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This is the World We Want
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development, where nations across the globe declared that reproductive rights are human rights. Now, as governments gather this week at the United Nations for the annual Commission on Population and Development (CPD), we’re at another critical moment in the push to achieve full access to sexual and reproductive health and rights for all.
Over the past two decades, much progress has been made. Yet around the world at least 200 million women in developing countries who want to plan and space their families still lack access to modern contraceptives, and 47,000 women die each year because they can't access a safe and legal abortion. We have our work cut out for us.
To tackle these significant challenges, in 2015 government members of the UN will set new global development goals. And they’ve issued a call for people around the world to contribute to this process by defining the “World We Want” in an online survey and on social media.
Beginning last month for International Women’s Day and continuing through the CPD and beyond, supporters of women’s health and rights are responding to that call with a manifesto defining the world we want. Planned Parenthood Global, the international division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), works to make the world we want a reality every day. By partnering with local advocates, medical service providers, and youth leaders and helping to build sustainable networks and organizations, we find innovative ways to deliver critical services and fight for more inclusive laws and policies.
Building on our experiences and relationships with key partners around the world, we’ve developed a clear vision for the world we want:
In the world we want, access to health care doesn’t depend on your postal code. Or your gender. Or your sexual identity. Or the language you speak. Or the colour of your skin.
In the world we want, politicians don’t come between a woman and her health care provider.
In the world we want, girls are just as likely as boys to stay in school, go after the jobs they want, and become leaders in their communities.
In the world we want, there are no new HIV infections and those living with HIV are able to make decisions about their health and lives, just like anybody else.
In the world we want, young people are empowered and trusted with information about sex — so they can prevent unintended pregnancy and protect themselves from STDs.
In the world we want, all people have equal protection and equal benefit under the law.
The world we want is free of stigma, discrimination, and violence. And reproductive rights are recognized as human rights.
The world we want acknowledges that the only way forward is to protect and expand these rights.
In the world we want, all people control their own bodies and their own destinies.
This is the world we want. And this is the world we’ll fight for!