UNFPA seeks men’s involvement in family planning

UNFPA seeks men’s involvement in family planning

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The Executive Director, the United Nations Population Fund, Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin, has urged men to be involved in family planning programmes to increase the use of modern contraceptive methods.

The UNFPA boss spoke at the Family Planning 2020 Mid-Point High Level meeting organised by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Nairobi, Kenya.

According to Osotimehin, men are the gatekeepers, especially in many African family settings and so they may make decisions that do not favour women when it comes to child spacing.


He added, “For most of the world, we wrestle against patriarchy, where men believe that they have the right to tell women what they should do with their bodies, which is wrong. They will tell you that family planning is not for our women and I ask who are you to say that.

“I believe that we must allow gender equality to provide an environment where women can decide what to do with themselves. However, we must get men on board because they constitute themselves as gatekeepers.

“They are the community and religious leaders. We must engage men and let them know that women have an inalienable right to take decisions about their reproductive health. We must also change the message out there because family planning is not a woman but a human issue.”

The Co-Chair of the Gates Foundation, Melinda Gates,  at a stakeholders meeting with family planning champions in Kangemi, said it was high time religious institutions saw family planning as a means of increasing a woman’s productivity through child spacing.

According to her, families that want women to contribute to their economy must encourage them to plan with them.

She said, “Family planning is one of the keys that unlock the potential of women and girls. If a girl or woman is able to space the births of her children voluntarily, it frees her family from the cycle of poverty.”



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