Empty Shelves, Empty Hands Advocacy Guide

Despite dramatic improvements in family planning and sexual and reproductive health across Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), persistent socioeconomic disparities demand that governments address weak policy frameworks, legal and regulatory barriers, and an inconsistent range of contraceptive methods.

In 2012, nearly one-quarter of women in LAC who wanted to avoid getting pregnant lacked modern contraceptives. These same women also accounted for three-quarters of all unintended pregnancies across the region. This film shows the devastating consequences of the lack of access to contraceptives on women’s lives.