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Access to education, the right to make choices about your own body – these are things many of us take for granted. But the reality for many women and young girls in developing countries is very different.
Denied rights to some very basic choices – such as how many children to have and when, whether to stay in school, and how to participate in their country’s economy.
For some, this is about culture, custom, economics or just denial of basic human rights. For others it is as simple, yet life changing, as not having access to modern contraceptive methods.
Mexico City Policy will have a devastating impact for International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) with its extension far beyond family planning. Restrictions into support for HIV, maternal health and infectious diseases programmes will mean that millions will be denied lifesaving healthcare they need. The policy will hit hardest, the women living at the margins of society – the poorest, the most remote and those under 25.
For young women around the world, the consequences of limited access to sexual and reproductive health presents many serious issues.
This is the story of Cherifa, who was married at 13 and is a survivor of gender based violence. The average woman in Niger gives birth 7 times and lives below the poverty line.
See how access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, including access to family planning, changed Cherifa's daughter's life.