Knowledge is power; so is access to contraceptives. Millions of women the world over are not only deprived of the right to an education, but also access to contraceptives. It has been shown that educating women is a real solution to poverty and overpopulation.


Family planning is a serious problem in impoverished countries. In Burkina Faso, Africa, the lack of access to family planning and contraceptives has led to thousands of unsafe abortions. The problems of overpopulation and poverty that the families in these countries face not only affect their living situations, but also the lives of people around the world.


With the increase in population, resource management and the environment are becoming increasingly important factors. Family planning and access to contraceptives are critical issues, and without proper attention will lead to even more serious problems for the people in these areas.


Women’s education is not only important to keep the population in check, but it also gives women power and choices. By educating women, they realize that they have the power to stand up for themselves and for their rights. Education for girls in impoverished countries is almost always second to that of boys. Many girls never make it to secondary school and are left to lead a life where many of their decisions are made for them. If we empower women with education, we empower them with a voice. We empower them with the ability to make choices about their future and the kind of life they want to live.


Empowering women improves the lives of both the women, themselves, and their families. Each child is an economic burden for many families and lead to the continuation of the cycle of poverty. By creating equal opportunities for women and men to obtain education and work, we could see a potential end to the cycle. If we give impoverished women an education and access to contraceptives, we give them a chance to rise above their circumstances and change the world.


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