Over 70 people attended PopPov’s parallel event during the 59th annual UN Commission on the Status of Women. The panel, “Rights Make Might! Reproductive Rights as Economic Empowerment for Women and Girls,” explored how access to quality reproductive health services protect and improve the health and economic well-being of women and girls, as well as the effects of cash transfer programs. The event was co-sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). The following researchers shared some of their findings:
- Dr. Anne Khasakhala – “Fertility and Poverty: The Role of Gender and Reproductive Health”
- Dr. Catalina Herrera Almanza – “The Impact of Early Childbearing on Schooling and Cognitive Skills in Madagascar”
- Dr. Amber Peterman – “Economic Development and Reproductive Health as Mutually Reinforcing Cycles: Evidence From Cash Transfer Evaluations”
Comments affirming the importance of reproductive health to promote economic empowerment were provided by Kate Gilmore (Deputy Executive Director, UNFPA) and Sarah Degnan Kambou (President, ICRW).
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