Family Planning Summit: Our Favorite ReadsLast week, the landmark Family Planning Summit in London took the first step in an ambitious, but critically important, goal: garnering some $4.6 billion in pledges needed to reach 120 million more women around the world with family planning services by the year 2020.
In the weeks leading up to the summit, the media-sphere saw a groundswell of opinions, new studies, and coalition letters on family planning. To help you wade through it all, we’ve assembled a digest of some of our favorite reads!
- Gates Foundation Co-Chair Melinda Gates on taking the controversy out of family planning and giving women the power to determine their future. (Huffington Post & CNN, respectively)
- TIME Magazine explains why greater access to contraception can help save lives—and the planet.
- The New York Times highlights a new study concluding that meeting the global demand for family planning would cut maternal deaths by one-third.
- EngenderHealth President Pamela Barnes on prioritizing women’s rights to ensure that the success of the Summit actually delivers for women and girls. (RH Reality Check)
- Nike Foundation President Maria Eitel unpacks the reasons for including adolescent girls in the global effort to increase family planning access. (Huffington Post)
- Financial Times highlights a renewed global effort to boost birth control, with perspectives from top global health leaders.
- Forbes spotlights the role of religion and politics in Melinda Gates’ global campaign for family planning.
- UN Population Fund Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin on the connection between maternal deaths and family planning. (CNN)
- The Economist heralds the return of family planning to the international development stage and agenda.
- A family planning series by The Lancet reviews the effects of population and family planning on people’s well-being and the environment.