Family planning summit in Addis

Political leaders of more than 100 countries, dozens of African ministers, philanthropists, medical experts, delegates from large pharmaceutical companies such as Bayer, and women’s rights activists are attending the third international family planning conference in Addis Ababa, which began Tuesday. The conference will focus on decreasing the number of teenage pregnancies and ensuring young women have access to contraception. It will run under the banner of “full access, full choice.”

According to the Motherhood in Childhood report, published last month by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the number of girls in sub-Saharan Africa giving birth before the age of 15 could increase by more than 1 million by 2030 if current trends continue. It also highlights that childbirth is a leading cause of death for girls aged 15-18.

As stated by The Guardian: “Family planning is a political minefield, particularly around the question of abortion. Ensuring teenagers and unmarried women have access to contraception is also controversial in some places where sex before marriage remains taboo”.

“There is fear in some quarters that the global family planning agenda is being driven at least in part by those keen to stem population growth, especially in sub-Saharan Africa”.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

Photo: Chantal Compaore, First Lady of Burkina Faso, speaking at the 2012 London summit on family planning. Via DFID – UK Department for International Development.


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