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Did You Know - Facts for World Contraception Day
- 77% of Canadians support abortion in Canada.
- In Canada nearly half of all pregnancies are unintended, and 31% of women have at least one abortion in their lifetime.
- A third of all births in BC are unintended at the time of conception.
- Only 65% of Canadian women who are at risk of pregnancy and not trying to conceive “always” use a method of contraception.
- The two main contraception methods used by Canadian women are the male condom (56%), and birth control pills (58%). Highly effective methods, such as intrauterine contraception, are only used by 4% of Canadian women.
- BC Women’s ACCESS Clinic is one of the only clinics in the lower-mainland where women with physical disabilities can get IUD’s and contraceptive advice.
- Globally, only 52% of women married or in a union freely make their own decisions about sexual relations, contraceptive use and health care.
- According to recent estimates, at least 8% of maternal deaths worldwide are from unsafe abortion; at least 22,800 women die each year from complications of unsafe abortion.
- Of the 56 million induced abortions that took place each year during 2010–2014, an estimated 25 million (45%) were unsafe.
- Youth (48%) who ever had intercourse reported the use of birth control pills as a method of contraception the last time they had sex.
About our Guests
Genesa M. Greening
President + Chief Executive Officer
BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation
Genesa M. Greening is a Certified Fund Raising Executive whose two decades of work in Canada, Africa, and the United States has seen her advise more than twenty charitable causes to fundraise over $250 million. In recognition of her community work and advocacy for gender equality, racial justice, and marginalized communities, Genesa was appointed to the Vancouver’s Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health + Addiction as well as the Women’s Advisory Committee. She is committed to ensuring women have equitable access to the highest quality health care when, where, and how they need it. As the President + CEO of BC Women's Hospital Foundation, Genesa collaborates with those who share her commitment to gender equity in health care and invests in charitable causes that deliver social change. She is an award-winning business leader, unapologetic feminist and relentless optimist driven to change women's experiences in the healthcare sector.
Dr. Dorothy Shaw
Vice President, Medical Affairs, BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre
Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics at UBC Faculty of Medicine, with a cross appointment in the Department of Medical Genetic
Dr. Dorothy Shaw is internationally recognized for her work advancing women’s sexual and reproductive rights and freedoms and improving the health of women, newborns, and children. She is also well known globally for her work on female genital mutilation (FGM) and was the Executive Producer of the award-winning 2009 documentary “The cutting tradition: Insight into female genital mutilation”.
In 2006, Dr. Shaw founded the International Federation of Gynecologists and Obstetricians (FIGO) Working Group on Prevention of Unsafe Abortion, which partnered with national and international agencies and organizations in 46 countries regarding action plans. In 2011, she piloted the formation of the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and was its inaugural chair.
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