World Contraception Day: Sharing women's stories
On World Contraception Day, we're sharing women's stories.
Celebrating World Contraception Day
September 26 is World Contraception Day, a day for raising awareness about the importance of contraception. At MSI, we see every day what a difference contraception makes in women's lives—allowing them to finish their education, pursue a career and take care of their families. But you don't have to take our word for it: Listen to five of our clients, in their own words, sharing how contraception has impacted their lives.
Earning a degree
Umah Dumbaya, a young woman in Sierra Leone, saw how unplanned pregnancies forced her peers to drop out of school, so she began using contraception. Now, she's a college graduate and an MSI peer educator, teaching young women about contraception so they can pursue their dreams.
“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.”
Relief and hope
When Mi Aye was married at just 14, she had no way to avoid pregnancy. Living in a squatter's quarter in Myanmar, she had her first child at 15 and was eager to avoid another pregnancy. An MSI provider counseled her on her options and provided her with free contraception.
“It was like being thirsty and falling into a well.”
Career and independence
For many years, Margaret Louve wanted to work but couldn't due to unplanned pregnancies. After she began to use contraception, Margaret was able to attend teacher's college. Now, as a teacher, she can support herself and her seven children.
“Before, I depended on friends, relatives and my husband purely for survival. Ever since I received the contraceptive, my worries about becoming pregnant stopped and I was able to pursue my career in a teacher’s college. I am not earning much but now I can support myself and my children with the money I bring in.”
Caring for family
Aku Amag and her husband were struggling to make ends meet in rural Ghana with two young children at home. Aku had heard myths about contraception—but an MSI provider addressed her concerns. The nurse helped her choose the right method for her, so she could focus on caring for her children.
"I have never used contraception before, but it will help me space my births and plan our family. I had heard of family planning before, but I’d heard bad things. I now feel reassured.”
Freedom from fear
Living in rural Uganda, options for reproductive care are scarce. Mudua Scovia, a widower and mother of five children, feared an unintended pregnancy. But a visit from an MSI outreach team meant a chance to take control of her future.
“I want to look after my children. But I am a woman alone and any time a man could force me into sex and I could get pregnant. Now I am going to be okay because I will not have to give birth to a child I do not want on my own. I think I will be fine.”