Barbara Crossette aptly notes that "UN member nations have a poor record on keeping promises to women." Investments in family planning and sexual and reproductive health services are a powerful catalyst for breaking cycles of poverty. Yet, while some "rich-world feminists" are still focused on the dangers of coercion from population programs, most have correctly identified the detrimental threat to women's rights posed by the lack of access to contraceptives. I agree that the decrease in funding for family planning has had a devastating impact on women's lives around the world and on our ability to make headway in reaching the Millennium Development Goals. However, advocating for access to family planning and reproductive health services is very much a key component of the feminist agenda.
New York, NY
Sep 22 2008 - 2:18pm