Save the Children works to improve the health and survival of mothers and children in some of the poorest communities around the world. We support the provision of family planning services to help women plan and space pregnancies in a way that does not put their health and their child's well-being at risk.
Complications arising from pregnancy, childbirth and unsafe abortions are leading killers of women and girls in developing countries, killing 830 women a day1. When women can decide whether and when to have children, it increases their chances of having a healthy pregnancy, a safe childbirth and a healthy child.
Supporting women to make choices about if and when to have children helps them plan for their future – enabling them to further their education, participate in the workforce, earn a better income, and save money2. Family planning is therefore a critical and catalytic tool for safeguarding the health and wellbeing of women and girls, and essential to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Australia has a critical role to play but our government needs some encouragement
Our Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has consistently emphasised the importance of helping women and girls to make the world a safer, fairer, more prosperous place for all.
Yet the amount of funding Australia provides to help women and girls access family planning services in the world’s poorest places has been slashed – it’s now only half of what it was in 2013/143.
On 11 July leaders and officials from around the world are gathering in London with major donors like Bill and Melinda Gates to discuss how we can better help women and girls to plan their families and their futures.
We’re calling on the Australian Government to reinstate this life-saving family planning funding, by pledging an additional $10 million each year for the next three years at the London Family Planning Summit.
You can also join in the conversation around the London Family Planning summit using the hashtag #HerFuture on social media.
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