Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) is a global partnership that supports the rights of women and girls to decide—freely and for themselves—whether, when and how many children they want to have. They work with governments, civil society, organizations, donors, companies and the research and development community to find ways to enable 120 million more women and girls have access to voluntary family planning options by 2020.
Just launched is their third progress report, Commitment to Action. The report details significant accomplishments and setbacks in the three years since the event that began this process – the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning. An International Conference on Family Planning due to be held this week to gather the community was postponed due to a volcanic eruption in Indonesia. That makes it is more important than ever to get word out about this important initiative and maintain the movement’s work.
24.4 million more women and girls are using modern methods of contraception in the world’s poorest countries.
Why Voluntary Family Planning?
The benefits of family planning extend beyond individuals to communities and countries and are essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or global goals. Voluntary family planning enables women to better ensure their families’ security, education and well-being. This new report announces that an unprecedented number of women and girls are using modern methods of contraception: 290.6 million in the 69 focus countries of the FP2020 movement.
Contraception Saves Lives
The statistics are staggering. In just three years, 24.4 million more women and girls are using modern methods of contraception in the world’s poorest countries. From July 2014 through July 2015 alone, 80 million unintended pregnancies, 26.8 million unsafe abortions and 111,000 maternal deaths have been avoided.
The Bottom Line
When women and couples can time and space their pregnancies, the health of their family and community improves, opportunities expand, poverty declines, economies grow and natural resources can be managed and used wisely. FP2020’s rights-based family planning method means listening to what women want, treating individuals with dignity and respect and ensuring that everyone has access to full information and high-quality care.
Take Action Challenge
Do you believe in the importance of protecting the rights of women and young girls by giving them access to family planning information and care?
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- Incredible! 3 years of global #FP2020Progress = 80M unintended pregnancies avoided, 111K maternal deaths prevented! pic.twitter.com/hdJaDuKyhj
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