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Why aren’t women’s issues on the agenda at Rio+20?

Women need to be on the Rio docket. (Photo by Cintia Barenho.)

In just two months, world leaders will gather in Rio to hammer out a new set of agreements on what sustainable development means, and more importantly, how both rich and developing nations can get there before it’s too late. Day by day, the buzz is building around this historic Earth Summit. But there’s a problem: The big plans being hatched for the occasion -- nicknamed Rio+20 -- leave women out.

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How environmental and women’s groups can work together

All together now!Photo: Edu van GelderCross-posted from RH Reality Check. Two experts -- Dr. Carmen Barroso, director of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Western Hemisphere Region, and Carl Pope, former executive director and current chair of the Sierra Club -- explain the connections between environmental and population issues and how the movements can work together. Q. When did you start to see the synergy between environmental and population issues? A. Carmen Barroso: I remember when we didn't see them. In the 1980s, I was living on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil, developing a sex-education program with local women's organizations. …

Read more: Living, Population