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World Contraception Day: Access to sexual and reproductive health is key to gender equality

A recent study, the Barometer of Women’s Access to Modern Contraceptive Choice in 16 EU Countries, has shown a stagnation or decline in policies that support women's right to contraceptive choice across most of these countries during the past three years.

On World Contraception Day 2016, GUE/NGL MEPs on the European Parliament's Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality have made the following statement:

“Women's and girls' rights must be placed at the centre of public health policies. Women's free and universal access to sexual and reproductive health and education, including the right to free and legal abortion is a key factor to gender equality and must be guaranteed all over the world!”

Malin Björk, Sweden

João Pimenta Lopes, Portugal

Ángela Vallina, Spain

Kostadinka Kuneva, Greece

Stefan Eck, Germany

Eleonora Forenza, Italy

Since 2007, World Contraception Day has aimed to improve awareness of contraception and to enable young people to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health. The annual campaign centres around a vision where every pregnancy is wanted.

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