Family Planning: Girl Power Saves Lives
Hundreds of thousands of babies and mums die needlessly every year because millions of women don't have the power to plan their families. Providing more condoms, injections and pills is crucial. So too is making sure that women are empowered to decide when to have children. Join our campaign to make sure world leaders act on both fronts at the London Family Planning Summit.
The Family Planning Summit in London on 11 July is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make real progress. As well as funding increased access to contraception, we want world leaders to agree to the following commitments:
- Access to contraception: all women, everywhere, must be able to access safe and reliable contraception.
- Empowerment: women everywhere must have the power to plan their families; they must have rights and protection enshrined in law. This must include equal access to education, including sex education, to ensure contraception is used effectively.
With your help we can persuade world leaders to agree to commitments that would mean by 2020:
- nearly 3 million fewer babies dying
- more than 100 million fewer unintended pregnancies
- 200,000 fewer women and girls dying in pregnancy and childbirth.
How you can help
- Spread awareness of the issue - play our decisions game and share it with everyone you know
- Write a letter to your MP (Download our template - you can find your MP and their address here)
How family planning saves children's lives
When adolescent girls have the power to delay pregnancy until their bodies are ready, fewer children die.
When women can choose to leave a healthy space between their pregnancies, their babies are better nourished, and fewer children die.
And when more children survive, women have fewer children and families become smaller.
Children get to grow up in a world where there’s more to go around.
Contraception and the expert advice and care provided by health workers are crucial to creating this virtuous circle.
But above all, what’s needed is a profound shift that sees women educated and empowered to make the right decisions for themselves and their children.