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Local Advocates, International NGOs Speak Out Against Restrictive Family Planning Policy Proposals In Timor-Leste

Devex: How a policy scare galvanized a small island’s family planning sector
“A restrictive family planning policy first presented to the public in July met strong opposition in Timor-Leste, where local and international nongovernmental organizations and youth groups rose up to quash it in the months following. The show of activism is welcome in a country with a historically weak family planning NGO network, where it remains largely taboo to speak about contraceptive methods. It is perhaps a sign of more change to come, several groups tell Devex…” (Rogers, 10/19).

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