Twenty-five years after the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, the Arab states region has made progress in reaching the goals of the ICPD Programme of Action, which enshrined individual reproductive rights as a basic human right.

Maternal deaths dropped by 43 per cent. There is better data on gender-based violence, which is a precondition to act against it effectively. Child marriage dropped by 9 per cent and more women than ever can find and use family planning services and take control of their futures.

This year, world leaders will come together again in Nairobi to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ICPD and to renew their commitment to its agenda.

But why should you care about the ICPD? Read the full story on to find out.

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