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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.
The Central American nation of El Salvador is the most densely populated country in the Americas. With the collapse of international coffee prices, the economic situation has worsened in some rural areas, with particular pressures on young people. ADS, our Member Association in El Salvador, is the largest sexual and reproductive health non-governmental organization in El Salvador, providing over 430,000 services in 2008. This video highlights their work with a particular focus on serving youth, rural populations and those under-served by the public sector.