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Global Leaders, International Community Should Prioritize Funding To Ensure Women, Girls Have Access To Contraceptives

Huffington Post: World Contraception Day: Saving and transforming women’s lives
Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

“…Family planning is one of the best investments countries can make for women’s empowerment, gender equality, and economic prosperity. … But far too many women and couples still lack access to modern contraception. Today, as we mark World Contraception Day, some 225 million women who want to avoid pregnancy are not using safe and effective family planning methods. Moreover, a global funding crisis is threatening family planning programs … Together, let us recommit ourselves to ensuring that every woman and adolescent girl has the means and information to delay pregnancy until she is ready. Today, I call on global leaders and the international community to prioritize funding for contraceptives and the systems that deliver them. Let us ensure that every pregnancy is by choice, not chance” (9/27).

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