Angola is the seventh wealthiest nation in Africa. It has oil—and lots of it. But maternal mortality is high and the total fertility rate is nearly seven children per woman, on par with some of the world’s poorest countries.
If the United States is serious about paving the way for a modern state, we need to invest in women’s empowerment.
Last month, Haiti’s donor conference raised money for a nation that has weathered storms time and time again. The pledges added to the previously committed $3 billion in international assistance. While all of this may seem like a large amount of money for a small Caribbean island, little investment in reproductive health has undermined overall goals of poverty alleviation. A new report highlights the gaps in reproductive health in Haiti, where re-occuring crises place women and families at risk.
In her new book “The Means of Reproduction,” Michelle Goldberg puts forth a convincing argument that women’s liberation worldwide is key to solving some of our most daunting problems.
India is a country of contrasts in not just the multiplicity of religions and faiths but also cultural contexts. So while in one part of the country a law is formulated to safeguard the rights of women in live-in relationships in another part of the country women are facing physical assaults for being dressed in “western attire.”
Population growth is a driver of the long-term demand for food. Investing in education for girls and helping women prevent unwanted pregnancies can help keep demand sustainable.
In a cultural climate with too many examples of stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV, a proposed plan in Jamaica to protect the right of HIV-positive workers could symbolize a major step in the way the country treats this key issue.