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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.

Leading Change Beyond the United Nations

Empowering women and girls doesn't require deep pockets or a podium. Pathfinder President Purnima Mane explores empowering women and girls beyond the United Nations.

Women, be good to one another. Ask the younger women in your life to tell you about their aspirations, and help those aspirations grow. When their voice is silenced, elevate it by speaking up yourself. Don't be afraid to tell the truth about women's lives, their power and their potential. "Feminist" isn't a four-letter word and we can't keep treating it like one. Say "yes" to opportunity and "get out of my way" to the social, economic and cultural barriers that try to hold you back.

Feminism for Goddesses: Does Kumari Worship Empower Girls?

While goddess worship is meaningful in areas of the predominantly Hindu country of India, is it a practice that empowers girls? The Guardian explores.

Pathfinder International recognises the importance of engaging with the wider community, including opening dialogues with religious leaders from different faiths as well as Hinduism. Encouraging them to advocate projects in their communities, such as Prachar which focuses on girls' reproductive health and empowerment in Haryana, they have found a shift in negative perceptions and reductions in early marriages and pregnancies.

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.

Progress Review: Contraception Use Among Adolescent Girls

Giving young women access to birth control is a global public health priority. Find out about the challenges that remain and the projects changing the odds for girls.

An outstanding example of overcoming the barriers that adolescents face accessing contraception is Pathfinder International's PRACHAR project. Intended to promote change in reproductive behaviour of adolescents project in Bihar, India, events were held for newly married couples to celebrate their marriage and emphasise the benefits of delaying having children and provided couples with a small supply of oral contraceptive pills and condoms.

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.

India’s Golden Chance

Meera Subramanian explores the challenges related to sexual and reproductive health and rights that face women and girls in India as well as Jagriti, a Pathfinder campaign about the harms of early marriage.

Behind the headlines of sexual violence is a culture where girls are forced into marriage and early motherhood. How will India's next generation break the cycle?

Use of Contraceptives on the Rise in Bihar, India

Pathfinder President Purnima Mane discusses reproductive health issues affecting Bihar, India and how Pathfinder programs like PRACHAR and JAGRITI are making a difference.

Reduce Early Marriage, Save Lives

Pathfinder's Bangladesh Country Representative Halida Akhter writes about the harmful effects of child marriage and early childbirth and efforts to change these norms to promote a brighter and healthier future for girls everywhere.

Today nearly half of the world population is under the age of 25 with young people of age 10-24 making up to 30-40 percent of the entire population in most developing countries. Worldwide, every year, more than 14 million girls are married before they turn 18. Every day, some 37,000 girls are robbed of their childhood.

Pathfinder's Purnima Mane: Inspired by Youth and Intergenerational Collaboration

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Pathfinder's President and CEO Purnima Mane discusses the power of young people at the 2013 International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Mobiles to Give Reproductive Health Info to Young People

Pathfinder International is bringing sexual and reproductive health information to young people in Mozambique and Ethiopia, recognizing their unique needs and respecting their rights.

Yesterday, at the International Conference on Family Planning, which is being held in Addis Ababa from 12-15 November, Pathfinder International’s technical advisor Cllie Simon said young people themselves helped identify the major barriers they face in accessing contraception. The organisation then designed two distinct mCeans! messages: one for those who are parenting and one for those who are not. Simon said: “We did it with the youth, by the youth, and for the youth.”

Communicating About Sexual Health with Young People: Lessons From Cats and Birds

At the International Conference on Family Planning, young people discussed their barriers to accessing information about sexual and reproductive health. New and innovative approaches like mhealth can be part of the solution.

As youth are more interconnected than ever, it is easy for them to pass on information to each other. Pathfinder is one organization now focusing on a digital strategy, and its new text messaging service was also discussed at the conference today.

Using Mobile Phones to Give Young People Full Access, Full Choice

Pathfinder International is meeting the unique needs of adolescents and youth by reaching them with information about sexual and reproductive health on their mobile phones.

Pathfinder International, for example, has taken advantage of the mobile phones’ popularity in Mozambique to reach out to young people. The organisation has introduced mCenas!, which means mobile scenes, the country’s first-ever youth-centric text messaging campaign. It delivers information and stories about sex and contraception to young people at the touch of a button.

Youth, Sex, & Mobile Phones: The Latest in Engaging Young People with Mobile Technology

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1 in 3 people in Mozambique are between the ages of 10 and 24. Young Mozambicans have unique sexual and reproductive health needs and often face tremendous barriers to accurate information and quality services.

Tailored to Fit: Programming for the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Young Women in Africa

Africa's young women have unique sexual and reproductive health needs. This new article from New Security Beat follows a recent panel conversation featuring Pathfinder's Mengistu Asnake and Tanou Diallo on that very subject.

The first time Almaz, a teenager living in rural southern Ethiopia, went to the crowded health care clinic in her village to get contraception, she was told they only helped older women with children. The second time, she waited hours only to find out that her preferred method of contraception was out of stock. Almaz is just one example of the many adolescent girls and young women around the world with unmet needs.

Pathfinder Encourages Adolescents and Health Workers to Contribute to World Health Organization’s New Report

Pathfinder is thrilled to see that the World Health Organization (WHO) is currently developing a report, Health for the World’s Adolescents, that will outline recent research and the growing consensus on the importance of adolescent health.

Purnima Mane Discusses Sexual and Reproductive Health on To the Contrary

In late May, Pathfinder joined thousands of advocates of women and girls from around the world at Women Deliver. The conference is the topic of this documentary from the PBS's To the Contrary, which features an interview with Purnima Mane.

Melinda Gates, Barbara Bush, Mandy Moore, and other global health leaders on efforts to save the lives of women and girls by increasing access to maternal and child healthcare. Executive producer Cari Stein reports in this special documentary from Malaysia and the Women Deliver Conference.

The Dukuza Clinic: Providing Care for Young Mothers in South Africa

Paige Claassen shares photos and stories from her visit to Dukuza, a youth-friendly, Pathfinder-supported clinic that serves young mothers in South Africa.

Here, a staff of only three nurses deliver babies, provide AIDS testing and counseling, educate patients about family planning, and care for TB, diabetic, epileptic, and trauma patients, among a long list of other tasks. Dukuza serves between 100 and 200 patients each day, and with the current AIDS epidemic, pressure on the clinic to serve more patients grows.

After Women Deliver: Ensuring Evidence-Based Investments in Sexual and Reproductive Health

Women Deliver concluded with a unified call to action: invest in women and girls. As USAID's flagship project for strengthening family planning and reproductive health service delivery, the E2A mandate is tied directly to that call.

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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