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Highlights from our Spring 2019 Newsletter are below:
Nepal has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with Girls Not Brides reporting 41 percent of Nepali girls being married before they are 18 years old.
Population Media Center (PMC), an international nonprofit entertainment company, addressed child marriage as a key issue in two entertaining radio series. Now, evaluation results are coming in showing PMC listeners in Nepal as 2.1 times more likely to have taken action to discourage child marriage.
Recognizing his tremendous service to Population Media Center, the Board of Directors recently recognized Dr. Negussie Teffera for his exemplary and dedicated work as Resident Representative of PMC-Ethiopia from 2000 to 2019. In a resolution on April 16th, the board honored his two decades of leadership, which recently ended with Dr. Negussie’s retirement.
Last summer, a fuel riot erupted in Haiti after the government announced a reduction in fuel subsidies which would result in major increases in the price of gasoline, diesel, and kerosene. The announcement led to protests and civil unrest throughout the country for days on end. On the second anniversary of current President, Jovenel Moise’s, election (February 7) protests broke out again in Haiti, this time calling for the resignation of President Moise.
Population Media Center is excited to announce Umurage (“Inheritance for a Better Future”) will be back for another season in Rwanda! Umurage has captured the hearts and imagination of Rwandans with season two reaching an estimated 1.1 million loyal listeners every week from June 2017 to June 2018. The popularity demanded that we continue this show, which also allows us to continue to inform the communities about important health and social issues.
CineStory is excited to announce that E. Napoletano is the recipient of the 2019 Population Media Center (PMC) CineStory Scholarship. PMC will cover the cost for E. to attend the 2019 CineStory TV retreat held in Idyllwild, CA this March.
E. Napoletano hails from the outskirts of Houston, TX and a family that was never completely broke but not quite stable. Caught between ongoing custody battles and strict gender roles, E. found an escape – and ultimately, a career – writing uncensored stories about the spaces “in-between.”
Some PMC donors have reached the magical age of 70 1⁄2 when required minimum distributions (RMDs) from IRAs begin to happen. And now that many donors have lost the ability to itemize charitable contributions with the recent tax legislation, I was happy to learn that there is still a tax-advantaged way to give. An RMD is often taxable income and can even raise the recipient to a higher tax bracket. But one can arrange for a portion of the distribution to be given directly by the administrator of the traditional IRA or Roth IRA to a public charity, thus reducing taxable income dollar for dollar for the amount of the gift.
Today, we celebrate girls around the world. We celebrate them because of their dreams, their potential, their value. These girls – they make us laugh, they hold us accountable, they make us whole. And they do that by being who they are. How do we help all girls find and be their true selves?
In 1998, the UN estimated global population would hit 9.4 billion in the year 2100. The UN now expects 11.2 billion. An overwhelming proportion of this projected human population increase will be driven by the demographic trajectory of sub-Saharan Africa. The good news is that projections are inherently malleable. The unwelcome news is that to influence demography towards a more sustainable trajectory is easier said than done.