This post originally appeared on Girls Not Brides in February 2016.
Ante- and postnatal care for mothers and babies in Orissa, India. Photo credit: Pippa Ranger | Department for International Development (DFID)
- Research shows child brides have limited access to modern family planning methods
- Despite progress in some countries, more needs to be done to improve child brides' reproductive autonomy
- Global family planning targets cannot be reached without addressing the needs of 15 million girls married every year
The 4th International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP 2016) held in Bali, Indonesia, offered a global forum to build our understanding of how to improve family planning policy and practice.
The contraceptive needs of young people were a focal point of this conference. Participants discussed how to reach more diverse young populations and provide them with high quality and youth-friendly information and services. Child marriage in particular was identified as a major barrier to women and girls’ reproductive autonomy.
While much of the work on child marriage focuses on prevention, the conference emphasised something that does not get enough attention: the need to support family planning for the 15 million girls who marry each year. Here is what we learned.