Human rights

Ending Child Marriage in Africa by 2030: The Beginnings of a Movement?

November 1st, 2017 In a potentially significant population-related development, political leaders, activists, and local chiefs from West and Central Africa have met to commit to ending child marriage — this in a region with among the world’s highest birth rates and where more than a third of girls are married under the age of 18. In six of the countries over 50 percent [...]

Ranking the World’s Megacities: A Wake Up Call for Women’s Reproductive Rights and Health

October 19th, 2017 In a recent poll — the first of its kind — 380 gender experts on women’s issues ranked Lima, Peru as the world's worst megacity for women to obtain reproductive healthcare. The poll, conducted in June and July, highlights the lack of family planning services in Peru, where one in five girls under 19 becomes pregnant, and more than half of pregnancies [...]

New Brunswick First Province to Offer Abortion Pill for Free

April 10th, 2017 Population Institute Canada applauds the New Brunswick government's announcement that the abortion pill, Mifegymiso, will be made available for free to all women in the province covered by provincial health care. This is an important decision, one that will go a long way toward removing the financial barriers to women's access to abortion in New Brunswick. For women [...]

Canada Steps Up: $650 Million Over Next Three Years for Reproductive Health

March 9th, 2017. Population Institute Canada applauds the announcement, made by Prime Minister Trudeau on International Women's Day, of $650 million to be invested over three years towards sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). This unprecedented announcement comes on the heels of International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau's pledge of $20 million to address the SRHR funding gaps created by President Trump’s Global [...]

Following President Trump’s Reinstatement of Gag Rule, Here’s Why and How to Support Reproductive Rights

  February 10th, 2017. Population Institute Canada was pleased and encouraged by Ottawa’s announced intention to increase funding for sexual and reproductive health rights globally in response to the reinstatement by President Trump of the “gag rule” denying aid to organizations that perform or provide advice about abortion. This move will result in a US $600 million overall reduction of support for family planning organizations. The Canadian government may now support [...]

Ten: A Pivotal Age for Girls and Our Planet

    December 8, 2016. Ten is the critical age for girls in the developing world, according to the United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) 2016 State of the World Population Report. This shows that the life trajectory of ten-year-old girls will be the ultimate test of the success or failure of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, [...]

Population Stabilization: The Path to Ensuring Peace

November 7, 2016-Population Institute Canada is encouraged by a recent article by Joseph Chamie, former director of the United Nations Population Division, in which he calls for population stabilization in Africa, by far the world's fastest-growing region. We agree with his assessment that to ignore this objective will seriously compromise efforts to achieve the United Nations' universally adopted sustainable development goals (SDGs), including ending poverty, ensuring greater [...]

September 26th is World Contraception Day

World Contraception Day takes place annually on September 26th. Each year, contraception prevents 188 million unplanned pregnancies—resulting in 112 million fewer abortions, 1.1 million fewer newborn deaths, and 150,000 fewer maternal deaths. It's positive benefits are enormous and impactful. Population Institute Canada campaigns to make family planning an integral, significant part of Canadian aid programs. [...]

Unpacking the Myth of Lack of Access to Contraception in the Developing World

Population Institute Canada (PIC) is the voice of Canadians concerned with global overpopulation and its negative human and environmental consequences.   A high level of unmet need in contraception for women in the developing world is widely interpreted as evidence of a lack of access to contraceptive supplies and services. Yet an important new study from the Guttmacher [...]

July 11th, 2016, is World Population Day

Population Institute Canada (PIC) is the voice of Canadians concerned with global overpopulation and its negative human and environmental consequences. A Word about Theme "Investing in teenage girls," the theme for 2016, is especially significant given that so many girls, notably in the developing world, are considered by their communities or parents to be ready for marriage and motherhood at [...]