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Support Women's Access to Female Healthcare and Contraceptives

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It is incredibly important to ensure gender equality for everyone in all countries, as it can help ensure a more positive, inclusive, successful and progressive society.

Many women across the globe rely on female health care services such as the gynecologist, planned parenthood, birth control and contraceptives, and if they cannot access it, it begins to be a human rights issue.

An inequity exists when people are unfairly deprived of something they want or require to protect them from an unwanted or undesirable condition. Regardless of their social class, gender, race or class, everyone should have the right to be in control of their own body!

Differences in mortality and morbidity that relate to socioeconomic class constitute an inequity. The poor do not have the same access to life-saving and health-maintaining interventions as the rich, yet they aspire to the same healthy lives as those who are economically better off. Sexual and reproductive rights are critical in their own right. Shortfalls in these multiply other forms of discrimination, depriving women of education and decent work, for example. Yet only 52 per cent of women married or in a union freely make their own decisions about sexual relations, contraceptive use and health care. 25 million unsafe abortions take place each year due to restrictions on access and stigma.

By providing girls and women in developing regions with necessary sexual and reproductive healthcare would prevent 67 million unintended pregnancies. Net savings of integrating contraceptive services with maternal and newborn health services in the developing world.

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