The world's efforts to promote gender equality hinge on access to reproductive health care, says Banchiamlack Dessalegn Africa Director at MSI Reproductive Choices. Abortion continues to be restricted across the world, with millions of women and girls denied access to it. Due to these laws and the shame spread by anti-choice groups, a culture of silence has grown around reproductive choices. Marginalised, rural, and low-income communities that can’t access private healthcare or travel for services are the ones most affected. Gender equality demands access to contraception and safe abortion because, without them, women’s lives, education, economic stability, and political participation are on the line.