Good day! Wednesday of this week marked a pivotal moment in – not just women’s history – but human history. Shortly after the hot mess of a debate bench-marked by the U.S. election regarding women’s right to birth control access (pioneered by the GOP), the United Nations declares family planning a human right.
This is huge.
According to the U.N. Population Fund’s annual report:
“Recent statistics show that 867 million women of childbearing age in developing countries have a need for modern contraceptives. Of that total, 645 million have access to them. But a staggering 222 million still do not. This is inexcusable. Family planning is a human right. It must therefore be available to all who want it. But clearly this right has not yet been extended to all, especially in the poorest countries.”
The announcement reaffirms much of the already established contraception initiatives established in developed countries. Let us hope this declaration speaks volumes for women in the developing world.
For more information about universal rights for women, visit Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.