April 202. According to UNFPA’s 2021 State of World Population report, published on April 14, nearly half of women in 57 low income countries are denied the right to decide whether to have sex with their partners, use contraception or seek health care.
This is the first time a United Nations report focuses on bodily autonomy: the power and agency to make choices about your body, without fear of violence or having someone else decide for you. This lack of bodily autonomy deeply harms individual women and girls, and also has massive implications at the socio-economic level.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, and aims at improving reproductive and maternal health worldwide. The report is available in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish from https://www.unfpa.org/SoWP-2021.