Dear United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Sustainable Development Working group,
Today, there are still 31 million girls who are denied an education, almost 300 000 girls and women who die from complications due to pregnancy or childbirth per year and 222 million women in developing countries who want to avoid pregnancy but lack access to family planning services, information, and contraception.
Girls and women are at the heart of development. Women are 40% of the global labor force, 43% of the world’s agricultural labor force, and more than half the world’s university students. On average, women reinvest up to 90% of their incomes back into their own households, compared to 30-40% by men and currently, women’s unpaid labor is estimated to contribute up to 50 percent of GDP in some countries. Specifically, we are asking you to publicly endorse and include in the Post-2015 Development Agenda:
Sign the petition at the top right of this page to help ensure increasing access to contraception for women and girls is a priority for the post-2015 agenda.