Helping Millions More Women Reach Their Potential


July 11, 2016

Most of us have at some point needed access to safe methods of contraception. In the United States, most of us can relatively easily get what we need. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 99 percent of U.S. women aged 15-44 who have ever had sex, have used at least one contraceptive method. In this country, 62 percent of all women of reproductive age are currently using a contraceptive method.

Around the world, 225 million women and girls who don’t want to become pregnant are not using modern contraception. Youth in particular are vulnerable.

“Just when girls should be in school and imagining the possibilities ahead, too many are held back from pursuing their ambitions…”  Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

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Back in July 2012, governments, businesses, UN leaders, experts and philanthropists came together to form a movement for action and commitment. The global community rallied around a set of common goals at the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning to drive progress on meeting the needs of millions of women and girls around the world.

At that time, more than 20 governments made commitments to address the policy, financing, delivery, and social and cultural barriers to women accessing contraceptive information, services, and supplies. They set an ambitious goal –  to ensure 120 million more women had access to contraception by the year 2020 – and came together to form Family Planning 2020 (FP2020).

Today marks the halfway point on the pathway to 2020. As of last year, an unprecedented 290.6 million women and girls are using modern contraception in the 69 FP2020 focus countries. This is an increase of almost 25 million women from 2012. More than 90 partners have joined the FP2020 partnership, including 38 countries.

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There is a significant way to go to reach those 120 million women and get them what they need. These women deserve the same chance to plan their families, safely space their children, and unlock their potential in whatever way they want.

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