"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 MSI nurse 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.
Everyday she witnesses how the right to choose is transformational.
But today, the international community is failing the 230 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.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
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.
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 we launch our new vision, we are changing our name from Marie Stopes International to MSI Reproductive Choices, reflecting our fundamental commitment to choice.
Our MSI 2030 strategy commits us to confront the challenges we face with courage and innovation, and to closing the gap - once and for all - so that no one is left behind and everyone is only one contact away from a safe provider.
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.
It costs less than 2 pence per day to protect a young woman from an unintended pregnancy. Join our vision to make choice a reality for all.