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GIRL PLANET . EARTH

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A global platform for women and girls to share stories and discuss solutions to overpopulation, consumption, climate change and our planet

GirlPlanet.Earth provides a global platform for girls and women to openly discuss human population, hyper-consumption and climate change, and share stories and solutions.

For far too long, people haven't acknowledged a big elephant in the room. Or they've pointed fingers at 'population versus consumption' -- rather than naming them as two related, fundamental problems.

Without addressing both, it's just not possible to sustain human life, planetary health, or economic well-being.  

Join us.   Start the conversation, share solutions. Help solve some of our society’s biggest challenges.  We welcome women and teenage girls to our global dialogue on Facebook, here

We encourage men to share these conversations in their communities, and on their platforms.

We appreciate your allyship.

These issues are crucial to our collective survival on the planet.

 

Our Global Voices

MADELINE CANMANN

MADELINE CANMANN

USA

'After I had enough of feeling powerless, hopeless, and angry about the way people relate to the environment, I made the decision to broaden my focus and accept the fear of jumping into the world of information in all its messiness and complexity. That was over four years ago now. I found my way to the Institute for Humane Education...

FAITH PATRICIA ARIOKOT

FAITH PATRICIA ARIOKOT

UGANDA

'I planted my first tree at age 12. I started by planting trees and giving out seedlings to others, but I noticed that many were left to dry out. I had to get a niche in tree education and tree planting education. Through Faith in Trees, I started the Boom Pencil: the plantable pencil, a tool to teach what a tree is and the advantages of planting trees...

ROWENA ATUHEIRE

ROWENA ATUHEIRE

UGANDA

'It was a normal day, I was at school and received a grim message..... this was January, 2019. One month down the road, I received another message, this time at home..... it was confusion all over the place! This is when my journey with climate change began. I lost two friends that year - one to heavy rains in Uganda, the other due to winds in Geneva...

MONICA SCIGLIANO

MONICA SCIGLIANO

USA/UK

'Addressing population growth is far from the only solution to our environmental crises. Decreasing consumption, promoting active transportation and plant-based diets, cutting waste, redistributing resources and power, and economic degrowth and localisation are all important...

NIKI BAKER

NIKI BAKER

FRANCE

'Once you take a pause from the bustle and confusion and open your eyes to the impact humans are having on Planet Earth, there’s no going back. It becomes impossible to pretend that things can carry on as they are. I’ve stopped apologising for being an ‘eco-warrior’. How can any of us be anything else?

AGNES WANGUI IRUNGU

AGNES WANGUI IRUNGU

KENYA

'I would like to write my story about gender and climate change. Growing up in Kenya's rural highlands has given me a chance to closely observe the climate change that has gradually come into place. In rural Kenya, women are involved in agricultural activities but...

SUSAN PETRIE

SUSAN PETRIE

USA

'It’s all about infrastructure. That word keeps coming up in my life. I live in upstate New York, USA where man-made industrialized infrastructure--especially transportation--is a huge deal. It can be very harsh. But, natural infrastructure is also a huge deal because we are located...

MARIANNE PIETERSEN

MARIANNE PIETERSEN

AUSTRALIA / NETHERLANDS

'I am a 76-year-old woman, born and schooled in Netherlands. In high school we were taught that the world was heading towards overpopulation, that resources were limited and we had to learn to recycle because our waste management of dumping, was using up valuable land...

FU-TZU YANG

FU-TZU YANG

TAIWAN

'Peng Hu Islands, composed of 90 islands and islets in Taiwan, is my hometown. I grew up by the sea. Stone fish weirs are obstructions built in tidal areas, and are one of the remaining methods of traditional fishing in the world, and despite population sprawl...

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS

USA

'The husband and the babies are the expectation of what's supposed to happen at a certain point, and people fall back on, 'Well, that's the point of the human species, procreation.' And I'm, like, 'I think there are a lot of babies; isn't that part of what's going wrong, there's too many?...

SANDRA CUADROS

SANDRA CUADROS

PERU

'As I learned more and more about our relationship with nature, I realized how challenging is to make significant sacrifices that actually heal the planet. At the same time, I was lucky to have a mother that never pushed me to have children (unlike many families here in Peru). It is a hard decision...

ILHAM HADDADI

ILHAM HADDADI

MOROCCO

'I used to think that education is a right for all in my country and that all kids go to school, since I grew up in a city where all girls my age attended school. Unfortunately, I discovered another reality when appointed as a teacher in a remote area...

BROOKE MORALES

BROOKE MORALES

USA

'As our population grows and higher demands of consumption are to be met, the lives of billions of animals are industrialized. Through factory farming, animals turn into merchandise. Humane living conditions are traded for the maximization of profits...

LAURA O. AGHWANA

LAURA O. AGHWANA

NIGERIA

'I am a Legal Practitioner from southern Nigeria, Delta State... Being an Urhobo by tribe with a culture which recognizes having many children as an evidence of a man’s wealth and the 30th child in a polygamous family of about 8 wives and 47 children, left me with no choice...

FEZILE MTSETFWA

FEZILE MTSETFWA

ESWATINI

'We already have two or three strikes against us when trying to compete professionally on the global stage - being women, being black and African. We can't also be the pregnant African postdocs needing extra attention and accommodation in a highly competitive environment...

FLORENCE N. BLONDEL

FLORENCE N. BLONDEL

UGANDA

'In my country, Uganda, like in most of Sub-Saharan Africa, pressures for young girls and women to be childbearers persist. An average woman has about five children. My mom had 10. It's mostly the only choice we are given growing up, finding a man, giving him many children...

ISLAMIAT ABIDEMI RAJI

ISLAMIAT ABIDEMI RAJI

NIGERIA

'My mom had eight girls, but my dad had 12 children, some of whom I have never met. Knowing that my mom gave birth to eight children not because she can fend for them, but because of the pressure to have a male child, is a big lesson for me with the overpopulation and Earth crises we have...

JOANN SEAGREN

JOANN SEAGREN

USA

'I first made the connection between population, women’s education and choice, and our natural world when the Audubon Society asked me to go to Washington DC to meet with my senators, Dick Durbin and a brand-new senator, Barack Obama...

ONAJITE OKAGBARE

ONAJITE OKAGBARE

NIGERIA

'My country is blessed with natural resources, but the issue is sustainability in the wise use of our resources. Our government officials amass wealth for themselves instead of using resources wisely for the masses...

MALALA YOUSAFZAI

MALALA YOUSAFZAI

PAKISTAN

'When we educate girls and when we empower them and when we give them the quality education that they need, it actually helps us to tackle climate change because when girls are educated, they have fewer children. They're more economically independent...

DUSTI BECKER

DUSTI BECKER

USA

'In my lifetime human population has more than doubled. In 1954, there were 2.7 billion people - soon we'll be 8 billion! Humans cause climate change, ocean acidification, and many species extinctions. We are making the planet unlivable for ourselves and other creatures...

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TANYA NARANG

TANYA NARANG

INDIA

'I'm Tanya Narang, a 16-year-old student from India. I'm passionate about climate action, period poverty and enjoy western singing. My exposure to menstrual health management happened when I heard that our housekeeper would stop coming to work every month, as she would tend to her daughter who wasn’t able to go to school....

MILDRED SAABAH ACQUAH

MILDRED SAABAH ACQUAH

GHANA

'I am twenty-two years of age and a final year student at the University of Ghana, reading marine and fisheries science. As a student I may not have networks yet, but I have the one power every one of us possesses, and that is my voice. I am using it to incite and hopefully inspire people on climate...

GEETHA P.N.

GEETHA P.N.

INDIA

'As an ocean advocate and scientist, I am always trying to speak about the importance of marine ecosystem and biodiversity conservation to everyone. I wish to continue this activity to a broader level to a huge audience globally. I am an ocean lover, mother of a baby girl, with a PhD in benthic taxonomy and community ecology...

RUTH LEBRUN

RUTH LEBRUN

USA

'In addition to raising one child, I have been a dance teacher, performer and choreographer, event coordinator, farmer of a community supported agriculture farm, and Registered Nurse at 55. Sadly, many pregnancies are due to lack of education and taboos about discussing sexuality...

JULIANE ZEIDLER

JULIANE ZEIDLER

NAMIBIA

'Born as the third of four girls, I took it for granted that women "can do." My father died and I grew up in a women-led environment. This instilled in me a natural belief that a woman can do everything, be a great mother, have a brilliant career and change the world...

YUKA TANAKA

YUKA TANAKA

JAPAN

'Fossil fuels have been dug limitlessly, energy has been consumed limitlessly, trees have been burned limitlessly, and the world’s population has grown limitlessly. In such a situation, climate change is unavoidable, that we have entered an era in which each one of us...

BARBARA WILLIAMS

BARBARA WILLIAMS

UK

'I have been working as an environmental activist in the UK for two and a half years. I specialise in lobbying the UK government to consider a paradigm shift to degrowth in recognition of global ecological overshoot and ecosystem collapse. My website is called Poems for Parliament...

KAOSSARA SANI

KAOSSARA SANI

TOGO

'Last night we started drilling to find water for people in the Sahel region of my home country, Togo. It was hard and long, but successful. I am having the most difficult experiences in my life and I think it will make me more strong to face life and adapt to every situation in life...

SHEREEN SHABNAM

SHEREEN SHABNAM

UAE / FIJI / SPAIN

'As a journalist from Fiji Islands, a nation most affected by climate change, I like talking about climate change. The more you find out how global warming impacts smaller nations, the more aware and cautious you will become about wastage in your day to day lives. I have been...

MILEY CYRUS

MILEY CYRUS

USA

'We’ve been doing the same thing to the earth that we do to women. We just take and take and expect it to keep producing. And it’s exhausted. It can’t produce. We’re getting handed a piece-of-shit planet, and I refuse to hand that down to my child. Until I feel like...

BELA SCHULTZ

BELA SCHULTZ

USA

'Despite a worsening climate crisis, I never questioned if I would have children. Not having a child was a sacrifice I wasn’t willing to make – but how could I justify that decision as someone committed to addressing climate change? I found the answer when...

ZUZIWE NYARELI

ZUZIWE NYARELI

SOUTH AFRICA

'It was a delightful experience growing up in semi-arid rural areas of the Eastern Cape near Tsomo, South Africa, with my three sisters. Between the 1970s and 1990s, we lived in less crowded and polluted environments as our parents were self-sufficient...

KAROLINA GOLICZ

KAROLINA GOLICZ

GERMANY

'I’ve just thrown the trash out. A large plastic bag filled with used nappies, baby napkins, food remains, and many other ‘necessary’ things of convenience. The bag I threw away fell on top of countless other plastic bags, carton boxes and old household appliances. And I felt like crying...

GRACE PAM

GRACE PAM

NIGERIA

'People need training that recognizes the value of wisdom, wisdom that goes beyond what we learn from the walls of a conventional school. The wisdom we learn by paying attention to everything around us, nature and people, and learning to have...

AMY LEWIS

AMY LEWIS

USA

'Because my parents believed in me as a person, because they had faith in me and my vision for myself and the world I wanted to inhabit, I am now happily engaged in an ambitious career to protect half of Earth's land and halt the impending destruction of the biosphere...

JULIA FRISBIE

JULIA FRISBIE

USA

'Before I carried my one beautiful child within me, roared him out into the world, and was undone by his constant need, the future beyond my lifetime seemed abstract. Now it’s as real to me as my own tired feet...

ROCIO HERBERT

ROCIO HERBERT

MEXICO

'I moved to the United States from México with my parents and seven siblings when I was 15. It was the most amazing experience to notice all the opportunities available to me if I only worked hard enough. Having freedom to choose my career and adventures seemed much more attractive than having a large family...

PHOEBE BARNARD

PHOEBE BARNARD

GLOBAL CITIZEN

'I've had a fire in my belly for humanity to take charge of our destiny on this planet, and not give in to destruction, denialism, or despair. Since our 2019-2021 papers on a "World Scientists' Warning of a Climate Emergency," I'm working to implement solutions in the six areas we recommended to humanity...

CASSIE KING

CASSIE KING

USA

'I'm the Communications Director for the international animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere and I work with the Fair Start movement advocating for the first and foremost human right: an ecosocial fair start in life...

KAREN ESLER

KAREN ESLER

SOUTH AFRICA

'The impact we have on this planet, as collective humanity, is noticeable and profound. As a  result we now experience feedbacks to our own health and well-being.  It’s time for close scrutiny of our individual actions, because combined, multiple sustainable choices and behaviours will help to restore diversity...

MONICA LAMBON-QUAYEFIO

MONICA LAMBON-QUAYEFIO

GHANA

'I have always believed that education is a powerful tool to empower women in sub-Saharan Africa, where it has been known to reduce early marriage and fertility, increase the likelihood of wage employment and improve autonomy in decision making...

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CHAYA SARATHCHANDRA

CHAYA SARATHCHANDRA

SRI LANKA / CHINA

'I was born and grew up in a rural village surrounded by paddy fields near a coastal city of Sri Lanka. Life there was blessed, we always had fresh fish, vegetables, fruits and a bunch of innocent people to share the day. Life there was self-sustained and self-satisfied, full of greenery, soothing the soul. But I realized not everyone...

KALPANA CHANA

KALPANA CHANA

SOUTH AFRICA/AUSTRALIA

'I was born in 1965, into an Indian family in Johannesburg, South Africa. I am the youngest of six siblings, three brothers and three sisters. My parents brought us all up in the same house and when my elder brothers married and had children, we continued to stay together in one extended family. Living in a large family teaches one to be tolerant...

MARIA NAKIGANDA

MARIA NAKIGANDA

UGANDA

'It's only human to reproduce and fill the Earth as written in the holy scriptures, but we also ought to have sustainable usage of the Earth, which is more beautiful with natural forests, lakes, rivers, and wetlands. As a city councilor in Kajjansi, I sensitize people about family planning, proper disposal of plastics, planting of fruit trees, and participate in youth climate campaigns...

K.C. SHREYA

K.C. SHREYA

NEPAL

'I work with youth networks to empower and engage young people to take care of the environment and adopt nature-friendly practices and coordinate with various stakeholders to make sure that the climate action works are just and fair to all. Now, working for the environment is what I say and do.'

LILI ROQUELIN

LILI ROQUELIN

FRANCE / USA

'I am an established singer-songwriter-producer in New York City (I grew up in France) and a proud childfree woman.
I have produced and released the first-ever original song with the title "Childfree'' with 55 happy childfree women on the coverart. It is an anthem for women who live a life without having children by choice...

CATHERINE SARAH YOUNG

CATHERINE SARAH YOUNG

PHILIPPINES / AUSTRALIA

'As an artist, I believe that women contain in them universes of stories. I grew up in the Philippines, which has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancies in Asia. I saw how young women who went from having limited choices to even more limited ones. As I write this...

OLIVIA NATER

OLIVIA NATER

FRANCE / GERMANY / USA

'As much as I enjoyed picturing myself doing research in exotic locations, I felt like I had to dedicate my career to fighting the horrifyingly rapid erosion of biodiversity at the hands of humanity. The best thing about working in the population field is that I get to combine...

ZOLA CHEN

ZOLA CHEN

TAIWAN

'I have a passion for oceans, and I love swimming with whales and dolphins. I live in Taiwan, an island where various whales and dolphins periodically travel by. As a marine ecology photographer, I followed them in the waters of Tonga, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Japan, and other places...

GRESË SERMAXHAJ

GRESË SERMAXHAJ

KOSOVO

'When Phoebe asked me to join Girl Planet Earth Voices, at first I was reluctant, since I thought I don’t have one major success story on how I fought overconsumption or how I saved nature and our planet. Then, it occurred to me that indeed, neither I, nor we, do not have to do it all by ourselves....

JENNIFER ANISTON

JENNIFER ANISTON

USA

'I don't like [the pressure] that people put on me, on women — that you've failed yourself as a female because you haven't procreated. I don't think it's fair. You may not have a child come out of your vagina, but that doesn't mean you aren't mothering...

VICKI ROBIN

VICKI ROBIN

USA

'I am childless by choice and know many women choosing the same who feel belittled. Let's celebrate both joys: children and child-free. In 1994, the UN held a global conference on population in Cairo. Students of my "frugality = freedom" book, Your Money or Your Life...

LINDA LARA-JACOBO

LINDA LARA-JACOBO

MEXICO / CANADA

'I am originally from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico (Kumeyaay Land), now living in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada (Mississauga Land). I am the eldest sister in a family of two daughters. I was born and raised in a family of scientists...

MARIA ROSA MURMIS

MARIA ROSA MURMIS

ARGENTINA / CANADA

'I am an environmental and climate change advisor specialized in international cooperation and also a farmer transitioning to agroecology. I am very happy to have found a space to discuss the role of population in global sustainability and wellbeing for all...

JAYNE STEPHENS

JAYNE STEPHENS

IRELAND

'The more people, the more consumption, but it's not that simple, is it? ... Things are changing rapidly and unlike the generation before us, now most of my friends, women and men, are choosing not to have children. There is a shift happening, conversations of overpopulation...

REBECA YAMBERLA

REBECA YAMBERLA

ECUADOR

'Soy Rebeca Yamberla, tengo 43 años de edad y no tengo hijos, soy sola. Mis padres tuvieron 9 hijos, tres mujeres y seis hombres. Pero hoy, apenas tienen uno o dos hijos. En mi familia, mis cuñadas tienen cuatro hijos, y solo yo no tengo ni uno...

REEM A. ELOMARABI

REEM A. ELOMARABI

SUDAN

'Rapid increases in population growth in Sudan led to desertification, land degradation, loss of biodiversity and habitat. Many states in Sudan face challenges such as lack of drinking water, electricity, education and unsuitable environments for living. I work at a...

VIOLET MWENDERA

VIOLET MWENDERA

MALAWI

'I have always been passionate about the environment, and it saddens me to see the unsustainable path that we are currently on. When discussing sustainability and climate change, overpopulation has always been at the centre of discussions, But we cannot address population growth without addressing...

JULIA DEDERER

JULIA DEDERER

USA

'I am 73 years young, as engaged in matters that concern me as I was when I was 30, maybe even more. I never had kids. I felt a societal tug to have kids especially in my 30's, but, truthfully I've seen mothers who are meant to be mothers and I didn't have that...

BEYONCE KNOWLES

BEYONCE KNOWLES

USA

'Who run the world? Girls!'

BETTY SCHABERG

BETTY SCHABERG

USA

'I recently watched an archeology documentary about an ancient brothel on the east coast of England. The birth control method of the time was to give birth, and, in the process, kill the baby. A large pit of baby skeletons was the first clue. This information haunted me...

BELINDA ASHTON

BELINDA ASHTON

SOUTH AFRICA

'As human settlements spread out across some of the last vestiges of our natural world, habitats are being reduced and our living world is becoming smaller, more fragile. Can you imagine for a moment, the onset of spring, but no swallows? A moonlit night, yet no owls, no foxes, calling out across the darkness?...

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PHOEBE ANUMELECHI

PHOEBE ANUMELECHI

NIGERIA

'My classmate and neighbor Rebecca wanted to become a journalist. I overheard her eloquently reading old newspapers. But her family expected her to marry at their archaic view of a girl's ripe age, not further her studies. And she did marry. Five years since graduation, she struggles to cater for her three children and is pregnant...

KIRSTEN STADE

KIRSTEN STADE

USA

'I’ve always felt a kinship with nature and animals, and I’ve always felt it was my job to protect them as I would my friends and family. Most of my career has been devoted to working on protecting United States public lands from extractive industries, and volunteering in wildlife and animal rescue...

MARIANA CAMPOS

MARIANA CAMPOS

BRAZIL/AUSTRALIA

'I would love to live in a world where there is more focus given to connection than to consumption. I think our economy could thrive from provision of services, arts, and other activities, rather than purchasing more quantity of ever cheaper and lower quality products. I am actively trying to do this for myself, but it is difficult when you are...

MAXI PIA LOUIS

MAXI PIA LOUIS

NAMIBIA

'For the past years, women in conservation have not been equally involved in decision making when it comes to environmental issues. Though we are actively involved as primary natural resource users and land users, we did not have an equivalent voice in making decisions. This is changing...

SALAMATU FADA

SALAMATU FADA

NIGERIA / WALES

'My connection to nature and the environment began from my childhood holidays with my family. We spent a lot of life in Yankari Game Reserve, Nigeria and enjoyed the times immensely. Never did I imagine that those holidays will shape my professional career and my travels. ..

TATIANA ANDROSOV

TATIANA ANDROSOV

BELGIUM / USA

'It was 1976. I was standing at the desk of Addis Ababa’s most luxurious hotel complaining to fellow UN colleagues that we were in a bubble, far from the realities of life. A distinguished man turned to me and asked, “Would you like to see reality?” I recognized the respected minister...

NATASHA JASMIN DURY

NATASHA JASMIN DURY

FIJI / UK/ UAE

'As a teenager, I took part in a UN-style 'International Roundtable Conference by Future Leaders' on climate change in the UAE with His Highness Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Ali Al Nuaimi, known around the world as the 'Green Sheikh.' Our island nation produces less than 1% of carbon emissions, yet...

PENGYU CHEN

PENGYU CHEN

TAIWAN

'Pengyu means sea turtle in some languages. I live on a small island “Liuqiu”, a sea turtle hotspot, which recently became a very popular busy tourist attraction. Why not create a place where people can share what they see underwater and talk about oceans?...

GABRIELA FLEURY (they/them)

GABRIELA FLEURY (they/them)

BRAZIL / USA

'Human populations and wildlife have always lived alongside each other, but current times have made the complex landscape of human-wildlife interactions even more complex. I do research in Sub-Saharan Africa to examine how to mitigate conflict...

EMEM UMOH

EMEM UMOH

NIGERIA

'As founder and Chief Executive Officer of Women in Nature Conservation Organization (WINCO), my core career goal is to raise future passionate and resilient female conservationists in a career line fondly referred to 'the men's world'. Personally, I have...

JOSHEENA NAGGEA

JOSHEENA NAGGEA

MAURITIUS

'Conflicts over vital resources combined with anthropogenic pressures will result in more dire human-caused disasters. But in conversations about overpopulation and how we are pushing our planet home to its limits...

NANDITA BAJAJ

NANDITA BAJAJ

INDIA / CANADA

'Current pronatalist structures around the world are mired in a type of population control that pressures, and often coerces women into procreating. Driven by patriarchal, religious, cultural, political, or economic ideologies...

KARINE PAYET-LEBOURGES

KARINE PAYET-LEBOURGES

FRANCE

'I am profoundly saddened by the state of the Earth. I feel shame that greed and foolishness drive species extinction and ecosystem degradation.... My career, personal interests and sensitivity have brought me to the worldview that humanity, and planet Earth as a whole...

MALINDA GARDINER

MALINDA GARDINER

SOUTH AFRICA

'My parents had 5 children, of whom three had one child each and the other two none. My parents taught us to be frugal. They were farmers and we had to help with various tasks. This made us realise what it takes to put food on the table and clothes on our backs. We were taught...

CLOVERLEY LAWRENCE

CLOVERLEY LAWRENCE

SOUTH AFRICA

'I am the youngest of 6 girls and was raised in a culture that favoured a male heir. Growing up in apartheid South Africa, access to opportunities was limited, while being part of a large family meant resources were even scarcer...

PERNILLA HANSSON

PERNILLA HANSSON

SWEDEN

'The concept that we cannot have endless growth on a finite planet is not a complicated concept. It was something I could understand even as a child, and it is only when we seriously discuss this reality that progress can be made...

MEGHA DATTA

MEGHA DATTA

INDIA

'From physically congested environments, sometimes surrounded with waste, filth and pollution, to greater insecurity for shared resources, mistrust, unhealthy competition - the list of impacts is long. As a privileged urban middle class Indian woman, I may not be an authority...

LAVINIA PERUMAL

LAVINIA PERUMAL

SOUTH AFRICA

'I'm not sure population growth or even consumption are true reflections of the actual problem. We face a deeper struggle. Whether it is the climate crisis or a biodiversity one, any effective mitigation and adaptation will require us to tackle the injustices of the past and present...

ANAIDA WELCH

ANAIDA WELCH

PANAMA

'My  mom had six children, five girls and one boy.  In her own family there  were only three siblings, two brothers and herself.  When I was a  teenager, I never thought of kids or getting married.  My major concern  was to finish school.  After that, getting married and having children  was still not on my mind.  I had no plans for that...

MASUMI GUDKA

MASUMI GUDKA

KENYA

'Focusing only on the issue of population growth can disenfranchise women in the global south and further widen the gap between the north and south. Instead, let us encourage a discourse where we examine population growth and consumption patterns in tandem. ..

CHIOMA I. OKAFOR

CHIOMA I. OKAFOR

NIGERIA

'In my culture, the number of children you have determines the level of respect given to you as a woman. But this is gradually changing. In the former days, a woman can give birth to 11 children and more, until 6 children became the minimum. Now most couples are content with 3 children...

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