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It Takes a Village: Getting Family Planning Where It’s Needed

This unprecedented effort to fund family planning worldwide could be a major milestone in global health, development and women’s rights. But we need to make sure this new funding and political commitment is followed by swift action—and change felt on the ground.

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After the Summit: Down to Earth

We need to recognise that this Family Planning Summit is just a first step, and that it is crucial that we use the energy of the summit to drive us forward. We have to maintain momentum, and we have to do that by moving fast.

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Family Planning and Safe, Legal Abortion Go Hand in Hand

The answer is not to promote contraception in order to reduce unsafe abortion, as the FP Summit did. The answer is to promote contraception to reduce unwanted pregnancy and provide safe abortion to every woman who finds herself with an unwanted pregnancy. 

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Will the London Family Planning Initiative Measure Up?

For those of us trying to discern whether the rights of women will truly be at the center of this Family Planning Initiative, as promised by DFID and the Gates Foundation in response to our months of advocacy, there were moments of disquiet.  

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It’s Time to Recommit to Family Planning in the United States

It’s time to set aside politics and recommit ourselves – as a city, a state and a nation – to family planning and sexual health. As recently as the 1980s, these were civic ideals that united us. If the global community can revive them in 2012, so can we.

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The Morning After: An Initial Assessment of the London Family Planning Summit

Melinda Gates anointed herself as the new saviour of women’s and children’s health, and the press ate it up in both pictures and words. A truly Hollywood event, except this is not entertainment. This is women’s lives.

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Looking for Human Rights at the Family Planning Summit

At the family planning summit in London, I waited to hear leaders of different countries recognise the centrality of women’s human rights, their sexual and reproductive rights. But disappointingly, although a few notable references were made to these issues by some leaders, women’s human rights were not appropriately addressed.

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Where’s the Controversy in Saving Lives?

Melinda Gates speaks to why giving women and girls access to family planning tools and information is the easiest way to allow them the ability to determine their own futures. The London Summit on Family Planning on July 11, 2012 is the opportunity for the world to come together to invest in women and girls by pledging to support family planning for the millions who need and want it.

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Wanted: $1 Billion for Women

We have two options: We can make family planning a priority and invest the money needed to give women control of their own lives and futures. Or we can allow our nation – and our world – to slide backward.

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Perspectives on the London Family Planning Summit 2012: Women’s Human Rights Must Be at the Center of Family Planning

This week’s summit is a crucial opportunity to re-invigorate international efforts to provide millions of women with access to the contraception they so desperately need. Yet increasing the availability of contraception is just one aspect of ensuring reproductive health, and cannot be seen in isolation.

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