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.


International Day of Action for Women's Health


International Women’s Day


Women’s rights


Rights and responsibilities


Contraception and lack of reproductive health

18 September 2018

Tanzanian president: “birth control is for the lazy”

9 May 2018

Ending child marriage “morally right, economically smart”

Population Matters climate change conferece 2018
5 March 2018

Empowering women and melted ice: PM conference 2018

22 February 2018

Global Gag Rule – one year on

9 January 2018

Imams support family planning in Senegal

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