The Journey to Becoming a Midwife

In Arms Wide Open, Patricia Harman takes the reader on a fascinating journey of how she became a certified nurse-midwife.


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United Nations Adopts Landmark Resolution on Adolescents and Youth

NEW YORK, NY—Late Friday at the 45th Session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CPD), member states issued a bold resolution in support of young people’s sexual and reproductive health and human rights.


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A Look Back at CPD2012

A Look Back at CPD2012

Last week, IPPF/WHR and our allies worked to ensure the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people were upheld at the 45th Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD). Youth advocates from around the globe came together to speak to their own needs and hold governments accountable. This slideshow shows our youth advocates in action.


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This week, youth advocates from around the world are in New York for the Commission in Population and Development, the United Nations’ annual meeting on development, health and rights. This year’s meeting is focused on adolescents and youth, and these young advocates are in town to ensure that governments uphold prior commitments to advancing the sexual and reproductive rights and health of all.


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IPPF's Written Statement for CPD2012

International Planned Parenthood Federation is a global service provider and a leading advocate of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all. We are a movement of national organizations working with and for communities in 173 countries worldwide. The organization works to provide young people with the information they need to make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive lives, as well as the means to access services (both clinical and non-clinical) when and if required.


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What Is the Relevance of CPD to the Lives of Young People?

As part of our series on the Commission on Population and Development (CPD), we've teamed up with YSafe to bring you accounts from youth advocates taking part in the convening. This is the second blog from David Lawrence, who came to New York from Liverpool, UK.


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CPD2012: This Session is Ours!

At the 45th Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD)—the main theme of which is “Adolescents and Youth”—there is an active participation of civil society groups and a special opportunity to take a look at the current status of young people in Latin America.


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Why Do Young People Need Comprehensive Sexuality Education?

In recent years, millions of young voices have united to explain to their governments the importance and urgency of implementing comprehensive sexual education for adolescents and young people. As a young human rights activist, I am a part of this global effort.


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Why Do We Need to Talk about Abortion and Young Women?

The most common reason to choose an abortion among all women, from any social condition and region of the world, is having an unwanted pregnancy. The number of unwanted pregnancies in young women and adolescent girls is strongly linked with gender norms and inequity in education and work opportunities. In many cases, as adolescent girls and young women, we are not allowed to have control over our bodies, we are often not allowed or it is very hard for us to make decisions, and it is difficult for us to have control over household resources.


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Ester's Wish for the Future of Girls in Haiti

In times of violence and tragedy, the most extraordinary results can be achieved. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, a coalition of international and Haitian organizations came together to ensure girls' needs would not be overlooked. The Haiti Adolescent Girls Network is committed to protecting and empowering vulnerable girls, so they may safely navigate the volatile post-earthquake environment and break the cycle of poverty.


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