Giving Compass’ Take:
• 214 million women in developing countries want to avoid pregnancy, but are not using modern contraception. UN Foundation discusses how to address this issue with family planning interventions.
• The takeaway here is that international partnerships and coalitions have made significant progress in this area, but it’s important not to lose sight of higher gender equity goals.
Nearly 70 years ago, the world adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and proclaimed that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” While progress has been made toward this declaration, it will not be fully realized until every woman and girl is in charge of planning when and whether she has a family.
Eleanor Roosevelt, who helped create the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, noted that human rights begin “close to home,” and there is no place closer than a woman’s right to family planning. Moreover, the evidence is clear: When women are empowered to plan their families, it sparks transformative change across their lives, their families, and their communities. Now, our task is to protect the progress we’ve made in expanding access to family planning and renew our ambition to reach every girl and woman.
At the International Conference on Family Planning in Rwanda, Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) released its annual report capturing its latest data and trends on contraception. The report’s most promising finding: More women and adolescent girls than ever before — 317 million — are voluntarily using modern contraception in the world’s 69 lowest income countries. This represents an unprecedented increase of 46 million women since the FP2020 partnership began six years ago.
Read the full article about accelerating momentum on family planning by Kathy Calvin at United Nations Foundation.
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