The world has seen maternal death decline by 44 per cent since 1990. And now, more than 300 million women in developing countries are using contraception. However every day 830 women and adolescent girls still die from preventable maternal causes, and more than 214 million women who want to plan their families do not have access to modern family planning and contraception.
The Australian Parliamentary Group on Population and Development, as a cross-party group, has for 25 years worked collaboratively to champion gender equality, and sexual and reproductive health and rights in international development.
The APGPD’s remit is guided by the Sustainable Development Goals and the landmark 1994 International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action, which recognise gender equality and women’s empowerment as global priorities, integral to eradicating deprivation and injustice.