Lawmakers Meet in Ottawa to
Promote Reproductive Health
OTTAWA, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- More than 130 parliamentarians
from 70 countries gathered here Thursday to discuss ways for promoting
reproductive rights and expanding access to reproductive health
At the opening session of the International Parliamentarians'
Conference held at Canadian Parliament, Thoraya Obaid, executive
director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), said
that access to reproductive health care is a matter of life and
She said about 58 million women give birth each year without
any medical help and 350 million women are denied access to safe
effective family planning methods.
"We cannot confront today's massive challenge of poverty,
hunger, disease and environmental destruction unless we address
the issues of population and reproductive health," stressed
Parliamentarians at the conference will discuss
how they can help secure funding and strengthen laws, policies
all women and men can enjoy the right to reproductive health.
sexual and reproductive rights of adolescents are of particular
concern to lawmakers since half the world's population today
is under 25 and half of all new HIV infection are among young people
aged 15-24 with girls at particular risk.
A Chinese delegation
led by Peng Peiyun, Vice President of the Standing Committee
of the National People's Congress, is attending
the two-day conference.
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