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Pathfinder Condemns the Kidnapping of Nigerian School Girls

A group of girls from Nigeria
One month ago, nearly 300 Nigerian school girls were thrust into an unimaginable nightmare.
Type: Press Release
Focus Area: Advocacy

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.

The Garb of Leadership Through the Eyes of Dr. Purnima Mane

To get a holistic insight about leadership, we need to delve into experiences of leaders, how they react to emergent problems, and seek their advice on experiences that young aspiring leaders need to pursue to strengthen and prepare themselves.

I would also say that most leaders should have some charisma. The other trait a leader needs to have is to be sensitive especially in terms of whom do you expect to follow and who are these followers that you are looking for. Most leaders’ people skills are very well developed like their communication skills. I think this is important because being able to connect to people is critical for a leader.

Type: Pathfinder in the News
Focus Area: Advocacy

Pathfinder Staff Heavyhearted After Boarding School Tragedy in Nigeria

Yesterday, Pathfinder was outraged to learn that more than 50 male boarding school students lost their lives in a senseless attack in the Yobe state of Nigeria.
Type: Press Release
Country: Nigeria
Focus Area: Advocacy

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 World in Mourning the Loss of Visionary Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela
Pathfinder joins the world in mourning the loss of a visionary, leader, ally, and friend—Nelson Mandela. Mandela, who passed away on December 5, 2013, was formerly the President of South Africa, a Nobel Peace Laureate, and a champion of human rights.
Type: Press Release
Country: South Africa
Focus Area: Advocacy

Take Action Before December 31! Vote for Pathfinder to Receive CREDO Mobile Funds

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 International Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer, Mike Zeitouny

Mike Zeitouny
This week, Pathfinder International welcomes Mike Zeitouny as our new Chief Financial Officer. Mike has nearly 25 years of experience in the financial arena.
Type: Press Release
Focus Area: Advocacy

Pathfinder International Programs Currently Not Affected By Government Shutdown

Congress
Today, the United States Federal Government shut down for the first time since 1995 when the U.S. House and Senate failed to pass the spending bill necessary to fund federal programs for the upcoming fiscal year.
Type: Press Release
Focus Area: Advocacy

House and Senate Committees Approve Drastically Different Funding Bills for Global Health Programs

Last week, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees approved vastly different bills to fund U.S. foreign assistance programs, including global health programs for international family planning, maternal and child health, and HIV and AIDS.

News Round-Up: Supreme Court Rules in Pathfinder, Co-Plaintiffs' Favor in USAID v AOSI

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-2 in Pathfinder's favor in the anti-prostitution pledge case, USAID v AOSI. Below is a round-up of recent news coverage about the case as well as a link to our official statement and the U.S. Supreme Court's decision.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Pathfinder International and Fellow Co-Plaintiffs in USAID v AOSI

Supreme Court APP
This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-2 in favor of Pathfinder and our co-plaintiffs in USAID v AOSI, a case challenging a 2003 law requiring all groups receiving funds for HIV and AIDS work to have “a policy explicitly opposing prostitution.”

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.

Pathfinder's Purnima Mane on Family Planning, Saving Lives, and Social Media

+SocialGood talks with Pathfinder International's President and CEO Purnima Mane at Women Deliver 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.

"Our main agenda item (at Women Deliver) is to focus on the countries in which we work. To ensure that the unmet need for family planning is something that's being addressed and learning how we can partner with others working in the same area. And also making sure we're highlighting young people." -Purnima Mane

Women: Producers, Not Just Reproducers

At Women Deliver 2013, conference attendees discuss the idea that maternal health and other gender-related issues don't only affect the lives of women, girls, and children, but also help shape the economies and societies that they live in.

Pathfinder's President Purnima Mane said while better maternal health is a moral and ethical goal in its own right, a stronger economic argument will perhaps bring more pressure to bear on governments, donors, and the private sector to follow through on their commitments. She cited Pathfinder’s SCIP project in Mozambique as an example of a cross-sectoral intervention that combines health, environment, and economic development efforts and improves accountability through close interaction with community and government leadership.

Pathfinder by the Numbers in 2012: Over 5.6 Million Visits for Contraceptive Services, Nearly 3 Million Visits for Antenatal and Postpartum Care

At Pathfinder International, data is a critical component of our work. Throughout the year, our team tracks the progress of our programs using a set of global indicators. We're pleased to share some of the highlights of the report below.

Grannies Lobby for Reproductive Rights

Pathfinder's Emeritus Advisor Judy Kahrl and Major Gift Officer Leila Percy discuss the importance of family planning in light of the Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights' recent lobbying trip to the Maine state capital.

“So many young women today don't have an idea what struggles our generation fought to secure reproductive rights,” said Judy Kahrl of Arrowsic, the founder of GRR. "Access to family planning is incredibly important. By ensuring that women and men up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level have access to effective and affordable family planning services we can save the state money by lowering the unintended pregnancy rate."

Ford Foundation Rounds Off International Fellowships Program in Nigeria

The International Fellowships Program leaves a legacy as the Ford Foundation closes out the ten year project, including the Nigeria-based program led by Pathfinder International.

According to Farouk Jega, the country representative for Pathfinder International, Nigeria, 175 fellows have been recruited into the Nigeria programme since 2001.

He also said 44 per cent are women, while 56 per cent are men. He said 11 percent of the fellows are “people with special needs”.

Type: Pathfinder in the News
Country: Nigeria
Focus Area: Advocacy

News Round-Up: Anti-Prostitution Pledge at the Supreme Court

Supreme Court APP
On Monday, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in USAID v AOSI, a case that challenges a law requiring recipients of US funds for international HIV and AIDS work to have “a policy explicitly opposing prostitution.”
Type: Press Release
Focus Area: Advocacy

Diverse Groups Find Consensus in Protecting Free Speech as Anti-Prostitution Pledge Case Heads to Supreme Court

On April 22, the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that could have dramatic consequences for NGOs, faith-based groups, and other civil society members.
Type: Press Release
Focus Area: Advocacy
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