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Not all heroes wear a cape.

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Sometimes they wear pale blue overalls and trek from door to door across towering mountains .

Celebrating women - every day

High up in the Himalayan mountains, along crowded streets in West African towns or resting for a moment in the shade of a tree under the blazing sun. This is where we find the 'Avon Ladies' of sexual and reproductive health. A new generation of nurses and midwives who are using their local knowledge and entrepreneurial skills to break down barriers to contraceptive access by bringing services to the doorsteps of women in their communities – literally.

Dressed in a light blue uniform with a bright blue briefcase strapped to the back of her motorcycle, or carrying a bulging backpack between mountain towns, she goes door-to-door to deliver choice to women – wherever they are, and whatever their circumstances.  She pushes the boundaries and challenge bias within her community to help others achieve their dreams. She is a Marie Stopes Lady.

Did you know that as little as


Can provide a young woman with the contraception of her choice from a Marie Stopes Lady

Did you know that more than


Marie Stopes Ladies work in their communities to deliver choice to women

How we help

We are on the ground in 37 countries around the world, going the last mile to deliver practical solutions and life-changing services.


We’re working tirelessly to expand access to high quality and modern contraception, and to offer the widest range of methods in every country we operate in, so that every woman we meet can choose the method that is right for her.

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Safe abortion & post-abortion care

In the countries where we're legally permitted to do so, we help women to safely end their pregnancies. We also provide immediate, life-saving care for women suffering from unsafe abortion and miscarriage.

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Maternal health

Our maternal health services support women who would otherwise have no choice but to give birth without properly skilled attendants or emergency obstetric care.

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Meet the women defying Trump’s Global Gag Rule

When President Trump re-enacted the Global Gag Rule in January 2017, the intention was to cut off pro-choice organisations like Marie Stopes International at the knees.

When she decides...

The world is better, stronger and safer. In this story, we highlight some of the incredibly strong women we have met, whose stories linger with us.

Delivering for every woman

“I am tired, the suffering is too much. There is peace here, but no money.”

Snakes, bandits and Boko Haram

Snakes, bandits and Boko Haram - all in a day's work. But despite the many dangers, the team demonstrates a total commitment to the mission and improving the lives of their compatriots.

Umah Dumbuya

"Getting an education was my dream, and taking contraception has allowed me to pursue that."

Annie Ramasy

Annie Ramasy travels for up to six hours every day to provide family planning services to women in rural, isolated communities in Madagascar.

Chap Si Yim

“I don’t need to worry about unwanted pregnancy and I can keep working to support my family.”

Gifty Danwah – Market porter and client

I hadn’t used contraception before Marie Stopes. I said to myself this will change my life, and it has.

Naomi Mwansa – young client

I was scared to go to prison. I was worried about the number of years I would spend there. I was really scared.

Paulina Marko Dahai – outreach client

My daughters must study. Education is the most important thing. I want them to go further than I did – this is my dream.

Chum Dam – vasectomy client

It's time for me to take responsibility.

Afride Lyatuu – Marie Stopes Tanzania nurse

My job is good. It makes me happy. I like to be out here helping women and saving lives.

Lizzie Banda – Marie Stopes Zambia nurse

I have to work, for the people. That’s why I chose this career. I’m proud to work for my Zambian people.

Sister Laeticia Dlovo

Since joining Marie Stopes South Africa in 1998, Sister Laeticia - known as Ma Letty - has seen the country liberalise its abortion law and make tremendous improvements in maternal health.

Margaret Louve

“Having many children was never part of my plan,” says Margaret Louve, but a lack of consistent contraceptive uptake meant she became trapped in a succession of unplanned pregnancies.

Mariam Haruna

"We had to run. All the pain of running is more than the pain of this insertion."

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