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November 12, 2020

PMC Works in A Range of Political Environments

November 12, 2020 — A Message from Population Media Center President and Founder Bill Ryerson PMC works in many places where democracy has been destroyed. We are familiar with the playbook that stokes authoritarianism, attacks opposition, and makes it impossible or scary to vote. Nonetheless, we are able...

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November 10, 2020

The Impact of PMC’s Vencer el Miedo

November 10, 2020 — Every night 3.8 million viewers in Mexico switched their televisions to Televisa’s channel two to watch Vencer el Miedo (“Overcome the Fear”). The 47-episode, award-winning show followed the stories of four women at different ages as they navigated life, love, and tough choices. The...

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November 2, 2020

Vencer el Miedo Wins Four TVyNovelas Awards

November 2, 2020 — And the winner is… Vencer el Miedo! Vencer el Miedo (“Overcome the Fear”), a telenovela co-produced by Population Media Center (PMC) and Grupo Televisa, was written to make a positive impact on the lives of viewers through an engaging and emotional storyline – all while...

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October 29, 2020

Katikkiro Mayiga urges hard work on family planning in a meeting with Population Media Center

October 29, 2020 — This article was originally posted on pmldaily.com. The Katikkiro of Buganda, Owek Charles Peter Mayiga has singled out poverty as the key issue leading to population growth in the country. Uganda has one of the fastest population growth in the world. “People who don’t...

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October 27, 2020

Staff Spotlight: Susan Jones

October 27, 2020 — We spoke to Susan Jones this month about what drew her to work at PMC and what it means to make a difference in the world “one spreadsheet at a time.” What is your name, position, and how long have you worked for PMC?...

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October 15, 2020

PMC Celebrates Global Handwashing Day: Hygiene Education in Remote Areas

October 15, 2020 — Global Handwashing Day is an observance holiday celebrated by the Global Handwashing Partnership and other organizations – Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, UNICEF, and more – on October 15. The focus of Global Hand Washing Day 2020 is “Hand Hygiene for All.”...

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October 6, 2020

PMC Celebrates International Day of the Girl: Sangita’s Story

October 6, 2020 — Internation Day of the Girl is an observance holiday celebrated by the United Nations on October 11. This day focuses on the need to address the challenges girls face and aims to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. To celebrate...

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October 2, 2020

Confronting Crisis 2050 Panel Recap: A Dire Situation Needing Immediate Action

October 2, 2020 — On September 17, Population Media Center President and Founder, Bill Ryerson, hosted a virtual panel with registrants from 21 countries, 50 minutes of dialog, and insight from a unique array of panelists inspired by the recent film, Endgame 2050.    With a title like Endgame 2050, you might expect...

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October 1, 2020

PMC Welcomes Mary Fafard as Digital Marketing and Advocacy Manager

October 1, 2020 — Population Media Center (PMC), an international nonprofit implementing entertainment-education to improve the rights of women and girls  and environmental sustainability, is pleased to announce the addition of Mary Fafard in the new role of Digital Marketing & Advocacy Manager. Fafard’s addition to the Marketing and Communications team will be significant as PMC seeks to evolve...

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September 30, 2020

Population Media Center to Support UNFPA-UNICEF’s Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation in 15 Countries

September 30, 2020 — Population Media Center (PMC), a nonprofit leader in entertainment for social good, has received initial funding of $579,005 to support the work of UNFPA-UNICEF’s Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation. It’s expected, and already being seen, that COVID-19 increases the practice...

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September 15, 2020

Beyond The Broadcast

September 15, 2020 — PMC’s Umurage 2 (“Inheritance for a Better Future”) was broadcast on five radio stations across Rwanda, addressing family planning and couple communication, antenatal and post-natal care, adolescent sexual health, gender-based violence, and malaria. To accompany this 54-episode radio show, the PMC-Rwanda team designed numerous...

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September 1, 2020

PMC Listener Walks 104 Miles for a T-Shirt and Starts a Listening Group

September 1, 2020 — Jonas Chindamba walked 104 miles from his home village in Zambia to the Mpika Community Radio station to pick up a T-shirt representing his favorite radio show. This journey takes four days by foot and includes passage through North Luangwa National Park, home to...

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