Access to birth control is in keeping with the rights of women and helps keep population growth in check, making development policies more feasible and improving food security, says family planning expert Carmen Barroso in this Tierramérica interview.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jul 14 (Tierramérica).- This year marks four decades since the international recognition of people's right to decide how many children they want to have and when, and for that reason there is a great deal to celebrate, says Brazilian expert Carmen Barroso, of the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Despite the wave of conservativism that threatens the achievement of sexual and reproductive rights, today there are more advances than setbacks in Latin America when it comes to these issues, said Barroso, IPPF director for the Western hemisphere region.

Tierramérica spoke by telephone with Barroso, who holds a doctorate in social psychology, is a researcher in women's issues and founder of numerous non-governmental organizations around the world.

Read the interview.

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