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.

4 June 2020

Easing our impact on biodiversity and nature

29 May 2020

How much would it cost to end the worst gender inequalities?


To Kid Or Not To Kid virtual Q&A

To Kid Or Not To Kid Earth at night
14 May 2020

Empowerment or 'kicking down'? The truth about population concern


Population Matters Magazine Spring 2020

Woman fetching water
15 April 2020

Coronavirus and contraception in rural Kenya: SRH should be a priority every day

Nepalese village
3 April 2020

Millions of women have no say over what happens to their bodies


World Population Day 2020 Live Q&A

Liberian school girl
5 March 2020

UN report: World still largely hostile to girls

African women carrying baskets
27 February 2020

Family planning services still falling behind population growth

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