Women and Girls

The blog posts listed here discuss how improving conditions for women and girls globally is proven time and again to increase quality of life for everyone.


Where Are The Women? Reflections on International Women’s Day 2017
Frances Kissling, women's rights activist and The Life You Can Save board member, discusses International Women’s Day (March 8th), " observed throughout the world as a day of action for women, a time to seek specific improvements in women’s lives and to commit to ending the suffering that women experience merely because they are women."
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Trump’s Policy Threatens Reproductive Rights of Global Poor
Just days after an estimated 3 million people in over a hundred countries including Ghana, Malawi, South Africa, India, Peru and Nigeria marched in the Women’s March on Washington, President Trump reinstated and expanded severe prohibitions on US funding for foreign non governmental organizations that advocate for or provide legal abortion services. Provide such services with your own money and lose all US funding for other services, said Trump. Hardest hit historically by the ban have been family planning organizations in developing countries, but the Trump ban, known as the Global Gag Rule (GGR), has extended its reach to include all groups that receive US global health assistance.

Both safe abortion and modern contraception are essential to women’s health and well being and reproductive health is increasingly considered among human rights. But they are also essential tools in accomplishing TLYCS’ goals –improving the lives of those living in extreme poverty.
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How Can We Empower Women to End Poverty?
“We’re the first generation of people who do really know what the cure for poverty is. It eluded people for a long, long time. The cure for poverty has a name, in fact. It’s called the empowerment of women.” - Christopher Hitchens
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What Does Gender Equality Have to Do with Global Poverty?
In the struggle against global poverty, is gender equality an impactful goal we should focus on and strive towards?
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Why We Should Celebrate International Day of the Girl Everyday
Yesterday was International Day of the Girl, a holiday created five years by the United Nations to spread awareness and spur conversions about gender inequality and challenges that affect the 1.1 billion girls around the world.
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This legislative act could end newborn and maternal deaths by 2030
The most important aspect of the Reach Act is that it would give a single leader at USAID the power to focus resources on the most effective interventions. This strategy has already allowed USAID to save millions more lives by prioritizing what works. Other global health initiatives, like the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), have had deeper impact using this leadership structure. The potential benefits of this approach are massive - the US already spends plenty of money on global health, but we could accomplish much more if this money was targeted on interventions like vaccines, which we know are effective.
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Why feminists should care about global poverty
In the past 20 years, the world has gotten a whole lot better for the global poor. What’s more, it’s gotten especially better for women and girls. According to this year’s UN Millennium Development Goals report, women and girls now have access to more education, economic opportunities, and political power than ever before in human history.
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A global partnership's fight against iodine deficiency
Iodine deficiency is a global public health problem and the world’s most common cause of preventable brain damage in newborns and infants. Goiter (an enlarged thyroid gland in the neck) is just the visible tip of the iceberg. The "hidden" effects are much more life-limiting and severe. During pregnancy, iodine deficiency can cause stillbirth, spontaneous abortion, and congenital brain abnormalities that may lead to irreversible and severe mental impairment.
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