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Celebrating 100 years of achievements for women and health

A nurse teaching about family planning
WHO/Paul Almasy

Achievement 1: reproductive choices

The introduction of modern contraception in the 1950s and 60s revolutionized women's sexual and reproductive health and their lives by providing them with relatively simple, easy-to-use and accessible options to control the number and spacing of their children. While global contraceptive prevalence rates have increased over the years (52% in 1990 to 62% in 2007), there continue to be several challenges facing women and girls due to lack of information, reduced access or cultural norms.

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