End maternal death

Since 1990, maternal death has declined by 44 per cent. Still, some 830 women and adolescent girls die each day from preventable maternal causes. Ninety-nine per cent of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries – more than half in fragile and humanitarian settings.

"I felt so afraid and uncertain this morning, but now I feel more at peace," said Sabekun, in a refugee camp for Rohingyas in Bangladesh. She received a prenatal check-up for her first child, and learned about family planning for the first time, after walking for seven days to flee violence back home.

Maternal deaths per 100,000 live births

  • Actual
  • UNFPA vision
  • SDG Target
Assuming all the maternal deaths are preventable

End unmet need for family planning

Family planning is central to women’s empowerment and sustainable development. Women, adolescent and youth have the right to make their own informed choices about contraception. Today, more than 300 million women in developing countries are using contraception, but more than 214 million women who want to plan their families do not have access to modern family planning.

"I had very little knowledge about contraception," said Aminata Kabba from Sierra Leone, who became pregnant at age 15. "My advice to my family members and friends is that family planning is the only thing that will keep us in school when we are sexually active."

Unmet need for family planning

  • Actual
  • UNFPA vision
  • Projection
Women with unmet need are those, aged 15-49, who are married or in a union and want to stop or delay childbearing but are not using any method of contraception

End gender-based violence and all harmful practices

Violence against women and girls remains a global pandemic. One in three women will experience physical or sexual violence in her lifetime. Harmful practices, such as child marriage and femaile genital mutilation (FGM), remain pervasive. Still, there has been progress. Around 2000, nearly one in three women between 20 and 24 years of age reported that they were married before age 18. Around 2015, the ratio was just over one in four.

"When a girl gets an education and a diploma, she has a chance to get a good job instead of a husband who controls her," said 16-year-old Saba, a Syrian refugee in Zaatari camp in Jordan. Through a programme at the camp, Saba and her mother Izdihar advocate against child marriage.

Ending Child Marriage

Per cent of girls married/in union before age 15
Per cent of girls married/in union after age 15 but before age 18
  • Actual
  • UNFPA vision
  • SDG Target
  • Actual
  • UNFPA vision
  • SDG Target

Global prevalence of female genital mutilation

  • Actual
  • UNFPA vision
  • SDG Target

Prevalence of recent intimate partner violence

  • UNFPA vision
  • SDG Target
Per cent of women and girls aged 15 years and older subjected to physical, sexual or psychological violence by a current or former intimate partner in the previous 12 months