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PMC Articles Tagged 'Children'

PMC Featured in Soul Beat

July 23rd, 2008 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

PMC’s 2006 program in Niger, Gobe da Haske (“Tomorrow Will be a Brighter Day”), has been featured in the current issue of Soul Beat. Visit the link below for the full article.


The New Role Models: Environmental Moms Stop at One Child

July 14th, 2008 by William Ryerson | Add a Comment

Thanks to Phil Kreitner for this heartening article

Most weekdays, Oona Baker picks up her daughter, Ramona, from preschool and heads home to the Woodstock neighborhood. The two eat lunch, then decide what’s next. The library? Or baking cookies? With no siblings to factor in, mother and daughter map their own schedule.

“We’re pretty minimal people,” Baker, 34, says. “We have a small house. We have a small car. We can walk lots of places. Our life is just easier with one child.”

Not just easier, but greener.

In a city where people harvest rainwater, and bicycling to work is a badge of green pride, some Portland families say stopping at one child is global activism at its most personal.

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Fertility trends by social status

June 29th, 2008 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

This article discusses how fertility relates to social status with the use of a new dataset, several times larger than the ones used so far. The status-fertility relation is investigated over several centuries, across world regions and by the type of status-measure. The study reveals that as fertility declines, there is a general shift from a positive to a negative or neutral status-fertility relation. Those with high income/wealth or high occupation/social class switch from having relatively many to fewer or the same number of children as others. Education, however, depresses fertility for as long as this relation is observed (from early in the 20th century).

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Make Educating Girls a Priority

June 20th, 2008 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

Thanks to Don Collins for this editorial.

A GIRL BORN IN SOUTH ASIA or sub-Saharan Africa faces a cruel double burden. She will grow up in a region beset by poverty, disease, war or famine. She will also confront these challenges with the added disadvantage of being female.

Although more attention is being given to gender issues, inequality persists in every culture, country and continent. A new study shows that eliminating this disparity is an investment with high payoffs.

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In Food Crisis, Family Planning Helps

May 2nd, 2008 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

IF IT S NOT ONE CRISIS, it s another. This month, food is taking the center of the global crisis stage. Deadly riots in Haiti and civil unrest in Egypt have broken out over the skyrocketing cost of food.

In addition to welcome media coverage, the world food crisis has commanded the attention of economists, agronomists and political scientists, each with unique policy recommendations for addressing the situation. Demographers, however, have been strangely absent from the general discussion, as if feeding the world s population has nothing to do with people. As if it is possible to explain the lack of food solely in terms of increased use of biofuels and rising meat consumption while ignoring the fact of rising demand due to population growth.

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Birthrates Help Keep Filipinos in Poverty…

May 1st, 2008 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

Thanks to Dan Sherr for this article.

Birthrates Help Keep Filipinos in Poverty, Contraceptives, Rejected by Government, Are Unaffordable for Many in Majority-Catholic Nation

Maria Susana Espinoza wanted only two children. But it was not until after the birth of her fourth child in six years that she learned any details about birth control.

“I knew it existed, but I didn’t know how it works,” said Espinoza, who lives with her husband and children in a squatter’s hut in a vast, stinking garbage dump by Manila Bay.

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UNFPA On-Line Videos

March 5th, 2008 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

There are over 200 videos available on-line on the following subjects: Reproductive Health, Fistula, Population and Development, Gender Equality, Humanitarian Response, Human Rights, Adolescents & Youth, Safe Motherhood, Culturally Sensitive Approaches, HIV/AIDS, Advocacy, Reproductive Health Commodities, International Conference on Population and Development.

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Smaller Families for a Healthy Environment

March 3rd, 2008 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

If you’re concerned about overpopulation, it’s easy to get self-righteous about other peoples’ growing families. But I think that’s shortsighted.

Let’s face it—the best reason to care about our growing population is concern for future generations. People a generation or two from now will experience increasing effects of crowding and resource depletion. We should be concerned for our children and grandchildren, who will know a world very different from ours.

Most of us will be part of the problem by having our own children. We need to raise our kids to be conscious of population and environmental issues. The most important step we can take is to minimize our impact by having small families, or by not reproducing at all.

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Serial Dramas that Rely on Top Psychologists’ Theories are Changing Social Behaviors Worldwide

December 14th, 2007 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

In Ethiopia, it can be dangerous for a girl to leave the house. Not because of war, or weather, but “weddings”—specifically the long-standing cultural tradition of marriage by abduction.
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Changemakers Awards PMC One of Three Prizes in Online Contest

June 15th, 2006 by admin | Add a Comment

Shelburne, Vermont, USA – June, 2005 – Population Media Center won one of three prizes in an online contest held by Changemakers calling for the best programs in combating trafficking in persons. The contest was held by the Ashoka Foundation through its website initiative Changemakers.net. The Ashoka Foundation exists to shape a citizen sector that is entrepreneurial, productive and globally integrated and to develop the profession of social entrepreneurship around the world. Changemakers is an initiative of Ashoka to build the world’s first global online “open source” community that competes to surface the best social solutions and aims to collaborate, to refine, enrich, and implement those solutions.

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