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Conference Report: African Women and Youth as Agents of Change through Technology and Innovation

On May 1, 2013, the Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity (Leadership Project) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) sought to highlight some of the exciting developments by women and youth in Africa utilizing technology and social innovations to tackle every day issues.

The Role of Family Planning in Improving Maternal Health

Ensuring access to family planning is not only a matter of human rights, but can also play a key role in protecting the health of mothers and children. Maternal health experts and program directors met at the Wilson Center on July 31 to discuss the role family planning takes in women’s health in developing countries, what successes family planning programs worldwide have had so far, and what can be done to expand services.

Afghanistan Beyond the Headlines: Women, Youth, and War

As the United States approaches its 2014 deadline for military withdrawal from Afghanistan, one often overshadowed aspect of the conflict is the hard-won progress made by previously marginalized segments of the Afghan population, particularly women, girls, and young people.

Mothering, Medicine, and Infant Mortality in Russia: Some Comparisons (1990)

Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #236, 1990. PDF 47 pages.

Vision, Innovation, and Action to Address Child Marriage

According to the UN Population Fund, more than 140 million girls will become child brides between 2011 and 2020 – an estimated 14.2 million young girls marrying too young every year or 39,000 daily. The majority of these girls do not receive access to education or reproductive health services.

Woman-Centered Maternity Care, Family Planning, and HIV: Principles for Rights-Based Integration

Despite increases in the availability of maternal health care across Nigeria, maternal mortality rates remain high, averaging 630 per 100,000 live births in 2010, compared to the world average of 210.

World No Tobacco Day 2013

To mark World No Tobacco Day, the Woodrow Wilson Center Latin America Program in cooperation with the World Bank cohosted a high-level event featuring Dr. Tabaré Vázquez, ex-President of Uruguay, and one of the main policymakers behind Tobacco control policies in his country.  Dr. Vázquez provided an overview of Uruguay’s efforts to reduce non-communicable diseases with a special emphasis on tobacco control.