Reproductive choice is the foundation upon which equality is based
The benefits of supporting girls to stay in school are far-reaching. When girls can access an education, they are better able to pursue a career, create opportunities in their communities, and drive positive change in wider societies.
Just one more year of school can increase a woman’s earnings by up to 20%. By helping to reduce the gender pay gap, this has the potential of boosting global GDP by $28 trillion by 2025. But girls need access to reproductive choice to get there.Read more about the role of reproductive choice in girls' access to education
“In Ghana the government has made education compulsory and free, but as you climb the educational ladder, you start to see fewer girls than boys. So, it tells you that removing financial barriers alone is not enough to advance gender equality.
“I grew up in a rural community where teenage pregnancy and early motherhood were normal. We never had any education on reproductive health and rights, and as a result I had friends who died from unsafe abortion. It wasn’t until university that I learnt about contraception and safe abortion. During my first year, I couldn't help but wonder, if my classmates had this information, if my own family members had this information, I probably wouldn't have been the only one who attended university.”
Esi Asare Prah, Youth Focal Person and Advocacy Officer for MSI in Ghana
Women who have access to quality education and reproductive choice are better prepared to lead and help build a more equal, sustainable world.
In public life, women are more likely to make decisions that benefit family and community life, for example, on improving education and social services. While organisations led by women are more likely to be focused on sustainability, for example, combatting the climate crisis.What you can do to help
We have a long path ahead of us before every girl has access to a high-quality education and reproductive choice.
In Niger, 1 in 2 girls will give birth before their 18th birthday, while only 1 in 100 will finish secondary school. Across many of the countries that MSI works in, teenage girls are almost twice as likely to want access to contraception, but not yet have it.
This lack of choice leads to unplanned pregnancies, forcing girls to drop out of school, robbing them of their education, and in some cases, their health and lives.
At MSI Reproductive Choices, we are working towards a world where every woman and girl has access to the reproductive choice they need to stay in school, to lead, and to build a more equal world for all.
Since launching our adolescent strategy in 2017, we have provided over 4 million adolescents with the reproductive choice they need to pursue their own futures. Now, we need to work in partnership to make this a reality for everyone.
A fairer future is within reach, we need your support to get there.
“Every girl has her life to live and we are choosing to take our destiny in our hands. My mother dropped out of school at age 19 and my two aunties did the same. My ambition is to go to university and achieve my dream of becoming a lawyer. But I have to protect myself to see my dream come true.”
Blessing, a teenage girl in Nigeria
Reproductive choice changes lives. Together, we can make choice possible for women and girls, giving them what they need to thrive.
When girls complete their education, they unlock a world of opportunity. They can pursue a career, break the cycle of poverty and build a more gender-equal, sustainable world.
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