Status Improves For Women, But Problems Remain

Report Tracks Population Goals Set By 1994 U.N. Meeting

A new report documents the countries with the highest maternal reproductive risk, shown here in red.

hide captionCountries in Africa continue to have the highest maternal reproductive risk, according to a new population report. Orange indicates countries with moderate risk, and green, lowest risk.

Countdown 2015
Countries with the highest reproductive risk are indicated in red.

hide captionCountries with the highest reproductive risk are indicated in red.

Countdown 2015

A new report concludes that nations around the world have had mixed success in reaching goals set out 10 years ago at a United Nations population conference.

The 1994 conference in Cairo marked an important turning point. The core of the strategy was not simply to control population, but to achieve control by giving women the power they needed to limit family size. Ten years later, a report by advocacy organizations finds that more women than ever have access to contraception. Also, more girls are staying in school and more women are serving in legislatures.

But 123-million women worldwide still can't get the contraceptives they want. And there has been no progress in reducing the rate of maternal mortality. Advocates are meeting this week to craft new strategies to achieve the goals set out 10 years ago. NPR's Richard Harris reports.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

Support comes from: