Poverty Reduction & the Sustainable Development Goals

© 2012 Amit Mukherjee, Courtesy of PhotoshareWomen are critical to reducing poverty, boosting economic growth and agricultural productivity, promoting environmental sustainability, and raising healthy and well-educated children – all steps that are imperative to confronting a range of pressing development challenges around the globe. When women and girls are empowered and have access to contraception, they are healthier, better educated and better able to participate in income-generating activities that help them provide for their families.

Universal access to voluntary family planning is necessary not only to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well being for all at all ages), but is a cross-cutting and cost-effective solution to achieving all of the SDGs. Meeting the need for reproductive health and family planning contributes to each SDG.

This section of the Family Planning Advocacy Toolkit provides several resources demonstrating the connections between family planning and poverty reduction.

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