Next week, couples in the United States and around the world will be celebrating Valentine’s Day. As you decide between buying your loved one chocolates or jewelry, we at Worldwatch hope you will also think about the gift that so many of the world’s women desperately want and need:reproductive health.
Reproductive health, including access to contraceptives and the ability to plan a family, is an essential human right. It safeguards lives and promotes families that are emotionally and economically healthy. Worldwatch has long written about the important connections between family planning, women’s health and well-being, and environmentally sustainable populations. You can read more about this in my own research here and here.
This week I am writing you from New York City, where I am meeting with various funding organizations and Worldwatch supporters as well as journalists. I will also be at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, which will be highlighting Worldwatch in their “Giving Library,” an online video resource that connects foundations and other philanthropists with non-profits.
Worldwatch researchers continued to offer a diversity of articles this week. In this post, we discussed how cell phone applications are providing useful services, such as money transfers and market information, to many small-scale farmers in Asia and Africa. In thisarticle, we examined recent updates on the Keystone pipeline construction debate. And in this article, we highlighted Sauti ya wakulima (Voices of the Farmers), a collaborative, multimedia database that brings together the knowledge and experience of farmers in the Bagamoyo District in Tanzania.
Don’t forget that you can now pre-order copies of our report State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity, which will be published on April 11. If you will be in the D.C. area that day, we hope you will be able to join us for the event. Please click here to register. We will also be providing a live video stream online for those who won’t be able to attend the launch in person.
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