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Do you agree with Judith Butler that gender is a social construct? #TuesdayThoughts

This month, as dozens of countries observe #MothersDay, we celebrate the strength and beauty of mothers everywhere: https://t.co/EvBCf3KLg3


Our collaborative initiative Advancing Maternal Health has significantly increased uptake of family planning services across the Kigoma Region in Tanzania. Find out more at https://t.co/ygAYSldYW7

How do you prevent #pregnancy ? Watch as Mariah and Danilea tell you about #birthcontrol and #contraceptives , what options you have and how to get them. #ReMIXAnswers https://t.co/OzAPDRbusH

Learn Julie's story about #relationships, #parenting, and finding the right support. More on our #ReMIX story here: https://t.co/X9d1ruuEX0

We love condoms & all other forms of #contraception! They allow millions to plan & space #pregnancies. How #empowering is that?! #WheresTheFP

We Agree! Increasing access to #familyplanning helps women go further in their education, work & life! #WheresTheFP

"I think it is important that men play a role in women's health" - Balor on his decision to get a #Vasectomy: https://t.co/of9xDe4WCb

What makes us smile: when #women & girls have access to #FP so they can go further in school, work & life #WheresTheFP

Planning to travel somewhere fabulous this weekend? Make sure you ask #WheresTheFP?! And let us know: https://t.co/HtLly6JA6s

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Denise Raquel Dunning, Ph.D, M.P.A., M.A.

Dr. Denise Raquel Dunning is a passionate advocate for girls, women, and young people. She is the founder and Executive Director of Rise Up – comprising three sister initiatives Let Girls Lead, Champions For Change, and the Youth Champions Initiative – which has improved the lives of 7 million girls, youth, and women globally. Rise Up’s impacts include the passage and implementation of national laws, programs, and funding that save the lives of women, newborns, and children, protect girls from violence, and ensure access to quality healthcare, education, and economic opportunity. 

Denise has a PhD in Sociology from the University of California Berkeley, a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Duke University. Denise teaches courses at the University of California San Francisco, served as a Fulbright Scholar in Honduras, and is a proud board member of EngenderHealth. She previously worked for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Denise is a renowned global speaker whose work has been featured in the New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post, and she is now writing a book about girls’ empowerment globally. Denise has lived in Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, India, Ghana, and South Africa and she loves to hike and scuba dive. 

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