The challenges of population growth, environmental degradation, food security, and even violent extremism can be traced back to issues with girls’ health, education and human rights.
The teacher at the Koranic school described the young woman as “calm and obedient,” ideal marriage material. Samira Abdoulaye, 19, did not return the sentiment.
The rate of population growth exceeds economic growth in Niger where women have an average of seven children. Government officials hope family planning will become the best way forward.
From the U.S. to India, alarm has long been raised about overpopulation, leading to calls for harsh measures to curb it. But is population control the answer?
A look at the intersection of morality, fertility and abortion: From mega-churches to store-front parishes, religion is big in Nigeria's biggest city.
In Nigeria, birth control is stigmatized, misunderstood, and inaccessible—especially for youth. Abortion is legal only when the life of a mother is endangered. But at least 760,000 occur every year.
From traffic jams to emergency rooms, Pulitzer Center grantee Allyn Gaestel discusses her reporting in Nigeria on the Writer's Voice with Anne Hersh, a weekly program on WIOX radio in New York.
Poverty and politics are two of the biggest challenges impacting the health of women and children in Guinea.
With inadequate facilities and funding, Donka National Hospital houses Guinea’s only neonatal unit and struggles to provide maternal and infant care.
The greatest challenge in providing maternity care for one Guinean NGO clinic is not that it must make do without electricity or water, but that women don’t attend regular prenatal appointments.
In Guinea, routine prenatal care is the exception, not the rule. As a result, it has some of the world's highest rates of maternal and infant death.
In Nicaragua and El Salvador abortion bans prevent termination of pregnancies under any circumstances, including rape or incest. The governments are ill prepared to offer services young mothers need.
"We will illuminate dark places and, with a deep sense of responsibility, interpret these troubled times."
JOSEPH PULITZER III (1913-1993)