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onke Gen­der Jus­tice and its part­ners re­cently launched a re­port on the sta­tus of fathers in the world. It fo­cuses on the role of fathers in the lives of their part­ners, chil­dren and the com­mu­ni­ties in which they live. One of the ar­eas the re­port fo­cuses on is re­pro­duc­tive health and the role we as men and fathers can, should and must play to en­sure that mat­ters re­lat­ing to re­pro­duc­tive health are not re­garded as solely an is­sue for women.

Rather, we should play a di­rect and mean­ing­ful part in con­tribut­ing to a so­ci­ety that val­ues equal­ity among men and women and pro­motes sex­ual and re­pro­duc­tive health.

The re­port high­lights that there were about 85 mil­lion un­in­tended preg­nan­cies glob­ally in 2012, which rep­re­sented 40% of all preg­nan­cies.

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