When it comes to contraception, the United States could be viewed as the land of lunacy. The facts and figures from that country demonstrate the power of contraception to change a society.
In many regions of the world, women produce the majority of the food consumed by their families and communities, and make up the majority of the world’s small-scale farmers, yet own the rights to almost none of the land. At AWID 2012, experts examined what is changing and how.
Although the civil war in Sierra Leone ended in 2002, women in the country are still facing another deadly front—sexual and gender-based violence. Sexual and gender based violence has continued unflinchingly into the post-war years. Glasgow, head of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) said, “We saw rape and sexual violence used as a tool during the war, and now it is morphing into this culture’s society as something that is understood and even accepted.”
In Sierra Leone, deeply ingrained discrimination against women and the lack of effective health care for women contribute to one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.
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