About Why We Care


Why We Care is a partnership effort of the United Nations Foundation and The Aspen Institute to chronicle the widespread commitment of both U.S. and global leaders to address the unmet need of over 220 million women worldwide for access to quality reproductive health services.

The United Nations Foundation connects people, ideas and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems. Our Universal Access Project works to achieve universal access to reproductive health care – resulting in healthier women, stronger families, and more stable, prosperous communities.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization whose mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Aspen Global Health and Development Initiative promotes breakthrough solutions to global development challenges by: bringing leaders together to share and advance innovative practices and evidence based solutions; working to replicate successful local practices at a global level; strengthening the capacity of developing world leaders to champion and act on these solutions.

Why We Care would not have been possible without the support of the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the United States Agency for International Development. We are also grateful to writers and editors Ann Espuelas and Joanne Omang, rockstar photographer Dominic Chavez, and for the incredible generosity of the individuals whose personal stories are featured here. Thank you!