Happy Independence Day, Brazil!

Today is Brazil’s Independence Day! In recognition, we would like to feature some news in sexual and reproductive health in Brazil, as well as some of our resources and articles about BEMFAM, IPPF/WHR’s Brazilian Member Association.

First, some facts:

  • Brazil’s independence from the Kingdom of Portugal was declared on September 7th, 1822.
  • Brazil’s population is 196,655,000 (mid-2011), making it the fifth largest country in the world.
  • Fertility rate: 1.9 (Total births per woman, 2011)
  • 25% of Brazil’s population is under the age of 15 (2011)
  • Among single, sexually active women, 61% of 15-19 year olds and 76% of 20-24 year olds use modern contraception (2011)

[Source: Population Reference Bureau, prb.org]

Articles and resources:

Brazil's Shifting Views of Church, Abortion and Lifestyle: An article from PBS about the triumphs, challenges and contradictions of the women’s movement in the world’s largest Roman Catholic country.

World Population Day: The Importance of Protecting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Carmen Barroso, IPPF/WHR’s Regional Director, reflects on sexual and reproductive health and rights in Brazil on World Population Day, earlier this year.

Youth Volunteers: Renata and Roselly share what it’s like to be a youth volunteer with BEMFAM.


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