2012 was a year when sexual and reproductive health hit the headlines in a big way. The London Summit on Family Planning in July finally woke the world up to the fact that over 200 million women want, but do not use contraception.
But it was just one of many stories making waves. Sexual and reproductive health continues to cause passionate debate around the globe year after year. But we have a good feeling about the year just past because the tide seemed to turn from talk to action. Here are our top 10 picks from the last 12 months, and why they are good news for the women and men who want to have children by choice, not chance.
- In July the world's eyes turned to London as Melinda Gates declared that family planning will be her principle focus for at least the next decade. David Cameron, leaders from developing countries, donors, the private sector and civil society organisations joined her in saying that when it comes to women and men being able to access a contraceptive method of their choice, there is simply '#nocontroversy'. The summit wasn't without its issues: some felt that abortion should also be discussed, while others felt that rights weren't enough to the fore. Without question though, this summit generated unprecedented levels of funds and support for an issue often thought 'too difficult'. And the fact that the governments of Nigeria, Ethiopia, Senegal and the Philippines have already followed up with their own national level summits fills us with hope that the family planning revolution might one day be completed.