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Chepangs still wary of family planning

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Chepangs still wary of family planning 

See: http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=79408

GORKHA, July 20: Bir Bahadur Chepang of Makaising village has four daughters and five sons. His eldest son is 24 years old. Forty-eight-year old Bir Bahadur´s youngest child is a toddler. His wife is going to deliver another soon.

“Yes, I have too many kids, but what to do, it is very natural,” says Bir Bahadur.

Whatever the Chepang family grows in the field throughout the year is not enough even for four months. Although the growing size of the family is already taking its toll on the Chepangs´ well-being, Bir Bahadur simply has no idea that he could stop adding more members to the family by opting for family planning options.

Years of government campaign aimed at raising awareness about family planning has failed to impress Bir Bahadur.

“I have not heard much about ways not to have babies,” said Bir Bahadur. He has never heard about condom. Moreover, he is still guided by the belief among the older generation of Chepangs that they need to produce more babies in view of their declining population.

See: http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=79408

The Next Phase of the Birth Control War: Religious Discrimination Lawsuits

Monday, July 21st, 2014

The Next Phase of the Birth Control War: Religious Discrimination Lawsuits 

See: http://www.care2.com/causes/the-next-phase-of-the-birth-control-war-religious-discrimination-cases.html

As more states push bills to strip family planning funding from Planned Parenthoods, or relocate funding so that Planned Parenthood affiliates are last in line, other clinics that provide care to low-income and uninsured residents will be forced to shoulder the burden of reproductive health care services, especially when it comes to offering birth control.

Yet, as a case in Florida shows us, those clinics are now being drawn into the war on contraception thanks to “pro-life” medical specialists who are seeking positions within those networks with absolutely no intention of providing the full range of services the clinics were set up to offer. And sadly, refusing to hire these people won’t work as then you’d be facing a discrimination lawsuit.

The Florida Lawsuit

Sara Hellwege applied for a job at Tampa Family Health Centers (TFHC), but was turned down. According to lawyers representing Hellwege, by refusing her an interview after noting that she was a member of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) and learning that she would refuse to offer hormonal contraception, TFHC has discriminated against her on the basis of her religion.

See: http://www.care2.com/causes/the-next-phase-of-the-birth-control-war-religious-discrimination-cases.html

Food, population and the post-2015 development agenda

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Food, population and the post-2015 development agenda 

See: https://www.devex.com/news/food-population-and-the-post-2015-development-agenda-83892

Meeting the growing demand for food may be the world’s single greatest challenge, but it is part of a much larger complex of problems, all relating to the overuse of our planet and, ultimately, to the larger challenge posed by population growth.

Addressing that challenge is both a moral and a global imperative. That’s why earlier this month, the Population Institute unveiled “Population by the Numbers,” a series of compelling factoids focusing on population and its implications for economic and human development.

As the United Nations prepares for its General Assembly in September, many questions remain about the new global development agenda that is emerging from high-level negotiations among world leaders. For the past 14 years, the Millennium Development Goals have played a leading role in shaping the international development agenda. But the MDGs expire at the end of next year and progress toward a post-2015 agenda has been kept tightly under wraps.

See: https://www.devex.com/news/food-population-and-the-post-2015-development-agenda-83892

A Practical Guide to Population and Development

Monday, July 21st, 2014

A Practical Guide to Population and Development

See: http://www.prb.org/Publications/Reports/2014/population-development-guide.aspx

(July 2014) Throughout human history, the world’s population had grown slowly and by the beginning of the 20th century was only 1.6 billion people. Today, after only 110 years, the world’s population has surpassed 7.1 billion people.

During this time, the world has witnessed tremendous development-including innovations in health care, education, infrastructure, and technology-but more than 2 billion people still live in poverty and remain left out of this progress. The great challenge leaders of the world face today is to reduce poverty and inequity, and improve people’s lives without compromising the environment and the well-being of future generations.

At the same time, world population continues to increase by more than 80 million people a year, with most of the growth occurring in the world’s least developed countries. By 2050, according to the United Nation’s medium projection, the world’s population will increase to 9.6 billion people and will continue to grow through 2100. This continued growth has strong implications for health, well-being, and economic development. Leaders of nations everywhere must ask themselves: How does population growth affect national development and what must be done to manage the challenges of population growth?

See: http://www.prb.org/Publications/Reports/2014/population-development-guide.aspx

 

Message for World Population Day, By Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Message for World Population Day

By Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UNFPA Executive Director

See: http://www.unfpa.org/public/home/news/pid/17697#sthash.srTzErxJ.dpuf

Today’s 1.8 billion young people are a powerful force, individually and collectively. They are shaping social and economic realities, challenging norms and values and building the foundation of the world’s future.

Governments and the international community are increasingly conscious of the importance of providing resources and opportunities for all young people to reach their full potential as individuals and citizens. They recognize that investing in young people and enabling them to exercise their human rights not only benefits young people themselves, but can also help their countries reap a demographic dividend.

We know that healthy, educated, productive and fully engaged young people can help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty and are more resilient in the face of individual and societal challenges. As skilled and informed citizens, they can contribute more fully to their communities and nations.

See: http://www.unfpa.org/public/home/news/pid/17697#sthash.srTzErxJ.dpuf

Partnering on Climate Change Adaptation, Peacebuilding, and Population in Africa

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Partnering on Climate Change Adaptation, Peacebuilding, and Population in Africa 

See: http://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2014/06/partnering-climate-change-adaptation-peacebuilding-population-africa/

Rapid population growth can be a contributing factor to climate change vulnerability and should be considered in climate adaptation and peacebuilding efforts, said the Wilson Center’s Roger-Mark De Souza at a workshop on climate change adaptation and peacebuilding hosted by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Addis Ababa.

Improving access to family planning and reproductive health services “help[s] women and girls overcome the constraints of gender roles and family responsibilities that leave women less agency, time, and freedom to alleviate their economic burdens, achieve education, and participate in community-based adaptation strategies,” he said.

See: http://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2014/06/partnering-climate-change-adaptation-peacebuilding-population-africa/

Post-2015 Agenda: Organized Chaos or Hot Mess?

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Post-2015 Agenda: Organized Chaos or Hot Mess? 

Sexual and Reproductive Health in Trouble as Goals Move Forward 

See: http://www.populationaction.org/blog/2014/07/03/post-2015-agenda-organized-chaos-or-hot-mess/

The latest version of the zero draft report from the Open Working Group developing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) hit the internet late Monday evening. This is the final draft that member states will have a chance to respond to before the final report is produced and shared with the Secretary General prior to the United Nations General Assembly in September. It is fairly similar to the last draft (discussed here) in that it still has the same 17 goals, with small semantic differences. Overall, there are fewer targets, but both the targets and the process are becoming increasingly convoluted.

This draft misses the integration, aspiration, transformation and sustainability that were meant to drive the post-2015 agenda.  We see important targets missing in this lengthy draft, but we have yet to really see the difficult trade-offs that a final set of implementable goals would require.

See: http://www.populationaction.org/blog/2014/07/03/post-2015-agenda-organized-chaos-or-hot-mess/

Border Crisis Linked to Bishops’ Crusade Against Contraception

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Border Crisis Linked to Bishops’ Crusade Against Contraception 

See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-seager/border-crisis-linked-to-b_b_5549505.html

As thousands of Central American children desperately cross our southern border, seeking security and opportunity unavailable to them in their home countries, there is a rush to deal with this humanitarian crisis. While experts strive to stem this immigration surge, one fundamental cause shouldn’t be ignored: the Vatican’s refusal to respect the rights of all women to make their own childbearing decisions.

Many of these children have made the long, dangerous trek from Guatemala, which has the most rapid population growth of any Latin American nation. There, the least educated women have more than five children each; the average woman has nearly four. Mexico, its neighbor to the north, however, has made extraordinary progress in expanding access to voluntary family planning. Family size there has plummeted from 6.8 children per woman in 1970 to just 2.2 children today. This helps explain why the current crisis involves a sudden influx of children from Central America and not from Mexico, where small families have played a major role in changing society for the better.

What makes Guatemala so different from Mexico? A big part of the discrepancy is the role of the Catholic Church. Both Mexico and Guatemala are largely Catholic and share much in the way of a common heritage. But Mexico has a long, proud tradition of separation of church and state, and birth control is universally available. Not so in Guatemala, where the church is a powerful and harmful political force. Catholic bishops in Guatemala have long suppressed efforts to allow women and couples the means to make their own reproductive choices.

See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-seager/border-crisis-linked-to-b_b_5549505.html

In Pakistan, “Killed by Stork”

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Killed by Stork

See: http://newsweekpakistan.com/killed-by-stork/

FAMILY PLANNING IS VITAL FOR PAKISTAN’S SECURITY.

Thomas Robert Malthus predicted that the world population was bound to outstrip food production, leading to a state of “natural distress.” This was in 1798. In order to strike a balance between global natural resources and population, Malthus was far ahead of his times in proposing family planning through “moral restraint,” that is, rallying men to delay marrying until later. Subsequent research has proven Malthus right on the significance of family planning, which is today inextricably linked with economic and security challenges in developing countries, like terror-stricken Pakistan.

A runaway population growth rate without a compensatory economic growth rate has a direct bearing on a state’s ability to survive. The 2009 Failed States Index by the Fund for Peace, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., showed that “failed” states had a total fertility rate-the number of children per woman-at five, while the then global average was 2.6. The 2013 Failed States Index, where Pakistan features at No. 13, connects the risk of radicalization to the lack of economic opportunities and unemployment. When states are unable to afford the basics for their people (schooling, nutrition, health care, etc.) the denudation of the state is hastened by the employment of its people for radical causes. It’s also now evident that having more children results in more, not less, poverty.

See: http://newsweekpakistan.com/killed-by-stork/

East Los High: A Teen Soap Opera That’s A Teaching Tool

Monday, June 30th, 2014

East Los High: A Teen Soap Opera That’s A Teaching Tool

See: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-et-st-east-los-high-hulu-20140629-story.html#page=1

Inside a cramped writers room in a Hollywood office building, a team of overage teenagers was debating how a Los Angeles high schooler might carry on a conversation with a counselor about being the victim of domestic violence.

“I’m not sure the character’s reaction would be hesitation so much as defensiveness,” one said.

“Yeah, I think she’d be, like, ‘You don’t understand! I’m his girlfriend! I want to make him happy!” another chimed in.

This is how Hulu’s popular teen soap “East Los High” gets made. In these quarters, telenovela meets after-school special, spawning story lines that had laptop and cellphone screens fogged up in its first season last summer, all the while trying to relay a social message.

The series consistently ranked among the ad-supported streaming site’s most popular programs, demonstrating that an English-language show with an all-Latino cast – a TV unicorn in the broadcast marketplace – can find a following. Times TV critic Robert Lloyd singled it out as one of the top summer shows to watch last year, saying it was not only “as eventful as any other teen soap” but noted that it “feels down-to-earth and issue-oriented.”

Hulu hopes the clicks and taps won’t slow when it launches the second season on July 9.

See: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-et-st-east-los-high-hulu-20140629-story.html#page=1