A Summary of Family Planning Commitments for Women and GirlsAt the London Family Planning Summit last July, global leaders pledged to halve the number of women and girls in developing countries who want, but cannot access, modern contraception. A summary of the commitments made at the summit is now available online.
The 23-page document outlines the various pledges put forth by civil society organizations, developing countries, donor countries, foundations, private sector companies, and multilateral partners, in support of the summit goals to expand women’s access to family planning. The document also includes links to video clips from the landmark event.
Co-hosted by the UK Department for International Development and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Family Planning Summit elicited an unprecedented $4.6 billion in pledges needed to reach 120 million more women around the world with family planning services by the year 2020. The pledges exceeded the initial $4 billion goal and represent the first step in an ambitious, but critically important, effort. Today, 222 million women worldwide want to use modern contraception but do not have access to it.
If you haven’t already, check out a July 18 round up of our favorite family planning articles and studies that were published in the lead up to the summit, including a July 10 op-ed by EngenderHealth President Pamela Barnes on the importance of keeping the focus on women’s reproductive rights.
A woman receives family planning counseling at a health center in Tanzania.