Power of Family Planning
UN Foundation stands up for Family Planning and Reproductive Health
Every woman deserves the fundamental right to quality reproductive health care, as it is critical not only to her own health, but to building stronger families, more stable communities, and a better world for us all.
Through our Universal Access Project and our support for the UN's Every Woman, Every Child Initiative, the UN Foundation is working to achieve universal access to reproductive health care – Millennium Development Goal 5 – which leads to healthier women, stronger families, and more stable, prosperous communities.
According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 222 million women want the ability to time and space their pregnancies, but lack access to quality reproductive health and voluntary family planning services. Fulfilling the unmet need for voluntary family planning alone would cut maternal deaths by a third, and reduce infant mortality by 10 to 20 percent.
The UN Foundation believes that empowering women and girls with educational and economic opportunities and securing their health and human rights is one of the best investments we can make. We work with the UN, individuals, and our NGO, corporate, and government partners to promote gender equality; advance sexual and reproductive health and rights, including family planning; advocate for increased resources and funding for programs and activities benefitting adolescent girls; and eliminate gender-based violence.
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