In early 2010, with an infant in her arms, another on the way, and a heavy load of daily household chores, Meeta quickly grew weak and ill with exhaustion. But Ramkishore, her husband, did not help her with the chores.
“Now that I can control my pregnancies, I can be sure that my children go to school. I never had the time to finish my studies, but they will. I will see a better life through my children.” – Anifa, Democratic Republic of Congo
There’s a global call to advance family planning.
And we support it. Increased investment, targeted programming and supportive policies are all critical to meeting the reproductive health needs of millions of women and men. CARE believes that access to sexual, reproductive and maternal health services is both a fundamental human right and a critical development issue. Supporting sexual, reproductive and maternal health and rights is therefore central to CARE’s commitment to gender equality and reducing global poverty.
A woman’s social, economic and physical status is inextricably linked to her ability to exercise her reproductive rights. As a rights-based organization, our programming and advocacy affirms and supports girls’ and women’s right to safe childbirth, reproductive self-determination and bodily integrity. We work to reduce maternal mortality, increase healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies, and the elimination of discrimination and violence.
Across the world, CARE is improving the health and well-being of women, children and families by changing inequitable gender and social norms and empowering women; increasing the coverage, quality, effectiveness, responsiveness and equity of health services; and expanding and amplifying women’s voices, participation and influence in society.
STEAL THESE STATS
Share the facts about family planning.
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What does it mean to be a woman in your home?
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CARE Uncovers a Strong Force of Support in Chad
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Another kind of Social Networking
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What does a savings and loan group have to do with family planning?
In the News
CARE sponsored this year's Women Deliver conference, advancing the goal of ensuring that the health and rights of girls and women remain at the forefront of global humanitarian and development agendas.
We Get Results
Current use of family planning among women was significantly associated with exposure to the FPRI and increased from 32% to 51% in Kenya, and from 32% to 61% in Ethiopia.
Every woman should be able to decide when, with whom and how often to have children. Yet, hundreds of thousands of women don't have this choice.