Better Access to Family Planning Could Help Improve Women’s Rights

By Amy DiElsi

August 26, 2016

As we head closer towards the UN General Assembly, we reflect on some critical conversations that happened earlier this year at Women Deliver. Check out another article from the series, “How Can We Make Pregnancy Safer For Everyone?”

225 million women around the world want contraception and don’t have access to it. Working together with Family Planning 2020, our goal is to help 120 million more women and girls receive the contraception they need and want by 2020.

This is important because we know that unintended pregnancies can be life-threatening in addition to life-altering when a woman or young girl can’t take ownership of when and how many children she has.

Global Moms Community Manager Chrysula Winegar interviewed three leaders working on this critical issue with far-reaching impact on global challenges like climate change and poverty. Susanne Ehlers, CEO for PAI USA, said, “it is music to my ears that we’re talking about women and girls being absolutely central to achieving the SDGs and the achievement of the goals resting literally on the shoulders of women and girls around the world. For me, family planning is the cornerstone.”

Watch the full interview from the Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen with Bulbul Sood, Country Director for Jhpiego India, Michele Moloney-Kitts, Managing Director for Together for Girls USA, and Susanne Ehlers.


Take Action Challenge

All women have the right to access modern, safe and effective contraception. You can help by adding your image and voice to the conversation using #FPVoices on Facebook, Twitter and Tumbler. To read the powerful messages already shared, visit

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Lead photo of a female doctor discussing Family Planning with women at Mchinji Hospital in Malawi where UNFPA provides support. Photo courtesy of UNFPA/Pirilani Semu-Banda

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