Family planning for married girls: lessons learned from ICFP 2016
Girls Not Brides Blog, Posted By Dr Anita Raj and Dr Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli on Monday 8th Feb 2016 Family planning for married girls: lessons learned from ICFP 2016 The 4th International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP 2016) held in Bali, Indonesia, offered a global forum to build our understanding of how to improve family planning policy and practice.
The contraceptive needs of young people were a focal point of this conference. Participants discussed how to reach more diverse young populations and provide them with high quality and youth-friendly information and services. Child marriage in particular was identified as a major barrier to women and girls’ reproductive autonomy.
While much of the work on child marriage focuses on prevention, the conference emphasised something that does not get enough attention: the need to support family planning for the 15 million girls who marry each year. Here is what we learned.