The complicated landscape of women's access to equality by Barbara Crossette, 
a top journalist and  friend of 34 Million Friends. 
Click here: At the UN, Twenty Years of Backlash to 'Women's Rights Are Human Rights' | The Nation##

Men Step Up for Family Planning. Dr. Osotimehin on CNN
Click here: Opinion: Men, step up on family planning -

Malcolm Potts puts Mali and the Sahel in perspective. GREAT ARTICLE,0,3994306.story

UNFPA to increase its allocation to family planning from $25% to 40%.
Click here: Family planning summit could mark turning point for maternal health | Babatunde Osotimehin | Global development |

Click here: Rio20 | World Pulse  
Jane writes for Rio+20 for World Pulse. 
Click here: - News in Nepal: Fast, Full & Factual
Rio Summit: The world in figures. Agence France Presse.
Click here: What Sex Means for World Peace - By Valerie M. Hudson | Foreign Policy
34 Million Friends on blogs in Africa, May 2012
Click here: Afrique Actu RSS
Barbara Crossette writes about 34 Million Friends and Friends of UNFPA
Click here: ‘Americans for UNFPA’ Gets a New Name | passblue
Click here: The Trojan Paradox - By Charles Kenny | Foreign Policy
FINALLY the world is getting serious about family planning. Dateline, Dakar, Senegal, Dec. 2, 2011
Click here: Taming the wild west of family planning | World news | The Guardian

Good Stuff from UNFPA Director Babtunde Osotimehin in FORBES
Click here: UN Population Fund Executive Director on HIV/AIDS, Maternal Health, and Leadership - Forbes

Jane's article: Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin of UNFPA writes about Population in Science Magazine Click here: Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin of UNFPA writes about Population in Science Magazine | RH Reality Check

July 4, 2011 Dr. Babtunde Osotimehin, head of UNFPA says communication with men about reproductive and sexual health is crucial. I think having a man as head of UNFPA will make this easier.

Seven Billion Reasons to Invest in Family Planning by my friends Martha Campbell and Malcolm Potts.

Different Aspects of Poverty from Jane Roberts Click here:

Letter by Duff Gillespie (a friend, a member of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health) in the Lancet Medical Journal about the omission of naming contraceptives on the priority medicines list for life saving interventions. 

Feb 23, 2011  My strongly worded admonition to the House of Representatives about UNFPA funding.   

Jane Roberts (for 34 Million Friends) calls in to NPR's Talk of the Nation discussion with Nicholas Kristof and Mary Robinson on empowering women. Sept. 23, 2010. Click here: Equality Still Elusive For World's Women : NPR


Benjamin Tutu (audio from the BBC) on child marriage. 4 minutes, great!!

From the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition. Because of rising population among women of childbearing age, the need for increased budgets for family planning commodities is clear.

The heads of Engenderhealth and the Global Health Council write in the Huffington Post for FAMILY PLANNING!

The U.N. Population Fund reminds us that access to contraception is a human right!

The WORLD SUPPORTS UNFPA!  Contributions up!!! June 10, 2011


Malcolm Potts and Martha Campbell (my friends) write in Foreign Policy Magazine.

Child Marriage in Azerbaijan.  The dangers for girls.

Lies, lies and more lies about UNFPA. This is all out war against the UN organization which does more for women's health and well-being than any other.

My BLOG POST at Gender in Evaluation. 4-29-11.  

Women shortchanged in investment dollars to mitigate effects of climate change.

The Center for Global Development recommends that UNFPA focus almostexclusively on sexual and reproductive health and less on tangential areas such as women's empowerment. This is well worth reading. I  think Babtunde is heading in this direction. April 11, 2011 

Stephanie Ortoleva is an international human rights lawyer who happens to be blind. She's also a friend. Her web site:

My friends Malcolm Potts and Martha Campbell write in Foreign Policy Magazine. They know what they are talking about.

National Geographic. (Fascinating!)  The Coming Storm. Population and Climate Change in Bangladesh. April,2011

NY Times, May 2011, U.N. Predicts over 10 billion people by the end of the 21st century. This is NOT good.

Poor Jane's Almanac by Jill Lepore of Harvard. The story of Benjamin Franklin's sister. It has such relevance for today. DO please read.

Lester Brown on population, water, food in the Middle East.  WOW!   

 From the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH) of which 34 Million Friends is a member, this web site:

UN Dispatch set the record straight about UNFPA and abortion. My comment is also here.

The Population Institute blogs about my blog! Jane Roberts Takes on the House.

The wonderful Barbara Crossette in the UNA's Interdependent publication talks about the U.N.'s concern with population growth, how uneven it is  and how the developing world is particularly vulnerable.

April 2011 Follow up on ICPD, importance of population and women to development.


My good friend Richard Grossman ponders why people don't pay attention to population.

Hillary Clinton on Child Marriage in Glamour Magazine. Also read the book I AM Nujood Age 10 and Divorced.

Feb, 2011  Britain pledges full support to the work of UNFPA

A good article by Jodi Jacobson summarizing the increases in global reproductive health including for UNFPA proposed by Obama. On Feb. 10, 2011, the House leadership announced it was going to cut UNFPA funding to zero.


A very important  video from UNFPA about the issues of family planning in the Philippines, contrasting government and Catholic Church views. Story of one couple.

My article on RH Reality check about the UNFPA video cited above. Title is Hooray for UNFPA.

Cost benefits of adding family planning to investments in maternal and child health. Hint: They are huge.

Young girl from Bangladesh whipped to death for having been kidnapped and raped. Her crime: adultery.

The new Executive Director of UNFPA, Babtunde Osotimehin M.D. addresses population and development issues and talks about the 1.8 billion young people on the planet today, 90 percent in developing countries.


Jan 5,2011 My newest article on the blog of Ending tropical diseases which very much affect women. 

Barbara Crossette on political and cultural repression in the Arab World, published in the Interdependent of the United Nations Association. 

 Feb. 12, 2011  Paul Ehrlich in the Los Angeles Times. Saving EARTH.,0,413002.column 

HERE WE GO AGAIN by Jane Roberts on the subject of reproductive health and the 2010 election.

The world's GLOBAL STRATEGY for women's and children's health.  Please read this very important document. Posted on Sept. 6, 2010.

My Voice of People on the MDGs. 9-18-10

Envision Gender Equality: Nothing Else is Working,Jane Roberts, The Solutions Journal

International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) interesting research on men's reactions to gender equality issues.

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, the new Executive Director of UNFPA Jan. 1, 2011  

Peter Hotez M.D. on neglected tropical diseases which affect women's reproductive health especially in Africa. OP-ED  LA Times Dec. 12, 2010. PLEASE read.  2010.,0,289672,print.story  VERY INFORMATIVE, an incredible graph.


My Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting video, made at Women Deliver 2010. Click on my picture

Click here: Gender Based Violence: An Expanded Definition and a Pessimistic Assessment |
Wonderful article on contraception here and abroad by Amy Tsui of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is director  of the Gates Foundation Institute of Population and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins.,0,4094520,print.story  
Amy Ernst, a young American, visits Congo and talks about contraception and the Catholic Church.
For Afghan Wives, A Desperate Fiery Way Out.  NY Times  Nov. 8, 2010
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations on U.S. support for the United Nations Population Fund and congratulatory remarks about Executive Director Thoraya Obaid. 
Excellent article in Scientific American (Oct. 2010) on Maternal Health. My comment is no. 3.
The World's Women 2010, Trends and Statistics, from the United Nations
GATES Foundation on Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health
My friend Marcy Bloom's article on the Forsaken Women of the Philippines.
Defusing India's Time Bomb. Very interesting article, NY Times, Sat. Aug. 21, 2010. A strategy that is non-coersive and seems to work.
World Health Organization and UNFPA and UNICEF on health interventions for family planning, safe abortion, maternal and newborn care.  Aug. 16, 2010
Reproductive Health and Climate. This article says it all in the Global Health Magazine by Kate Mogelgaard of Population Action International
Sobering Population Statistics
Hillary Clinton on the Obama Administration's Global Health Initiative Aug. 16, 2010
RH Reality Check
Is pedophilia too strong a term for this case? I don't think so.
"Out of the Darkness of Centuries" Book review by Jane. Using media to influence reproductive health behavior.

My blog for the Global Health Council Conference, June 2010  

The Millennium Development Guys by Jodi Jacobson. WELL WORTH READING!

June 30, 2010  US Ambassador at Large for Women's Global Issues, Melanne Verveer, Statement 

From the U.K. Great article: 


Click here: Microloans Are Not Enough to Lift Women Out of Poverty

Click here: Roberts talks about women's issues - Redlands Daily Facts

Click here: Wanted: Real Money for the Poor-World’s Women

Click here: Worldview - U.N. Initiative Aims to Improve Maternal Health,0,303698.story  This article includes an iconic picture of women vs. climate change. Please see!

Click here: Women's eNews - Two Moved Mountains of Money for Global Health

Jane's review of Half the Sky for the Global Health Council

34 MILLION FRIENDS IN THE NY TIMES - Andrew Revkin Dot Earth!!!

Click here: World Population Day: The Centrality of Family Planning | by Jane Roberts

Click here: News & Broadcast - Family Planning and Reproductive Health Have Fallen off Global Development Radar ? World Bank, 

Click Here: When the World Takes Care of Women, Women Take Care of te World by Jane Roberts

Click here: A Discouraging Reality Check | by Jane Roberts

Click here: Roberts speaks about gender inequality - Redlands Daily Facts

Click here: The Girl Effect - Home 

Ban Ki-Moon Calls for Protection of Young Against Recession and Thoraya Obaid talks about the implication of 1.5 billion people on the planet being between 10 and 25 years old. Posted Aug. 12, 2010.

Participation of Men in Family Planning Decisions. Family Planning in Kenya: Not for Women Only

The War for Afghanistan's Women by Malcolm Potts in the Los Angeles Times. Aug.23, 2009 I know him. Wonderful article!,0,3722899.story


Click here: Letters: On gendercide, natural gas, IEDs, Jerusalem, Argentina, fixing things, banks | The Economist  My letter included.