Africa-Press – Botswana. The United Nations Population Fund just published its annual State of World Population Report. This year’s document focuses on unintended pregnancies, prengancies occuring to women who did not intend to have anymore children or not at this moment in their life. The reaseach reveals that they concern 121 million women worldwide each year with 60 percent of them leading to safe or unsafe abortions and 5 percent to 13 percent to maternal deaths. A global phenomenon that affects the african continent.
explains Dr. Jean-Pierre Makelele, Deputy Resident Representative UNFPA Senegal,
Therefore, the UNPF decided to highlight the problem of unplanned pregnancies, particularly in West and Central Africa, in this year’s report. The UN agency is calling on public authorities and all sectors of the African population to take global action.
“, says Huguette Gnakadja executive secretary of the Beninese Institute of women.
The report stresses the link between the developement of women’s rights and unplanned pregnacies and for activist Kadiatou Konaté, the main solution for it is a real political engagement.” insists the young activist, Executive director of the Young women leader’s club in Guinea.
In order to avoid this situation, the UN emphasizes on the importance of contraception and claims to have distributed tens of millions of forms of contraceptives in 2020.