Modern Contraception and Reproductive Health

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 today, 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.

Reproductive Health Reports
Deliver for Good Policy Brief: 
Meet the Demand for Modern Contraception and Reproductive Health
Guttmacher Institute (June 2017):
Adding It Up: Investing in Contraception and Maternal and Newborn Health, 2017
World Health Organization (March 2017):
Quality of care in contraceptive information and services, based on human rights standards: A checklist for health care providers
World Health Organization (March 2017):
A Guide to Identifying and Documenting Best Practices in Family Planning Programmes
UNFPA (2017) :
Engaging Men in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Including Family Planning
USAID (May 2017): Assessment of Integrated Workforce Development and Sexual and Reproductive Health Interventions with Recommendations for the Future


2017: the year we lost control of world population surge?
Liz Ford | The Guardian
Today kicks off the Family Planning Summit in London, a summit that will call for accelerated family planning progress in 69 of the world’s poorest countries. Latest figures show that an eight-year programme to get contraception to more than 100 million women is way off target.
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Video: Obstruction of Aid Endangers Women’s Lives
Human Rights Watch
Most women and girls in the rebel-held Nuba Mountains of Sudan lack access to reproductive health care, including emergency obstetric care. Their plight is one of the little known yet far-reaching effects of years of obstruction of aid to the area by the Sudanese government and armed opposition.
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Sign the SheDecides Manifesto
She Decides
The She Decides movement is inviting anyone who supports the values and principles of SheDecides to sign the manifesto, become a Friend of SheDecides and take an action for change – big or small – in their community. Join the many individuals, leaders, organizations and governments around the world who are fighting for the rights of every girl and every woman every where to be free from coercion and oppression.
Learn more ➜
Changing Uganda’s Public Health Landscape One Flash Mob at a Time
Knowledge for Health
When the aspiring public health practitioners began working on initiatives to raise awareness about critical health issues like contraception and HIV/AIDS in local communities, they knew music, dance, and performance art would attract the attention they sought. 
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Podcast: Why We Need to Get Contraceptives to Teenagers
This interview series looks at the importance of factoring the growing population of young people into the debate, and the power of family planning to affect economic development in low-income countries. Featuring Women Deliver Young Leader, Ali Kaviri, a youth rights and women’s campaigner in Uganda.
Listen to podcast ➜
Global Abortion Policies Database
WHO/HRP and the Population Division of the UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs
The database promotes greater transparency of abortion laws and policies to protect women and girls’ health and human rights. It includes information on abortion laws, policies, health standards and guidelines as stated in the source documents, with notes that provide details on unique policy nuances.
Launch Database ➜
The Power of No Starts with Choice: Empowering Girls
Together for Girls
This year, one of the four focus areas for the FP Summit will be empowering young people to thrive. There are currently 1.8 billion adolescents in the world. One thing is clear: no one will achieve universal access to family planning unless we address the unique needs of this critical group.
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Contraception and Climate Change
In this video Saundra Pelletier, CEO of WCG and Evofem, explains how family planning and global sustainability are intertwined. Her organizations' work in contraception access not only impacts the women served, but also their communities, countries, and the world.
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Contraception and Climate Change
When women can decide when or if to have children, they can invest more into building the resources they need to feed their families and send their children to school. When girls have access to education, they learn about their choices regarding reproductive options, healthcare and contraception, resulting in children being born into resilient, healthy families, with smaller carbon footprints.
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Reporter’s Toolkit on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
Universal Access Project, UNF
This toolkit includes the challenge and opportunity of realizing SRHR around the world; an overview of the role of the U.S. and UN; the current political landscape under the new administration; considerations and sensitivities when reporting on SRHR; “fast facts,” a glossary and acronyms to know; and more.
Download Toolkit ➜


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