25 Years of Storytelling for the Global Good

A note from our founder

It was 25 years ago that we created an organization to shake the world to its core.

Today, we celebrate a milestone – the 25th anniversary of Population Media Center (PMC) marking our journey to empower women, address population growth, and create a sustainable planet through storytelling.

I have witnessed a tapestry of achievements woven by our incredible community. Jolokoto empowered thousands of Nigerians to access contraceptives and and was a finalist in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas awards. Kwishilya reached an estimated 659,440 weekly listeners in Zambia and BREAKAWAY, our innovative video game, has sparked global awareness of gender inequity and violence.

Together, we are shaping a future filled with hope, equality, and opportunity.


Entertaining at Scale. By Popular Demand.



Today, global understanding and commitment to change is growing, and the resulting goals, such as the Sustainable Development Goals, are demonstrating that effective interventions are needed.
In Burundi, 47,000+ Burundians now know they can determine the size of their family.
In Mexico, our show drew more than 3.5 million viewers each night, with a top draw among our target audience, ages 13-21, and a partner sexual and reproductive health hotline receiving a weekly average of 2,868 calls.
In Nepal, our radio show resulted in an estimated 88,000 people believing adolescents in their community talk about sexually transmitted infections, normalizing behavior and improving lives.
In Nigeria, 41% of all the new visitors to partner health clinics referenced a PMC show as their motivation for coming in for services.


Our team produces quality, impactful, local stories that
shift the narrative for populations around the world
and drive impact.


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awards and nominations

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Our Impact

Empowering communities to create a better future for all.

Global Sustainability

Global Sustainability


Women's Rights

Global Sustainability

Population Media Center creates transformative storytelling to role model actions that create a chain of planet-positive impact that uplifts individuals, communities, and the environments we all share.

Listeners were 1.5 times more likely than non-listeners to say that their ideal family size was between zero and three children as opposed to four children or more.
Listeners were 2 times more likely than non-listeners to say “Yes” when asked “Have you been involved in planting trees in the past year?”
Listeners were 3.4 times more likely than non-listeners to know protecting mountain gorillas can reduce poverty and bring tourists.
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With a global community of 8 billion people, we need a more equitable, flourishing world for all people and all ecosystems. As we look to write the script for our future, we focus on solutions that touch us all.

Listeners were 2.4 times more likely than non-listeners to say “Yes” when asked “In general, do you approve of family planning?”
Listeners were 1.8 times more likely than non-listeners to say “No” when asked “In your opinion is it legitimate for a husband/spouse to beat a wife/partner if she refuses to have sex with him?”
1.1 million new family planning users catalyzed in Northern Nigeria at a cost of 30 cents each.
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Women's Rights

Building global sustainability for today and for tomorrow all begins with the rights of women and girls. The right to education, economic independence, and reproductive autonomy are the building blocks and must-haves for gender equality.

Listeners were 3 times more likely to believe that girls should be encouraged to continue their education to higher levels.
An estimated 54,000 people intend to stop child marriage in their family and community after listening to a PMC show.
Listeners were 1.8 times more likely than non-listeners to say “Myself” when asked “Who usually makes decisions regarding your own health, you, your spouse/partner, both of you, or others?”
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Portrait of woman in India.

Our 25th Year of Impact

Reflecting on the past year fills us with awe and gratitude, as it has been a year of extraordinary impact. Dive into our Annual Report to discover the inspiring stories of transformation and the incredible ways we made a difference in 2022. Together, we’re shaping a brighter future.

See Our Impact

Looking Ahead

PMC is committed to creating lasting change.

Population Media Center is the global sustainability non-profit and production partner that creates popular entertainment for universal social and environmental good. 

This work is needed more than ever. We remain steadfast in our commitment to improving the rights of women and girls, slowing population growth, and doing our part to contribute to a sustainable future. We remain committed to learning, to putting our audiences center stage, and to opening eyes, minds, and dialogues.

Our award-winning TV and radio series, broadcast in the US and 50+ countries, have changed lives. By empowering audiences, and especially women and girls, through transformative storytelling that addresses fundamental threats to global sustainability where it matters most—in human hearts and minds—we inspire entire communities to choose a healthier, more equitable, and flourishing world for all. With our global team of advocates, partners, and funders — imagine what we will do in the decades to come.