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Seeing the Unseen – Unintended Pregnancy

Seeing the Unseen – Unintended Pregnancy

State of World Population Report, 2022

Seeing the Unseen: The case for action in the neglected crisis of unintended pregnancy

The neglected crisis of unintended pregnancy is the subject of UNFPA’s flagship 2022 State of World Population report, released today (30 Mar 2022). The report examines how such pregnancies represent a global failure to uphold basic human rights.

On average, 121 million unintended pregnancies occur every year – 331,000 per day – and the number is expected to rise with population growth if we don’t take decisive action.

Read the full SWP 2022 report (PDF) here

Every human being has the right to choose whether, when and with whom to become pregnant.


SWP Sierra Leone motherhood at 14 years

At 14, Dankay Kanu (right, with a mentor from the 2YoungLives NGO, which helps pregnant girls in Sierra Leone continue their education and find employment) got pregnant by an older man who refused to wear a condom then denied paternity. Though she quit school for a time, she has since returned while raising her now-two-year-old son, Ishmael, alone. “To be a mother at this age is not really easy,” she said, “but that will enable me to become stronger.” Credit: UNFPA/Michael Duff

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