Only when she decides over her body, her life, her future can the world move forward.
In 2017, a global movement was sparked to support the fundamental rights of women and girls as a direct response to the Trump administration’s re-enactment of the Global Gag Rule. It caused people all over the world to come together to shout loud and clear that only she decides about her body, her life, her future – without question.
At Marie Stopes International we promise to be bold and do all we can to protect women’s access to basic and life-saving reproductive healthcare. We will not look away from abortion, and we will not turn our back on the women who need it. We will continue to work hard to ensure a woman’s right to bodily autonomy and protect each and every woman's right to choose when or whether to have children.
Every woman we serve has her own story, her own struggles and her own successes. Today, we want to highlight some of the incredibly strong women we have met, whose stories linger with us and whose lives have been changed by access to or lack of access to contraception and safe abortion.
Because every single one of them matters and every single one of them has their own story to tell.
Happy is 18 years old and exudes a confidence well beyond her age.
“I’ve never had concerns about family planning,” she tells us. “I feel free to talk about it and happy to talk about it."
Happy came to a Marie Stopes Tanzania mobile clinic to have a three year implant fitted. She regularly talks to her friends about contraception and feels confident in her right to decide for herself.
“As a woman, I chose a family planning method in order to finish my studies so that I can be a lawyer”
“My advice would be for women to choose a family planning method in order to make their dream to come true.”
Resolute in her desire to keep studying and to wait to have a family, Umah started taking contraception when she was 18. "Getting an education was my dream, and taking contraception has allowed me to pursue that. I’ve avoided many of the challenges my friends have faced. And today I am a graduate, something I am very proud of as a young woman here."Read Umah's story