On April 11th a group of Rachel’s Network members had the opportunity to hear remarks from John Podesta of the Center for American Progress on “Women’s rights issues are climate change issues.” The evidence is clear: voluntary family planning empowers women, improves health and resilience, and ultimately reduces the human footprint on the planet.
Because the US is one of the largest contributors to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), eliminating US funds to the agency puts the health and rights of the world’s most vulnerable girls and women on the line. Seema Jalan, executive director of the Universal Access Project and Policy at the United Nations Foundation, speaks out against these cuts.
Del Mar Global Trust is a relatively small foundation. Although most of their grants support organizations that have a more direct association with climate change and related issues, they also support organizations like International Planned Parenthood Federation/WHR that increase access to family planning. Managing Director Elena Marszalek explains why climate and reproductive rights are so connected.
350.org Executive Director May Boeve, dubbed “the new face of the climate movement” by the Guardian, has joined the nonprofit funders’ network Rachel’s Network as a Leadership Liaison. 350.org is leveraging people power to dismantle the influence and infrastructure of the fossil fuel industry, and to develop people-centric solutions to the climate crisis.
Universal Access Project Executive Director Seema Jalan, a leading advocate for global women’s reproductive rights, has joined the nonprofit funders’ network Rachel’s Network as a Leadership Liaison. The Universal Access Project, a project of the United Nations Foundation, convenes a unique and innovative community of donors and NGOs to strengthen US support for access to family planning and reproductive health care globally.