We focus our efforts on introducing family planning to communities in critical biodiversity areas, where preserving natural habitats and resources is key to saving unique species on the edge of extinction.
We facilitate with women's groups in key communities access to reproductive methods for family planning. In doing so, we seek to empower women and young women, increasing their future opportunities, while alleviating poverty and protecting natural resources.
One of the greatest threats to biodiversity is the burgeoning human population, which places excessive demands on natural resources, which our earth is unable to sustain. During the past century alone, the human population suddenly soared – more than 7.5 billion people currently inhabit the planet. In striking contrast there were fewer than one billion people for 10,000+ years prior to the 1800s. This extraordinary growth, paired with modern tendencies for over consumption, has placed the future of our planet at great peril. Fortunately, improving access to contraceptives can curb unsustainable population growth.
A key solution to this dilemma is empowering women with greater access to voluntary family planning, which is crucial to both conservation and the overall well-being of society. Public health studies have revealed that when communities are given access to birth control and contraceptives, children are better nourished and educated, mothers are healthier, and family wealth increases.
Despite these important benefits, many women in many rural communities around the world lack access to these vital resources. An essential initiative of Women For Conservation is to provide these communities with basic healthcare services, including access to family planning methods and information.
We stand for women and their basic right to have access to family planning.