"If you empower a woman or a girl, then you’ve empowered a home, you’ve empowered a country and you’ve empowered the world”
These are the words of Damaless, a fearless nurse from MSI Reproductive Choices in Zambia who sees the power of reproductive choice first-hand. Every day she witnesses how choice supports women and girls to live their lives on their own terms, to stay in education, forge careers and contribute to improving their lives and communities.
Every day she witnesses how the right to choose is transformational.
But today, the international community is failing the 218 million women who want access to contraception but can’t get it. And it is failing the 35 million women each year who have to make the agonising decision to resort to an unsafe abortion.
Every minute of every day, 67 women resort to an unsafe abortion. Let that sink in. By the time we go to bed today 96,000 women will have risked their lives with an unsafe procedure and more than 44,000 will have such severe complications they will need to go to hospital.
As the economic impact from COVID-19 is felt worldwide, the number of women who want access to reproductive choice, but don't yet have it, is rising.
Now, the UK government, one of the world's leading supporters of sexual and reproductive healthcare, has announced drastic cuts to funding, stripping access for women and girls further.
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We have a long road ahead of us. But reproductive choice is foundational in the drive for gender equality and to a future where women and girls take their rightful place in all aspects of society.
As the economic impact from COVID-19 is felt worldwide, the number of women who want access to reproductive choice, but don't yet have it, is rising. Now, the UK Government has announced drastic cuts to funding, stripping access for women and girls further.
"People in remote areas will have nowhere else to access sexual and reproductive health services... These cuts will not only put lives at risk today, but they also risk undoing years of progress, with global ramifications." Sue Holland, MSI Regional Director in West Africa responds to UK cuts.
As we launch our new strategy we also announce our bold vision for the next decade: By 2030, no abortion will be unsafe and every individual who wants access to contraception will have it. We know this is achievable, but it will require us to do things differently.
From contraception to safe abortions, and life-saving services following unsafe procedures, we are committed to delivering compassionate, high-quality services for all. With absolutely no stigma attached.