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Nine Population Strategies to Stop Short of 9 Billion

July 12th, 2012 by PMC | 1 Comment

Press Release by Worldwatch Institute

Washington, D.C.-Although most analysts assume that the world’s population will rise from today’s 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050, it is quite possible that humanity will never reach this population size, Worldwatch Institute President Robert Engelman argues in the book State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity.

In the chapter “Nine Population Strategies to Stop Short of 9 Billion,” Engelman outlines a series of steps and initiatives that would all but guarantee declines in birthrates-based purely on the intention of women around the world to have small families or no children at all-that would end population growth before mid-century at fewer than 9 billion people. “Unsustainable population growth can only be effectively and ethically addressed by empowering women to become pregnant only when they themselves choose to do so,” Engelman writes.

Examples from around the world demonstrate effective policies that not only reduce birth rates, but also respect the reproductive aspirations of parents and support an educated and economically active society that promotes the health of women and girls. Most of these reproduction policies are relatively inexpensive to implement, yet in many places they are opposed on the basis of cultural resistance and political infeasibility.

Eschewing the language and approaches of “population control” or the idea that anyone should pressure women and their partner on reproduction, Engelman outlines nine strategies that could put human population on an environmentally sustainable path.

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Half the world’s working women are without basic legal rights, says UN

November 7th, 2011 by joe | Add a Comment

See: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/jul/06/un-women-report-access-to-justice

UN women report: Access to justice remains a work in progress

Flagship report from the new UN agency shows there is a way to go before improvements in the legal position of women are translated into equality and justice for all

Date: Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Source: The Guardian (UK)
Author: Madeleine Bunting

More than half of working women in the world, 600 million, are trapped in insecure jobs without legal protection, according to the first report of the new agency UN Women. A similar number do not have even basic protection against domestic violence, it finds, while sexual assault has become a hallmark of modern conflict.

Michelle Bachelet, the executive director of UN Women, said the document showed that many millions of women had no access to justice.

“The report reminds us of the remarkable advances that have been made over the past century in the quest for gender equality and women’s empowerment,” she said. “However it also underscores the fact that despite widespread guarantees of equality, the reality for many millions of women is that justice remains out of reach.”

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Confluence of Gender Equality and Clean Energy

September 13th, 2011 by joe | Add a Comment

At http://www.pelicanweb.org/solisustv07n08page1.html you can download articles from Mother Pelican: A Journal of Sustainable Human Development. The August 2011 issue has been posted.

Theme – Confluence of Gender Equality and Clean Energy


This issue continues the series on gender equality and clean energy. There is an incalculable number of vexing issues that relate, directly or indirectly, to sustainable human development. It is not unlike a ball of hair that defies combing. Hair threads (human issues) must be disentangled before they can be combed (issues resolved).

The working hypothesis that emerges from this series is that the “ball of hair” can be disentangled if, and only if, two issues are resolved: divisive gender inequalities and greasy fossil fuels. Gender inequalities are the most universal source of disunity and hostility in human affairs. In today’s world, fossil fuels provide the grease that makes the “ball of hair” sticky and practically impossible to comb.

When the original unity of man and woman was broken, thereby breaking their “unity in diversity,” social entropy (disunity, disorder, violence) ensued in human affairs. Energy is required to sustain all human activity, and social entropy requires additional energy to sustain social cohesion. In today’s world, the use of fossil fuels as a source of “cheap” energy also exacerbates physical entropy (resource depletion, GHG emissions, climate change) throughout the human habitat.

It is proposed that the confluence of cross-gender solidarity and clean energy would bring social and physical entropy to a sustainable level.


The outline for this issue is as follows:

Page 1. Editorial ~ On the Confluence of Gender Equality and Clean Energy

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In the Year of 7 Billion, “8 Is Enough”

March 15th, 2011 by joe | Add a Comment

Thanks to Joe Bish for this editorial, which was distributed to 800 U.S. newspapers and magazines by the Cagle Syndication Service.  See http://www.caglecartoons.com/column.asp?columnID={7C8F77B4-9C6E-43E0-BCFD-0E4A514B885D} for the editorial cartoons that accompanied this editorial.

In the Year of 7 Billion, 8 Is Enough
By Joe Bish

This fall, probably in late October, human population will exceed 7 billion people. Yet, on this score, the young adults of today’s world have an unprecedented hope. For the first time in modern history global population stabilization is possible within our lifetimes.

United Nations calculations show that if global fertility settles at 1.4 children per women within a few decades, down from today’s average of 2.6, our planet’s rapid population growth could completely halt by 2045, at just over 8 billion. That is only 34 years away.

Yes, those are cries of joy you hear. They come from the multitude of species on the brink of human-induced extinction, from the atmosphere our expanding civilizations are force-feeding mass quantities of carbon and other pollutants, and from oceans choked with plastic.

More importantly, though, listen to the sighs of hope coming from women and young girls all over the planet.

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Behind the Scenes at the UN: A Reform to Strengthen Global Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

August 16th, 2010 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

Many thanks to Bob Walker and Population Online for the following article. To subscribe to Population Online, visit www.populationinstitute.org.

It is a good week to be thinking about gender equality and women’s rights. International Women’s Day, which was on Monday, was celebrated around the world. At the United Nations this week over 700 government officials, thousands NGO leaders, and even a few celebrities have assembled for the 54th meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women. Across town, The Daily Beast’s inaugural Women in the World conference kicks off this weekend.

With appearances at the UN by the likes of Meryl Streep and Hillary Clinton, public attention to women’s rights and gender equality has been intense. Behind the scenes, meanwhile, there is an effort underway to make sure that attention to gender issues does not wane when the stars retreat to Hollywood and top government officials return to their capitals. Indeed, many of the same government officials and civil leaders meeting in New York this week are seeking to promote gender equality and women’s rights as a core UN mission, akin to universal human rights and global development.

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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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Religious Leaders from the Afar Region of Ethiopia Sign Declaration to End The Practice of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

August 1st, 2007 by Katie Elmore | Add a Comment

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – On August 1, 2007, thirty religious leaders from the Afar region, and representatives from the Islamic Affairs Bureau and the Women’s Affairs Bureau created and signed a declaration to end the practice of female circumcision (also called female genital mutilation or FGM). The declaration was one of the end results of a workshop Population Media Center (PMC) held on July 31st and August 1st to discuss the issue of female circumcision and what religious leaders can do to help eradicate the practice.
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Gender and Climate Change

June 21st, 2007 by admin | Add a Comment

Greetings from Salt Lake City, where I am speaking at the Rotary International Convention. – Bill Ryerson.

Gender and Climate Change
The UN is formally committed to gender mainstreaming within all United Nations policies and programmes.

In all societies, in all parts of the world, gender equality is not yet realized. Men and women have different roles, responsibilities and decision making powers. This has consequences for the Climate Change process which make it important to integrate gender sensitivity into all mechanisms, policies and measures, and tools and guidelines within the climate debate. This message has been communicated by different individuals and organisations during the past COPs and in several publications.

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This Web site aims to provide a platform for people interested in the issue of gender and climate change and to make the issue more accessible to everyone by providing a discussion list, publications, links and other useful information regarding the topic.

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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“Can Soap Operas Save Lives?” – PMC Featured in Ode Magazine

April 3rd, 2006 by Katie Elmore | Add a Comment

Ode Magazine
Issue 32

By Kim Ridley

Steamy tales of sex, betrayal and suspense can carry important social messages
Young and poor, Fikirte is in many ways Ethiopia’s Everywoman. Her life takes a turn for the worse when she meets Damtew, who is so obsessed with revenge against Fikirte’s innocent grandfather that he kills him and then begins to prey on her. He swindles Fikirte and seduces her half-sister, giving her HIV. He spreads vicious rumors to turn Fikirte’s family against her and to crush her dreams of finishing school. Still not satisfied, Damtew tries to murder Fikirte—twice.
Does Fikirte’s life sound like a soap opera? It is. The saga of Fikirte, Damtew, and the other captivating characters of Yeken Kignit (“Looking Over One’s Daily Life”) kept millions of Ethiopians glued to their radios for two and a half years. It also persuaded some of them to change their lives.
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