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Monday, April 5, 2010

Population, Women and Water

Laurie Mazur, author of "A Pivotal Moment: Population, Justice and the Environmental Challenge," is in Chicago this week with representatives of the Izaak Walton League and Sierra Club to discuss the connections between population growth, water supply, reproductive rights, enviornmental protection, and global justice.

In 1995, around a half a billion people lived in areas of water scarcity, and by 2025, that number will be as high as 1.8 billion people. By then, two-thirds of the world's population will live in conditions with some level of water stress. This will mostly be caused by population growth.

And around the world, more than 200 million women lack access to the reproductive health services they desire, because they lack the ability to make choices for their own bodies. This number is projected to rise by 40 percent in the next 15 years.

How can we help?

1) Confront gender inequality by educating girls and women and supporting women's rights globally.

2) Fight economic disparities by promoting sustainable and equitable development.

Join Laurie Mazur and representatives from the Izaak Walton League and Sierra Club for a discussion of these issues at one of these locations this week:

April 7, 7pm-9pm
The Experimental Station
6100 S. Blackstone Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

April 8, 11:15am-1:30pm
(with Alliance for the Great Lakes)
DePaul University
14 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 1601
Chicago, IL 60604

April 8, 4pm-6pm
University of Illinois-Chicago
Lecture Center Building C4
802 South Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607

April 10, 1pm-3pm
Mayslake Peabody Estate
1717 W. 31st Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Also, read this article from Katie McKay Bryson about connecting environmental and reproductive justice.

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