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Women’s, Girls’ Reproductive Rights ‘Should Be At Heart Of Every Development Program’

The Guardian: The Guardian view on family planning: the unsung human right
Editorial Board

“…Next month marks the halfway stage of the Family Planning 2020 initiative, an attempt to get 120 million more women and girls in 69 countries using contraception, that was launched at a London conference in 2012. According to the U.N.’s population fund, there are twice that number who would like to be able to avoid getting pregnant if they could. … Breaking down the barriers that stop women and girls having the right to choose should be at the heart of every development project. This is a vital aspect of women’s health; yet it often feels like the poor relation in development. … [T]he scale of the task of breaking down the barriers that stop it being a universal right is daunting. But for women and girls everywhere, it must become a development priority” (6/21).

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