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.
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.
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.