Voluntary family planning services and education can enable girls and young women to stay in school longer and postpone childbearing. In turn, those who receive an education tend to marry later, have fewer and healthier children, participate in greater numbers in the labor force when they grow up, and seek healthcare for themselves and their children. Likewise, educated women are less likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth and more likely to send their own children to school. They are also more likely to be able to resist abuses such as domestic violence, traditions like female genital cutting, and discrimination at home, in society or the workplace.
This section of the Family Planning Advocacy Toolkit provides a collection of resources on the relationship between family planning and education, including the interesting Population Reference Bureau policy brief, Is Education the Best Contraceptive?.
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