For decades, women’s rights activists in Senegal fought for greater contraception access in their communities, to little avail.
Religion announces itself loudly in Senegal, which is more than 90 percent Muslim, and guides many facets of daily life for Senegalese women. So when Marie Stopes Senegal providers began incorporating imams – local religious leaders – into their education programs, family planning began to enjoy greater acceptance.
A new piece for the Christian Science Monitor explains how the approach has opened new doors for reproductive healthcare in a country where it has been traditionally difficult to access. Marie Stopes’ outreach vehicles travel far and wide to spread information about family planning, and the imams’ eagerness to get involved amplifies the message.