Contraception increases women’s decision-making power and
autonomy, as individuals and within the household, and helps them
to strike a better balance between private and work life. Access
to contraception is therefore a crucial factor of women’s empowerment.
One of the main barriers to contraception is its financial
cost: subsidies and reimbursement should therefore be granted by
public authorities by including modern contraceptives in public
health insurance schemes.
Misconceptions and myths, as well as patriarchal norms and
social stigma, also severely hinder access to modern contraception.
Comprehensive sexuality education in school, as well as information
and awareness raising activities targeting adults, are key in addressing
such cultural and social barriers.
Protecting and promoting access to sexual and reproductive
health and rights, including access to contraception, should be
high in the list of political, equality and health priorities of