What does violence have to do with family planning?

July 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

Each year the United States spends a portion of its foreign aid budget on family planning for people in developing nations.  Much of this money goes to providing condoms to the women and men of these nations, while a smaller portion of it goes to education and services. The UN estimates 200 million women currently don’t have access to contraception, a number that is grossly underestimated because it doesn’t include adolescent girls, unmarried women, or women in relationships with women. A new report details why this approach isn’t a best practice, particularly for women who are experiencing violence in their homes and communities. The report shows the intersections between gender inequality and violence against women and the catastrophic problem will continue to face unless we start talking about these intersections.

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