Here's How Reproductive Health and Rights for Women Can Help End Poverty

3/26/15
Aspen Idea Blog

When a woman can control her fertility and determine the timing and spacing of her children she is more likely to be healthy, feed her family, attain her desired level of education, and be economically stable, according to Zambia’s first Minister of Gender and Child Development, Nkandu Luo. In mineral-rich Zambia, it is not a lack of resources that causes poverty, she said, but the prevalence of large unplanned families, which stretch resources.

On a global scale, 225 million women say they would like to control their fertility, but have an unmet need for contraception. If this need were addressed, economic growth and increased sustainability within families, communities, and countries would be within reach.

When asked about the greatest problem facing women in Zambia, Luo was quick to respond: poverty.

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