For much of the world, it's the time of year for family, feasting, present giving, and of course the annual review. They always say if you can't beat them join them, so here's Marie Stopes International's look back at what proved to be a pivotal year in sexual and reproductive health, and a peek forward at 2012.
So, 2011 was a pretty quiet year, then? No major changes. Probably one the history books will skip over. Or maybe not... Governments, dictators, economists, not to mention news reporters, certainly might beg to differ. From the Arab Spring to the summer riots much closer to home, the eurozone crisis and natural disasters of epic proportions, 2011 will be remembered if for nothing else, its ability to shock and surprise.
So, what, then does 2012 hold for us all? Obviously, we are already 12 years into the future and we still haven't got jet packs and monkey butlers, but I am willing to forgive the world of science for these hideous oversights if they come up with some way of skipping the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics. Because, frankly, if I'm not invited to light the flame, I'm not interested.