The Heroes of International Women’s Day

PSI works to make it easier for women in the developing world to live healthier lives and plan the families they desire. Now more than ever, our commitment to women is unwavering. On International Women’s Day, we’re featuring three heroes of their own stories. In keeping themselves and their families healthy, they’re creating a better

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She Keeps the Power to Decide

On March 2, governments around the world will convene in Brussels to ensure that women and girls have the power to decide their own futures. The She Decides International Conference, part of the She Decides Initiative, will address the decrease in US funding as a result of the reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy, or

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How to Transform Sanitation Access for Women and Girls in Vietnam

By Alena Sims, Communications Associate, MCSD, PSI In rural Vietnam, 30% of families lack access to sanitation facilities that meet basic hygiene standards. The lack of access to sanitation disproportionately affects women and girls, who face numerous adverse health effects and safety risks as a result. To address this issue, PSI Vietnam, with support from

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Putting Women and Girls at the Centre of Our Work

“Only when we listen do we understand and gain the respect of the people we want to serve; only then can we truly deliver what people want and need.” PSI thought partner and Maverick Collective founding member Pam Scott understands that the women and girls we’re trying to serve need to be at the heart of our creative

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#PutHerFirst

What Does it Mean to Put Her First

#PutHerFirst

By Marshall Stowell, Vice President, PSI and Editor-in-Chief, Impact Magazine As many of the world’s most influential voices gather at Women Deliver to discuss how to put action behind the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially those that support girls and women, we need to address the political, financial and cultural barriers that — despite the

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What’s Important to European Donors?

By Karen Sommer Shalett, PSI Where government and multilateral donors choose to invest foreign aid has the power to affect tremendous change across the developing world. Among European donors, these have signaled their commitment to girls and women by including them at the forefront of their agendas, providing a path forward for 2016 and beyond.

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Girl Empowerment

Who Will Drive the Change?

By Karl Hofmann, PSI President and CEO Given the gains that the developing world has seen in the last 15 years, some of us may want to believe that the tide has turned against misogyny and toward girls’ and women’s empowerment, rights, participation, emancipation and leadership. But we would be wrong. An anti-progressive current still

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI An international effort that calls for the prevention and end of abuse of girls and women kicks off today, November 25, on the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women. The 16 Days Campaign Against Gender-Based Violence runs until Human Rights Day, December 10. Here are some important

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World Toilet Day

How Building Toilets Ensures Dignity and Health for Women and Girls

Each year, over a million children around the world die from diarrheal and other diseases associated with unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene practices. This World Toilet Day, read below for one example of how PSI and its partners are joining together to give girls and women access to a basic human right to

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Kennedy Odede on how Improved Girls’ Health & Education Can Lift an Entire Community

By D’Arcy Williams, Intern, External Relations and Communications Hope, 20 cents, and a soccer ball are all it took for Kennedy Odede to start a local NGO Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) in 2004. By kicking around that ball with anyone who would gather, Odede began a conversation that he’s turned into a movement. Odede

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Girl Child India

On International Day of the Girl Child, Indian Women Speak Out on Why Girls Matter

By Minal Bopaiah, Communications Manager, PSI and Sophie Greenbaum, Graphic Designer, PSI The United Nations has declared October 11 as International Day of the Girl Child, a day to recognize the unique set of challenges facing girls in the world. And while PSI is working tirelessly everyday to further the health and human rights of every woman

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The Future of Philanthropy

Are we disenchanted with women’s empowerment?

By Kate Roberts A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a room full of women philanthropists at the Women Moving Millions Summit in New York where the theme was ‘power’ and how it can be used to transform the lives of girls and women worldwide. Suddenly the cast of a new musical comedy Disenchanted! appeared on

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