfinder Awarded New Grant to Improve Reproductive, Maternal, and Child Health through Mobile Health Services

mHealth Nigeria
Pathfinder International is delighted to announce that we have been chosen as one of several winners of a new grant from mHealth Alliance and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).

Pathfinder Staff Safe and Accounted For After Attack in Nairobi

This weekend, several gunmen opened fire in a shopping mall located in Nairobi, Kenya, killing 62 and injuring 175. The gunmen took an undetermined number of hostages and although several have been released, it is unclear if all are accounted for.

Op-Ed: Latin America Lags on Reproductive Rights

Pathfinder's President and CEO Purnima Mane discusses why, despite progress, barriers to reproductive rights in Latin America remain a challenge.

In the last decade, several countries in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region have had the opportunity to experience economic growth and establish redistributive fiscal policies aimed at reducing poverty, reducing inequality and improving the coverage and quality of health, education and social protection services.

Challenging Population Growth: Family Planning Services Gloss Over Women’s Health Needs

Pathfinder International's Pakistan Country Representative Tauseef Ahmed discusses the state of family planning in Pakistan with the Express Tribune.

Tauseef said that during the last decade Pakistan’s family planning program was never given due priority in terms of perspective plan implementation. He emphasized that Pakistan needed ‘political will’ to re-design family planning services to reach out all needy women.  “We should have a clear and comprehensive policy to be managed by a commission with full authority,” he said.

Pathfinder International Selected as Visa Innovation Grant Recipient

Pathfinder is proud to announce it is one of five recipients of a Visa Innovation Grant. Visa Inc. in partnership with NetHope announced grants that are helping modernize the disbursement of funds in the fields of agriculture, health and emergency relief.

When Just Saying "No" Is Not Enough

Katy Sorenson reflects on her visit to family planning projects in Peru with Pathfinder International and Population Action International, emphasizing the importance of sexual and reproductive health around the world.

Investments in family planning—whether at home or abroad—just make sense. Women who have access to a full range of effective contraceptive methods and reproductive health services are better able to protect themselves against HIV, more likely to get further education, and better able to earn a good living to support themselves and their families.

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