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 February 2020

Which European countries spend the most on global family planning?

Chris Packham
17 January 2020

Chris Packham: we need to talk about population


Reproductive health, family planning & ethics - case studies from Honduras, Thailand & Tanzania

Thai mother and baby Robin Maynard and Lagos media, World Population Day 2019
23 December 2019

2019 Year in Review

Kenyan woman with baby
28 November 2019

Unmet needs: conversations with the women left behind


Population Matters Magazine Autumn 2019

Nairobi traffic
11 November 2019

Time to talk population again

Florence with kids
4 November 2019

Cracking knuckles and counting kids

Woman with banner
1 October 2019

Four out of five women live in countries rated ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’ for gender equality

Girl in field
3 September 2019

The most powerful action to save the planet is the most neglected one

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