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.

Small family in woods
21 August 2020

Earth Overshoot Day: How smaller families shrink our ecological footprint

20 August 2020

Earth Overshoot Day: Five ways we can move the date

Senegalese woman learning about modern contraceptives
10 August 2020

Investing in contraception would save billions of dollars

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

School children
16 June 2020

Can relationships & sex education help save the planet?

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