While the world continues to make progress in fighting poverty and inequality, women and girls are being left behind. The Millennium Development Goal of cutting the rate of extreme poverty in half was met five years before the 2015 deadline. Yet, women still make up 70% of the world’s poor. Girls and women face discrimination in education and employment and often do not have the right to exercise control over their own bodies. Millennium Development Goal 5, focused on reducing maternal mortality and achieving universal access to reproductive health, is the least funded and the furthest from reaching its goal. Without the power to make decisions about their futures through access to family planning information and services, girls and women will be unable to show the world what they can really do.

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