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Using Technology to Prevent Dating Violence and Improve College Safety

December 2016: Event At a recent symposium at Johns Hopkins University, researchers and policy advocates described how technology can be both a tool to perpetrate and to prevent sexual violence. They explored research on the prevalence of sexual violence on college campuses and examined evidence on technology-based prevention strategies, including smartphone apps to help avert dating violence and connect victims with assistance.

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Youth Advocates for Family Planning

As part of a project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Population Reference Bureau (PRB) has been supporting the Young Ambassadors for family planning from the nine member states of the Ouagadougou Partnership (OP). Launched in 2011, the OP focuses on meeting unmet family planning needs in its nine member states in francophone West Africa, which have collectively pledged to add 2.2 million more family planning users between 2015 and 2020.

Existing Data Show Increase in Married Same-Sex U.S. Couples

December 2016: Article The number of married same-sex couples in the United States has increased dramatically in recent years. In June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in every U.S. state. Married same-sex couples totaled an estimated 486,000 by October 2015, representing 45 percent of all same-sex couples, up from the 2013 level of 230,000 married same-sex couples, 21 percent of the total.

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Intimate Partner Violence and Family Planning

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University. Developed for this 25th anniversary of the campaign, this infographic explores the intersection of intimate partner violence and family planning.

Activism Against Gender Based Violence

November 2016: Event Begun in 1991, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, commemorated around the world with activities from November 25—International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women—through December 10—International Human Rights Day—symbolically linking violence against women and human rights, thus emphasizing that such violence is a human rights violation.

Poverty and Inequality Pervasive in Two-Fifths of U.S. Counties

November 2016: Article Over the past two decades, inequality and poverty have both become more pervasive in U.S. counties. PRB’s analysis shows that counties are often doubly disadvantaged—experiencing high levels of inequality in combination with high poverty rates. Orleans Parish, Louisiana, home to the Port of New Orleans (pictured above), is an example of a high-inequality, high-poverty county.

Longevity Research: Unraveling the Determinants of Healthy Aging and Longer Life Spans

November 2016: Report Most people know about the importance of eating a healthy diet, exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding smoking to prevent disease and increase longevity. But researchers have identified many other factors—including genetics, social connections, early-life experiences, and even certain personality traits—that may affect life expectancy.

Noncommunicable Disease Report Event in New Delhi

November 2016: Event On July 21, 2016, PRB hosted a regional event in New Delhi to launch a new package of publications—policy report, data sheet, and data appendix—on NCD risk factors among young people across Asia. The four main NCD risk factors are tobacco, alcohol use, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity. Rates for these risk factors are already high or increasing throughout the region.

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Men as Contraceptive Users and Family Planning Clients

Overall use of contraceptives has increased globally, but use of modern male methods (condoms and vasectomies) remains low. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) target of universal access to reproductive health by 2030 will be difficult without men’s participation.

Global Youth Family Planning Index: Measuring Commitment to Effective Policy and Program Interventions

October 2016: Report Governments around the world have made great strides in creating policies that support young people. Increasingly, countries have formalized the rights of adolescents and young people to access sexual and reproductive health services. Despite growing commitment from decisionmakers, many barriers remain for young people who want to use contraception.

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