Examining Global Commitment To Ensuring Women’s Access To Contraception  

“A global community is recommitted and reenergized and we as individuals have the power to ensure that women’s autonomy over health-related decisions is a fundamental right, not a privilege,” Valerie DeFillipo, director of Family Planning 2020, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog.” “The effort to make contraception available is part of our commitment to reduce poverty, enhance human rights, feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty and share the wealth we have with those who need it. Each of these pieces needs the other, and is integrally connected to each other in order to thrive,” she continues, adding, “We can’t leave women’s lives up to chance. When we get the choices right for women, we get it right for development. And in the next seven years, with the lives, dreams and opportunities of millions of the world’s women at stake … we simply have no choice but to get it right” (6/8).