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At Women Deliver, we always say that access to modern contraception and reproductive health is the bedrock of gender equality — and progess for all. 

A woman's access to and use of voluntary and modern contraception gives her the ability to control her own fertility, and this is imperative for her chances to finalize an education, get and keep a job, and realize her full potential.
 
The new numbers from Guttmacher show that the number of girls and women who want to postpone their next pregnancy, but who are not using any from of modern contraception is declining - from 225 million women three years ago to 214 million women today. While this progress is encouraging, providing every girl and woman with the contraception they need and deserve is still a huge task, not least in a time where conservative forces are marching and preventing women from deciding what to do with their own bodies.
 
As the global Family Planning Summit kicks off and gathers influencers and world leaders in London tomorrow, we will raise our collective voice to amplify that gender equality should be the norm, and that women everywhere have a right to decide whether and how many children to have, when, and with whom to have them. We will keep that voice going strong all the way throughout the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) where Women Deliver will be calling on world leaders to keep girls and women at the center of development efforts

There is so much that we can accomplish together, and so many good examples of solutions and of what works —the below stories are a testament to that. Share these tools, leverage data, advocate for funding, and for change, and together, let's make sure the world will meet the demand for modern contraception and reproductive health.

 

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In this piece President/CEO of Women Deliver, Katja Iversen takes a deep dive into why it is crucial to meet adolescents’ need for modern contraception.

In this podcast from The Guardian Lucy Lamble talks to Beth Schlachter of FP2020; Julia Bunting from the Population Council; Liz Ford, Global development’s deputy editor; Ali Kaviri, a youth rights and women’s campaigner in Uganda; Annet Nabizzizzi, a volunteer community health worker at Reproductive Health Uganda; and Annet Kyarimpa Mukabe, a coordinator for safe motherhood at RHU.

In this piece by Director and CEO of Together for Girls, Daniela Ligiero she dives into why it is more important than ever to ensure that more girls and women around the world are able to plan their families and their futures.

Solutions in Action: Meet the Demand for Modern Contraception and Reproductive Health

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The PSI Impact Calculator is a tool to estimate and compare the potential impact of interventions used by PSI around the globe.

This fact sheet from Guttmacher presents estimates for 2017 of the contraceptive, maternal and newborn health care needs of women in developing regions, critical gaps in service coverage, and the costs and benefits of fully meeting these needs.

This publication from UNFPA presents strategic thinking and reviews the best available evidence on effective strategies and interventions to empower girls and reduce their vulnerability to adolescent pregnancy.

This publication from International Planned Parenthood (IPPF) is a guide for peer educators, trainers and teachers’ to provide support to those wishing to include discussion of abortion in educational programs.

For more solutions that are helping girls and women to reach their greatest potential, download the Solutions Panorama, a collection of 100 programs, initiatives, and strategies that were shared at the Women Deliver 2016 Conference.

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