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Developing Countries: Females

Department for International Development written question – answered on 22nd October 2019.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the secretary of state for international development, if he will discuss the importance of advancing adolescent girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights at the 2019 Nairobi Summit on the International Conference on Population and Development.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK will raise the importance of adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights as part of our engagements at the Nairobi ICPD+25 Summit. The UK committed at the 2017 Family Planning Summit to focus on adolescents in our sexual and reproductive health and rights programmes. We continue to amplify the needs of adolescent girls through our voice on the world stage.

At the UN General Assembly, the Secretary of State made clear the UK’s ongoing commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights, announcing an additional £600 million aid package to provide improved access to family planning. UK aid programmes are helping to give millions of women and girls control over their bodies, so they can choose if, when and how many children they want; that is a basic right that every woman and girl deserves.

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