What can we do to help?

  GLOBALLY As identified by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), certain strategies must be carried out to improve and expand access to contraception worldwide. First of all, socio-cultural shifts must take place to address gender stereotypes and inequities. This will help give women and girls a voice in their relationships as well as eliminate practices … More What can we do to help?

Today’s biggest challenge: constraints on family planning organisations

At a global level, the biggest constraint on the success of organisations meeting the need for contraceptive access is funding. Many NGOs rely on funding from specific governments to provide sexual and reproductive health services to families in the world’s poorest nations – leaving them at the mercy of the rich nations’ attitudes towards contraception. For … More Today’s biggest challenge: constraints on family planning organisations

Overcoming barriers: what has been done, and what is being done?

What has been done? During the 1960-1994 ‘Reproductive revolution’, the average worldwide fertility rate fell from 6 children to 3, marking a 50 percent decline. Also during this time, contraceptive prevalence rose from the initial levels of 10% to the current 60% level. The decline in fertility recorded has been largely attributed to public policies … More Overcoming barriers: what has been done, and what is being done?

Why women can’t access contraception

Given the huge benefit provided by contraception, it is important to ask why not all women that want to are accessing contraception. Unfortunately, there are a number of barriers that stop girls and women from reliable and effective contraceptive use. These barriers are often inter-related and it is the intersection of numerous barriers that result … More Why women can’t access contraception

Why women need access to contraception: thinking globally – PART THREE

The third and final instalment in this series is: OVERPOPULATION “Once it was necessary that the people should multiply and be fruitful if the race was to survive. But now to preserve the race it is necessary that people hold back the power of propagation” – Helen Keller There are nearly 7.5 billion people on Earth¹. … More Why women need access to contraception: thinking globally – PART THREE

Why women need access to contraception: beyond health – PART TWO

    Kim’s Story: In 1976, Kim Tuyen, aged 18, left her home in the town of Vinh Long in war ravaged Vietnam to live on a farm in the country. She had left to escape her stifling conservative family, and living independently gave her the freedom she craved. There, she met an older and … More Why women need access to contraception: beyond health – PART TWO

Why women need access to contraception – PART ONE

The benefits of contraception are far reaching and comprehensive. They have the potential to influence all of the Sustainable Development Goals. These goals, adopted by UN member states to achieve by 2030, aim to ‘end poverty, protect the planet, achieve good health and wellbeing and ensure prosperity for all’. These goals can be viewed here. … More Why women need access to contraception – PART ONE