25 Sep, 12 | by shellraine, e-Media Editor
WCD 2012 focuses on empowering young people to think ahead and build contraception into their plans, in order to prevent an unplanned pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection (STI).
- World Contraception Day (WCD) takes place on September 26 every year. This annual worldwide campaign centres around a vision for a world where every pregnancy is wanted
- Every year, countries and regions around the world organize events to mark World Contraception Day and to demonstrate their commitment to raising awareness of contraception and improving education regarding reproductive and sexual health.
- Launched in 2007, WCD’s mission is to improve awareness of all contraceptive methods to enable young people around the world to make informed decisions on their sexual and reproductive health
- One of the most effective ways for young people to prevent an unplanned pregnancy or STI is to think ahead and consider the best contraceptive option for them – before having sex
- An important part of planning for the future is knowing where to access accurate and unbiased information about contraception.
The WCD website, www.Your-Life.com, contains up to date information on contraception to help young people and educational material with some useful quizzes under the ‘Media Center’ tab.
WCD is supported by a coalition of 11 international NGOs, scientific and medical societies with an interest in sexual health and is sponsored by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals. The NGOs and societies involved in WCD are:
- Asian Pacific Council on Contraception (APCOC)
- Centro Latinamericano Salud y Mujer (CELSAM)
- European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health (ESC)
- German Foundation for World Population (DSW)
- International Federation of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (FIGIJ)
- International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
- Marie Stopes International (MSI)
- Population Services International
- The Population Council
- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
- Women Deliver
The website/blog Impatient Optimists, which is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, documents some of the difficulties people and countries around the world face trying to implement these aims.
http://www.londonfamilyplanningsummit.co.uk/ On 11 July 2012 the UK Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with UNFPA and other partners hosted a groundbreaking summit that will mobilize global policy, financing, commodity, and service delivery commitments to support the rights of an additional 120 million women and girls in the world’s poorest countries to use contraceptive information, services and supplies, without coercion or discrimination, by 2020.
http://populationmatters.org/2012/ceo-blog/world-contraception-day-26-september-2012/ details the The Population Matters Annual General Meeting and Conference 2012 which will be held on Saturday 13th October 2012 in central London. The meeting is open to members, their guests and other interested parties on request. Advance registration is required.