In her speech, van der Heijden cited some dramatic figures, which are also in the report. Only a quarter of the world’s women are able to say no to sex, almost a quarter are unable to make decisions about their own healthcare. Every day, 800 women die as a result of preventable pregnancy complications. Half of the world’s pregnancies are unintended.
“We need to debunk the myths surrounding demographics. There are 8 billion of us, but two-thirds of those people live in countries with low fertility rates.
We should not sacrifice our rights and our freedom. We should not undermine our self-determination.
That is why, as the Netherlands, we are scaling up our international efforts for gender equality and developing a feminist foreign policy.” Passionately she added: “We’ve run out of patience. I’ve run out of patience. And I hope you will help us make the world a better place.”