GENEVA / STATE OF THE WORLD POPULATION

Preview Language:   Original
30-Mar-2022 00:02:29
Almost a quarter of all women are effectively forced to have sex, and nearly half of all pregnancies are unintended globally, said UN Population Fund (UNFPA). UNTV CH

Available Language: English
Type
Language
Format
Acquire
/
English
Other Formats
Description
STORY: GENEVA / STATE OF THE WORLD POPULATION
TRT: 2:29
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 30 MARCH 2022 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot, flag alley, UN Geneva
2. Wide shot, press room
3. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Monica Ferro, Director, UNFPA:
“We are that foreseeing that 265,000 women are pregnant in Ukraine and in next three months 80,000 will give birth. So, if there is no health facility for them to give birth, to have a skilled birth - skilled attendant’s birth - or if they don’t have access to healthcare, this is going to increase as we known maternal mortality and morbidity.”
4. Med shot, speakers, TV screen showing Ferro, UN logo to rear
5. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Monica Ferro, Director, UNFPA:
“Today, in countries where data is available, nearly a quarter of all women are unable to say no to sex. Nearly a quarter of women are unable to make decisions about their own health care. Nearly 10 percent are unable to make decisions about contraception.”
6. Med shot, podium speakers, seated, large TV screen showing Ms. Ferro with UN logo to rear.
7. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Monica Ferro, Director, UNFPA:
“Of all pregnancies in the world, nearly half-half - are unintended. For the women and girls affected, the most life-altering reproductive choice – whether or not to become pregnant – is no choice at all.”
8. Med shot, TV screen showing Ferro, participant to rear
9. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Monica Ferro, Director, UNFPA:
“It is a development issue. While every country continues to experience unacceptably high rates of unintended pregnancy, we see strong correlations between rates of unintended pregnancy and lack of development.”
10. Med shot, participant
11. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Monica Ferro, Director, UNFPA:
“We must make pregnancy an aspiration, not an inevitability, and we do that by empowering women and girls to make affirmative choices about sexual activity and motherhood. For this to happen, we must reduce gender inequality and empower women and girls.”
12. Med shot, participants
13. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Monica Ferro, Director, UNFPA:
“One of the questions that we are often asked is are men interested in having a role in reducing unintended pregnancies or in controlling fertility. And it’s quite interesting because, in most of the places where we have data, it shows that men are quite interested. They don’t see motherhood or family planning as a burden only to be carried by women.”
14. Med shot, participants, TV screen
15. Med shot, podium speakers, UN backdrop panel
16. Close up, participant’s hand

STORYLINE:
Almost a quarter of all women are effectively forced to have sex, and nearly half of all pregnancies are unintended globally, said UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

Presenting the UNFPA’s State of the World Population 2022 report to the press today (30 Mar), Monica Ferro, Director of UNFPA in Geneva, said, “Today, in countries where data is available, nearly a quarter of all women are unable to say no to sex. Nearly a quarter of women are unable to make decisions about their health care. Nearly 10 percent are unable to make decisions about contraception.”

She added that “of all pregnancies globally, nearly half-half - are unintended. For the women and girls affected, the most life-altering reproductive choice – whether or not to become pregnant – is no choice at all.”

For UNFPA, the problem is closely linked to a lack of development, gender inequality, and stigma.

“It is a development issue,” Ferro insisted.

“While every country continues to experience unacceptably high rates of unintended pregnancy, we see strong correlations between rates of unintended pregnancy and lack of development.”

The report also highlights how the crisis in Ukraine prompted by Russia’s invasion on 24 February and other conflicts are expected to drive an increase in unintended pregnancy.

“We are that foreseeing that 265,000 women are pregnant in Ukraine and next three months 80,000 will give birth” - many without access to critical maternal health care - said Ferro, her comments coming after targeting a maternity hospital in the stricken coastal city of Mariupol earlier this month.

As part of the UN’s response, UNFPA has shipped essential medicines and life-saving sexual and reproductive health services and supplies to the country.

“If there is no health facility for them to give birth, to have a skilled birth - skilled attendant’s birth - or if they don’t have access to healthcare, this is going to increase as we known maternal mortality and morbidity,” Ferro warned.

Given the “staggering number” of unintended pregnancies every year – 121 million, or 331,000 per day – UNFPA has urged governments everywhere to do more to tackle gender inequality and stalled development – two of the critical drivers of the problem.

Among UNFPA’s other stand-out findings, an estimated 257 million women who want to avoid pregnancy are not using safe, modern methods of contraception.

“We must make pregnancy an aspiration, not an inevitability, and we do that by empowering women and girls to make affirmative choices about sexual activity and motherhood,” said Ferro. “For this to happen, we must reduce gender inequality and empower women and girls.”

This includes rethinking what we know about contraception – including who should use it - the UNFPA Geneva Office Director said, amid a growing tendency for more women to question the health impacts linked to birth control medication.

“One of the questions that we are often asked is are men interested in having a role in reducing unintended pregnancies or in controlling fertility. And it’s quite interesting because, in most of the places where we have data, it shows that men are quite interested. They don’t see motherhood or family planning as a burden only to be carried by women.”
Series
Category
Creator
UNTV CH
Alternate Title
unifeed220330b
Asset ID
2723733