posted on Sep, 24 2018 @ 07:47 AM
Here are some ideas I've found though I don't agree with all of them.
Provide universal access to safe and effective contraceptive options for both sexes. With nearly two in five pregnancies reported as mistimed or never
wanted, lack of access to good family planning services is among the biggest gaps in assuring that each baby will be wanted and welcomed in advance by
Guarantee education through secondary school for all, especially girls. In every culture surveyed to date, women who have completed at least some
secondary school have fewer children on average, and have children later in life, than do women who have less education.
Eradicate gender bias from law, economic opportunity, health, and culture. Women who can own, inherit, and manage property; divorce; obtain credit;
and participate in civic and political affairs on equal terms with men are more likely to postpone childbearing and to have fewer children compared to
women who are deprived of these rights.
Offer age-appropriate sexuality education for all students. Data from the United States indicate that exposure to comprehensive programs that detail
puberty, intercourse, options of abstinence and birth control, and respecting the sexual rights and decisions of individuals, can help prevent
unwanted pregnancies and hence reduce birth rates.
End all policies that reward parents financially based on the number of children they have. Governments can preserve and even increase tax and other
financial benefits aimed at helping parents by linking these not to the number of children they have, but to parenthood status itself.
Integrate lessons on population, environment, and development into school curricula at multiple levels. Refraining from advocacy or propaganda,
schools should educate students to make well-informed choices about the impacts of their behavior, including childbearing, on the environment.
Put prices on environmental costs and impacts. In quantifying the cost of an additional family member by calculating taxes and increased food costs,
couples may decide that the cost of having an additional child is too high, compared to the benefits of a smaller family that might receive government
rebates and have a lower cost of living. Such decisions, freely made by women and couples, can decrease birth rates without any involvement by
non-parents in reproduction.
Adjust to an aging population instead of boosting childbearing through government incentives and programs. Population aging must be met with the
needed societal adjustments, such as increased labor participation, rather than by offering incentives to women to have more children.
Convince leaders to commit to stabilizing population growth through the exercise of human rights and human development. By educating themselves on
rights-based population policies, policymakers can ethically and effectively address population-related challenges by empowering women to make their