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“Empower her … Empower humanity” speaks to the heart of Population Connection’s values. Our mission of global population stabilization is powered by upholding women’s rights as human rights.
We know that when we empower women and girls through voluntary access to reproductive health care, their lives improve.
Whole communities benefit from expanded access to family planning. Take those bordering the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, where Ugandan organization Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH) began a groundbreaking program to implement family planning alongside their existing conservation programs. In 2016, we partnered with CTPH to enhance their family planning outreach and to integrate their success stories into our lobbying for increased U.S. funding of such vital programs.
We believe no one should suffer health complications or death due to unsafe abortion.
Last year, Population Connection and our sister organization, Population Connection Action Fund, spotlighted the 47,000 women and girls dying from unsafe abortion around the world annually.
Together, we rallied against the Helms Amendment, a backwards policy preventing U.S. funded clinics from caring for women who need safe, legal abortion. We succeeded in a national grassroots effort to persuade key leaders to support outright repeal of these odious restrictions.
We brought thousands of new activists to our cause, and will continue battling, together, to empower women worldwide to make the best reproductive decisions for themselves.
We believe every American should understand the ramifications of population growth.
Population Connection educates the next generation of activists, policy makers, and environmental stewards. Since 1975, our Population Education program (or PopEd) has trained hundreds of thousands of K-12 educators to share the impacts of global population growth with their classrooms.
PopEd reached a high-water mark last year, presenting more workshops than ever before: 750 workshops in 45 states and six countries. The demand from teachers continues to outpace our supply, so we launched a new graduate-level course online with the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
Young people want to change the world. In 2016, PopEd showed three million of them how to do just that.
We have the means to solve the population problem—fully aligned with human rights and the empowerment of women.
Population growth is the only problem I know that is getting worse at the same time it’s getting better. I describe this phenomenon to students when I speak on college campuses across the U.S. In 1968, there were only four countries with replacement-level fertility rates. Now, there are 96. And yet, we continue adding 83 million people to our planet each year.
To quote a member of Population Connection’s Board of Directors, Hania Zlotnik, we must “change the now” if we are to change the future.
Once we succeed in expanding access to birth control and the full spectrum of reproductive health care for women worldwide, we will succeed in changing this future. Working together, we will stabilize global population.
With thanks to our 40,000 members, Population Connection is succeeding. This grassroots organization runs on the spirit, volunteerism, and advocacy of our members and supporters.
To the professional educators who volunteer their time to train teachers, to the advocates speaking out at rallies and marches, and to our generous benefactors who underwrite Population Connection’s programs, thank you. You make this work possible. You have my deepest gratitude and inspire those of us working toward a stable global population every day.
President & CEO