State of World Population 2017

Worlds Apart - Reproductive Health and Rights in an Age of Inequality

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No country today—even those considered the wealthiest and most developed—can claim to be fully inclusive, where all people have equal opportunities and protections, and fully enjoy their human rights. In many developing countries, women who are poor, in the bottom 20 per cent of the income scale, and particularly those who are in rural areas, are far less likely to have access to contraceptives, and care during pregnancy and birth than their wealthier urban counterparts.

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The costs of inequality

Agenda 2030 defines sustainable development not only as an “absolute reduction in human deprivation” (for example, in eradicating poverty or maternal mortality), but also as including “greater equality” among all people, both within and between countries.

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