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220 million women short of money, education, security — and family planning

Pam Barnes wrote an excellent short piece in Forbes and centred it on her meeting with Amala, a young woman in Jharkhand whose future changed. Amala resisted pressure from her in-laws, finished school, got a job and is now confident that she will be better able to provide for her children when she is ready to have them.

There are, according to Barnes, 220 million women worldwide who  want to avoid or postpone pregnancy but lack access to contraception.  “We know that when a woman is able to have the number of children she wants, not the number her circumstances dictate, transformative events happen: She goes further in school, she is more likely to invest money back into her family, and her family is more likely to prosper,” she writes.


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