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$50 for 50 Years of Reproductive Rights

Analysis Suzanne Ehlers, Former President and CEO

At PAI, we believe no woman should lack access to reproductive health care and contraception. We fight every day to make sure that girls across the world have control over their own reproductive health so their dreams can become a reality.

Today, PAI is proud to join thousands of businesses, organizations, and individuals who are kicking off the holiday season by participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back and celebrating generosity.

2015 marks PAI’s 50th anniversary. To celebrate, we ask you to contribute $50 for 50 years this #GivingTuesday.

Today, we think about women we have met around the world fighting for the right to quality reproductive health care. In Malawi we met Towera, an 18-year-old who spent the summer sleeping outside of a district hospital for months waiting to give birth to her first child. The hospital lacks funding and is overcrowded, forcing many women like Towera to camp outside, hoping to receive the care they need.

At PAI, we know this is no way for a girl to spend her summer, much less live her life.

That’s why we fight for critical policies that will help women access quality family planning and reproductive health care services. And for the past 50 years, you’ve been a crucial part of our fight.

But we still need your help. As Edford Mutuma, an advocate for reproductive rights in Zambia recently told us, “This is just a beginning. We have lots left to do.” We couldn’t agree more.

Donate to PAI today to help continue the fight for global reproductive rights.

We’re asking those who share our vision to contribute $50 for 50 years in honor of our 50th anniversary. Your support will help PAI’s efforts working with local organizations around the world to improve policies and increase funding for reproductive health care and family planning so women like Towera can get the care they deserve. In just the past year, PAI provided more than $1.3 million to 30 of our partner organizations in 20 countries, supporting them to make real change in the lives of women.

Like you, we know that when women control their own reproductive health, they thrive, and when women thrive, communities thrive. Your contribution to our $50 for 50 years campaign will help PAI renew our commitment to advocating for a world in which access to sexual and reproductive health care is a fundamental right.

We hope you’ll kick off this holiday season and #GivingTuesday with PAI by donating today.

Thank you and warm wishes for a happy holiday season.


Suzanne Ehlers

President and CEO

P.S. If you’re a member of the armed forces, U.S. Foreign Service, or in the federal civil service, you can also donate to PAI through the Combined Federal Campaign, CFC #12422.

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