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.

WPD New York
17 July 2019

Going global on World Population Day

4 July 2019

Human population density main driver of nature loss in Africa

27 June 2019

Condoms cut carbon - Population Matters at the Mass Climate Lobby

13 June 2019

UN report: Small change in family size, big change in future population

Ugandan women at clinic
7 June 2019

Trump’s Global Gag Rule is killing people

Robin Maynard
29 May 2019

Are we getting through?

Winnie and Edu
30 April 2019

Letting the elephant out of the room: Our 2019 Conference


Kadogo’s Story - Life in a remote Kenyan village

Girl clutching mother
18 April 2019

State of the World Population: Women and girls left behind

Crowded city
5 April 2019

Population growth slows progress towards Sustainable Development Goals, says UN

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