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Seeing the Unseen: U.S. Virtual Launch of the 2022 UNFPA State of World Population Report

Please join the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative, in collaboration with UNFPA, for the U.S. launch of the 2022 UNFPA State of World Population (SWOP) report, titled Seeing the Unseen: The case for action in the neglected crisis of unintended pregnancy.  This year’s report details the steep costs associated with unintended pregnancy – including the cost to a person’s health, education, and future; as well as costs to health systems, workforces, and societies. Panelists will discuss the SWOP report and its findings, the importance of addressing and working to reduce unintended pregnancy globally, and key policies and recommendations to mitigate the many costs of unintended pregnancy.

Date & Time

Tuesday
Jul. 12, 2022
9:30am – 10:30am ET

Overview

The 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognize women’s bodily autonomy and gender equality. However, globally from 2015-2019, almost half of all pregnancies were unintended, amounting to roughly 121 million unintended pregnancies each year. Related, nearly one quarter of all women lack bodily autonomy—the ability to make decisions regarding their own health care. These statistics demonstrate that progress is needed to ensure reproductive freedom globally, and to meet the 2030 SDGs. Beyond the personal context, unintended pregnancy has profound costs and consequences to societies and health systems globally. Increasingly, research shows that unintended pregnancy is tied to lower quality of life, increased health care costs, and high rates of maternal deaths.

Please join the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative, in collaboration with UNFPA, for the U.S. launch of the 2022 UNFPA State of World Population (SWOP) report, titled Seeing the Unseen: The case for action in the neglected crisis of unintended pregnancy.  This year’s report details the steep costs associated with unintended pregnancy – including the cost to a person’s health, education, and future; as well as costs to health systems, workforces, and societies. Panelists will discuss the SWOP report and its findings, the importance of addressing and working to reduce unintended pregnancy globally, and key policies and recommendations to mitigate the many costs of unintended pregnancy.

Please send questions for our panelists to mhi@wilsoncenter.org and follow the conversation on Twitter at @Wilson_MHI, and on Instagram at @MaternalHealthInitiative using the hashtags #SWOP2022 & #MHDialogue. Find more coverage of these issues on our blog, NewSecurityBeat.org/Dot-Mom.

Panelists

Bwire Moses

Executive Director, Peer To Peer Uganda (PEERU) 

Gayatri Patel

Vice President of Advocacy and External Relations, Women's Refugee Commission 

Gilda Sedgh

Advisor, State of World Population report, UNFPA

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Maternal Health Initiative

Life and health are the most basic human rights, yet disparities between and within countries continue to grow. No single solution or institution can address the variety of health concerns the world faces. By leveraging, building on, and coordinating the Wilson Center’s strong regional and cross-cutting programming, the Maternal Health Initiative (MHI) promotes dialogue and understanding among practitioners, scholars, community leaders, and policymakers.  Read more

Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental change, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.  Read more