On July 11th world leaders gathered for the London Family Planning Summit, pledging over $4 billion to put contraception within reach of millions of women in the world’s poorest countries.
ActionAid was there, reporting back and campaigning to make sure delegates put women’s rights and empowerment at the heart of their commitments.
Melanie Ward, Head of Public Affairs, at ActionAid said about the Summit:
“Today’s Summit has taken a great leap towards helping millions of women and girls in the world’s poorest countries enjoy the basic rights that we in the UK take for granted – the right to decide whether and when to have children.
"As well as the impressive financial commitments from governments and donors to increase contraceptive supplies and services, it’s been exciting to hear new commitments to ensure that women can access and use them.
"We particularly welcome pledges from the Prime Minister to scale up work on women’s rights in every country in which the UK works and to put women’s empowerment at the heart of the process for renewing the Millennium Development Goals.
"The UK Government and the Gates Foundation deserve real credit for driving this agenda forwards at a time when some are focussing their attention on attacking women’s rights and trying to take us backwards.”
>> Read ActionAid's latest report on the harsh realities of family planning for women and girls across Africa.