Access to modern contraception saves and transforms women's lives. It transforms their families and communities, too. Family planning is one of the best investments countries can make for women's empowerment, gender equality and economic prosperity.
Still, wherever I travel, I continue to meet women and girls who are unable to exercise their right to choose whether or when to have children.
Guatemala is ranked a dismally low 116 out of 135 countries for gender equality. We strongly believe that family planning is crucial to supporting the gender equality of Guatemalan women.
Even when highly effective biomedical interventions that are focused on the individual -- like contraception -- are available, factors beyond individual control often pose obstacles to their use.
Today is World Contraception Day. I am celebrating by visiting a cassava farm in Tanzania. It might seem like a strange way to observe the day, except for this fact: the women who do the majority of the labor on small family farms a...
Transforming the lives of the urban poor can only happen through women's empowerment -- not only because gender equality is a human right, but mainly because it is fundamental to bringing an entire community out of poverty.