Universal Access Project

Universal Access Project

30Every girl and woman deserves the opportunity to determine her own future. Yet 225 million girls and women around the world who want to delay or avoid pregnancy are not using modern contraceptives. This unmet need has severe consequences: when you can’t plan your family, you can’t plan your life.

That’s why the United Nations Foundation’s Universal Access Project seeks to strengthen the U.S. leadership on international family planning and reproductive health. Leadership by the U.S. policymakers is critical because the United States is the largest bilateral donor to the international family planning programs and a primary finder of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the largest multilateral provider of international reproductive health services.

U.S. support is necessary to provide girls and women around the world with the cost-effective and life-saving family planning information, tools and services that they want and need. In turn, girls can stay in school, women can pursue an income, and both can have children if and when they are ready, helping to break the cycle of poverty.

The Universal Access Project works with a diverse group of international family planning advocates to educate policymakers on the importance of international reproductive health and to raise awareness about the need to invest in the health and empowerment of girls and women around the world.

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