Why we should allow women to make their own family planning choices
Access to education, the right to make choices about your own body – these are things many of us take for granted. But the reality for many women and young people in developing countries is very different.
Denied rights to some very basic choices – such as how many children to have and when, whether to stay in school, and how to participate in their country’s economy – the story for young people is frequently one of opportunities curtailed. For some, this is about culture, custom, economics or just denial of basic human rights. For others it is as simple, yet life changing, as not having access to modern contraceptive methods.
I am in Ethiopia this week with politicians, researchers, young leaders, civil society groups and policymakers – a real mixture of organizations gathered together with one key objective – trying to change the way action is taken on access to family planning.
The International Family Planning Conference 2013 will showcase innovation and examine what needs to be done to enable nations to tackle the challenges they face. Why does this matter? Because more than 220 million women in developing countries lack access to contraceptives, information, and services.
This is a life or death crisis – complications in pregnancy and childbirth are a leading cause of mortality for women in Africa, meaning the issue of women’s rights over their reproductive health is absolutely central to human survival.
To read the full article, please click here: http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2013/11/12/why-we-should-allow-women-to-make-their-own-family-planning-choices/
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