The Universal Access Project, a project of the United Nations Foundation, convenes a unique and innovative community of donors and NGOs to strengthen U.S. support for access to family planning and reproductive health care globally. This access allows girls to stay in school, pursue jobs, and have children if and when they are ready. It helps improve maternal and child health, decrease unintended pregnancies, lower HIV infection rates, and reduce poverty. It builds a healthier, more secure, and more prosperous world.
What’s at Stake:
The U.S. is the largest funder of international reproductive health and family planning. But unprecedented efforts are under way to roll back hard-fought gains in women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Recent policy and funding changes – including the reinstatement and dramatic expansion of the Global Gag Rule and the U.S. decision to eliminate funding for the UN Population Fund – will have a devastating impact on the world’s most vulnerable girls and women, and a ripple effect on their families, communities and economies.
Now is the time to build on progress, not reverse it. We have the opportunity to empower millions of girls, women, families and communities – but only if the U.S. protects and restores critical investments in international reproductive health and family planning. With its direct connection to the United Nations, the Universal Access Project is in a unique position to mobilize policy and funding across the reproductive health and family planning community. We will rally the global women’s health advocacy community together to send one cohesive message: every girl and every woman deserves the opportunity to determine her own future.
Did you know that more than 225 million girls and women in developing countries want to avoid pregnancy, but are not using safe and effective family planning methods? Investing in international reproductive health and family planning isn’t just the right choice, it’s the smart choice.
UAP’s NGO partners advance universal international reproductive health and family planning by educating policymakers, organizing grassroots support, connecting population, health, and the environment, and promoting faith-based leadership.