One-in-four Ugandan girls aged 15–19 years old is a mother or pregnant with her first child, robbing 25% of the country’s adolescent girls of their potential. Teen pregnancy also contributes to thousands of deaths and disabilities to young girls and newborn every year, with consequences for mother, child, family, community and nation. WRA Uganda is utilizing citizen-led advocacy to raise the issue among policymakers and using the What Women Want campaign to hear directly from women about their needs around reproductive health and family planning.
The What Women Want campaign seeks to support a broader movement for gender equality and women’s empowerment by starting with a basic – yet profound – question to one million girls and women worldwide: What is your top request for quality reproductive and maternal healthcare services?
As the world celebrates Father’s Day, White Ribbon Alliance and partners are calling upon all current and prospective fathers to get involved in the “What Women Want” campaign. For far too long, reproductive and maternal health is seen as primarily women’s responsibility. But the fact is, fathers occupy a special position of influence with the women and girls in their families.
Article from WRA Bangladesh (Bangla)
There can be no Universal Health Coverage (UHC) without quality, equity, dignity and sexual and reproductive health and rights ‘– that statement by Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus captures one of the key takeaways from the 71st World Health Assembly.
Through quality care, midwives can raise the collective morale of women, their families, their communities and their societies to define pregnancy as a natural and normal life event whilst ensuring that services reach women wherever it is needed. And wherever the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls can be protected, midwives are there, standing next to them them as is their way.