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Friday, March 8, 2013

International Women's Day

Today is International Women’s Day, which is a day that is celebrated in many countries throughout the world. This day dates back to the early 1900’s when women became vocal about working conditions, inequality and began to demand change. Since then, no matter the nationality, race, culture, or economic status it’s a day to recognize women for all achievements both past and present. It’s also important not to forget how far women have come from past struggles to continue to support women’s rights both domestically and internationally.

Planned Parenthood wants and understands the need to empower women and girls around the world. Therefore, it is imperative that we support international family planning and reproductive health matters across the globe.

Did you know that in developing countries there are more than 200 million women who want to delay or avoid pregnancy but don’t have access to efficient family planning? Last year alone, more than 290,000 women in these developing countries died from pregnancy-related causes. More than 45,000 women die every year because of unsafe abortions.

As the leading donor for international family planning programs, can help by giving money directly from one government to another country. The U.S. Government can also help by donating to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton worked hard to establish women’s rights and put the U.S. at the forefront of the fight. On World Population Day, she spoke at the U.K. summit in regards to family planning and reproductive health.

“Reproductive rights are among the most basic of human rights. But too often, in too many places, these rights are denied. Millions of women and young people in developing countries don't have access to information to plan their family. They don't have health services and modern methods of contraception. This is not only a violation of their right to decide the number, timing, and spacing of their children, it's also a question of equity as women everywhere should have the same ability to determine this fundamental part of their lives.” 
 – Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, video message to the London Summit on Family Planning, on July 11, 2012

In order to keep this legacy going, current Secretary of State John Kerry must continue to put women and girls at the center of U.S. foreign policy.

You can help and show your support in women’s health worldwide by reaching out to your member of congress, tweeting to Secretary Kerry about why you support U.S. leadership on women and girls and spreading the word to friends and family members about why you care about women’s rights globally. To learn more please visit

This post was created by Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL). PPIL provides comprehensive reproductive healthcare services and education to more than 60,000 Illinoisans each year. Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA) is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of PPIL.

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