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.

Teens sitting on wall
5 March 2019

Gender equality boosts teen contraceptive use


The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25: Accelerating the promise

Kenyan woman with child

She Decides Day 2019

1 February 2019

Family planning gets European funding boost

Ethiopian woman with child
25 January 2019

Stigma and fears - barriers to family planning in Africa

12 December 2018

Progress in family planning – but a long road ahead

14 November 2018

Running to stand still? Meeting family planning targets.

26 October 2018

UN population report: progress, but much to do


International Day of the Girl Child


International Safe Abortion Day

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