Women's rights

Population and women's rights

Not a single country has yet achieved full gender equity and women across the world continue to suffer from discrimination, abuse and lack of choice. Gender inequality is a primary driver of high birth rates.

Most women live in developing countries, which often rank poorly on gender equity. More than 200 million women who wish to avoid pregnancy are currently unable to because they are not using modern contraception. A quarter of all girls do not attend secondary school and one in five girls is married before her 18th birthday, meaning many women still spend most of their lives bearing children at short intervals. Empowering women and girls is one of the most powerful, yet sadly neglected, solutions to overpopulation.

Learn more about women’s rights and population here.

See our latest news stories and blog posts about women’s rights below.

Aubergine with lemons
22 October 2020

Birth control: where are the male options?


Population Matters Magazine - Autumn 2020

David Attenborough on Easter Island
7 October 2020

Attenborough film: Saving our planet requires ending population growth

Population Matters campaigners in New York
24 September 2020

PM supporters call for UN action


The Unmet Contraceptive Needs of Women and Girls - 2020

Contraceptive pills
22 September 2020

Reproductive Healthcare: The Missing Link

Sanghamitra Singh
21 September 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on women’s reproductive health in India: Safeguarding women’s rights

14 September 2020

Relationships & Sex Education: Teach Everyone Every Aspect


UN Global Week to #Act4SDGs

Densely packed buildings
28 August 2020

It's time to end harmful population denial

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