Our CEO Chris Turner was on Radio National with Fran Kelly this morning. Listen to what he has to say about World Contraception Day!
This World Contraception Day, we want to talk about the importance of contraception and celebrate Marie Stopes International’s dedicated team who deliver this service to women around the world everyday.
Every single day, approximately 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Tragically, a third of these deaths are due to unintended pregnancies1. If women and their families could choose when and if they fell pregnant, these deaths could be avoided. Young women, especially adolescents, are particularly at risk. In fact, complications from pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of mortality among 15-19 year old girls2. Delaying childbearing for young women and promoting birth spacing for women through access to contraception can decrease maternal, infant and child mortality.
Contraception improves the lives of women, children and families, yet over 200 million women who want to avoid pregnancy are not using a modern method of contraception3. If all women in developing regions had the ability to prevent pregnancy when they wanted with the use of modern contraception, there would be a significant decline in unintended pregnancies, unplanned births and induced abortions.
The broader benefits of contraception are undeniable. If a girl has access to contraception, she may choose to stay in school, pursue higher education and be more likely to participate in the formal economy. We know that each additional year of schooling increases a woman’s future earnings by at least 10 per cent4. If a woman can access contraception she can make decisions about her future, help support her family and contribute to her community.
Contraception, at the most basic level contributes to sexual and reproductive health rights, women’s rights and gender equality.
That is why today we are celebrating Marie Stopes International’s work as providers of high-quality, comprehensive, rights-based contraception and sexual and reproductive health services. We know the importance of providing women and girls with this life-changing service and applaud our teams across the world who help achieve this.
Below is a video of Milena, our midwife from Marie Stopes Timor-Leste who works in one of the hardest to reach places in the Asia Pacific region providing women with contraception. Follow her journey through a day: