US targets population growth, urges women’s power

May 22, 2009 • Daily Email Recap

The new U.S. ambassador for global women’s issues pledged Thursday the Obama administration’s “deep commitment” to a U.N. blueprint aimed at slowing the world’s population explosion and empowering women.

At the heart of the more than 100-page action plan adopted at the U.N. population conference in Cairo, Egypt, 15 years ago is a demand for women’s equality through education, economic development, access to modern birth control and the right to choose if and when to become pregnant.

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