Family planning

Population and family planning

Modern contraception has played a key role in decreasing global fertility rates (the total number of children per woman). Having the freedom to choose if, when and how many children to have has enabled women in high-income countries to pursue education and career opportunities that were previously inaccessible.

Unfortunately, the majority of women still have insufficient control over their fertility and their lives. More than 230 million women in developing nations who wish to avoid pregnancy are currently unable to because they are not using modern birth control. Barriers to family planning include lack of access, cost, misinformation, and patriarchal religious and cultural norms.

Read our latest news stories and blog posts about family planning.

Densely packed buildings
28 August 2020

It's time to end harmful population denial

Small family in woods
21 August 2020

Earth Overshoot Day: How smaller families shrink our ecological footprint

Senegalese woman learning about modern contraceptives
10 August 2020

Investing in contraception would save billions of dollars

4 August 2020

Championing better choices: My work as a young population activist

21 July 2020

International Childfree Day: Childfree Stories

Crowd crossing road
20 July 2020

Two billion fewer people?

14 July 2020

World Population Day 2020 – sustainable development needs a sustainable population

Veiled woman
7 July 2020

Violated rights: the governments controlling women’s bodies


Hitting the Targets - Population and the SDGs

2 July 2020

Number of women and girls subjected to harmful practices still growing

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