One in Four Women Not Free to Say No to Sex, UN Research Finds

A new report by the United Nations Population Fund offers a global view of women's decision-making power over their own bodies. In 57 of the countries surveyed - many of them in Africa - a quarter of women are not able to make their own decisions about accessing health care and a quarter of women are not empowered to say no to sex with their husband or partner.

Laws in Mali protect women's access to maternal health care. But the data show that, in some places, there is a gulf between laws and women's realities.

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