Reforestation is one of the primary weapons we have against climate change and -- crucially -- against ever-expanding desertification, a scourge that affects two thirds of the world's countries and about one billion people.
A culture that holds laboring women more or less to the usual social norms and stifles their full expression during birth is one that limits women's coping mechanisms.
On Saturday 6th February, the world will mark the International Day for Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Marianne Littlejohn helps show women that their birthing experience doesn't have to be as traumatic as they feared.
With the Sustainable Development Goals enshrined by world leaders and the United Nations Secretary-General's updated Global Strategy for Every Woman, Every Child launched last month, we can make maternal deaths a thing of the past.
When I teamed up with community members, health workers and District leaders to conduct an assessment of the nine health centers in Lira, Uganda we found out that none of them had running water.
I can say from personal experience that being a guy with a beard, a low voice and a pregnant belly does not constitute conforming to sex-role stereotypes in our society.
Trans, genderqueer and intersex people have been giving birth for as long as women-identified people have and we have also encountered oppression.