This week the global dialogue about family planning will change immeasurably. Why? On Wednesday, July 11, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) along with the foundation, with UNFPA, will host the London Family Planning Summit to discuss the critical need to place family planning on the global agenda and gain solid commitments from developing countries to provide increased family planning services to 120 million additional women and girls by the year 2020.
This summit is a follow-up to the “Contraception is Not Controversial” speech Melinda Gates gave this spring in Berlin at TEDxChange. Along with DFID and the Gates Foundation, civil society, the private sector, donors, developing nations, and international agencies will support the efforts and aims of the summit.
Thus far summit partners have consistently shared key articles, infographics, and supporting facts that prove the effectiveness and importance of family planning for women and girls in the world’s poorest countries. Some stand-out tweets curated from the #FPSummit hashtag, from partner organizations, are in the Storify below: