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When Hervé realized he had an STI, there was only one person he could turn to – peer educator Chariette. On her recommendation, he visited the Cameroon National Association for Family Welfare (CAMNAFAW). The care he received from the clinic inspired him to become a peer educator.
English language student Gertrude Zouakeu Noutcha's neighbor is a peer educator with the Cameroon National Planning Association for Family Welfare. When Gertrude needed advice on her relationship, her neighbor was there to help counsel them both. Her positive experience inspired her to become a peer educator.
Hasina turned to sex work when her husband died and left her and her three-year-old daughter without an income. She admits it initially made her feel powerless until she began working as a peer educator with Family Planning Association of India. She now feels that she has some control over her own body.
Neelam Dixit is the branch manager of FPA India's GCACI clinic in Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. Through the work they are doing within their local community, she is slowly seeing a shift in attitude on abortion and the stigma that surrounds it.
From Rehkha, who helps to spread the message of safe sex and safe abortion through songs, to Diti, a sex worker who decided she did not want to continue with a pregnancy, meet some of the people expanding safe access to abortion services in India, and the women benefiting from it.
High up in the mountains of central northern Nepal, not far from the Tibetan border, lies the district of Rasuwa. The people here are mainly ethnic Tamang and Sherpa, two indigenous groups with cultural traditions stretching back centuries. But these rich cultural traditions can come hand-in-hand with severe social problems, compounded by entrenched poverty and very low literacy rates.
“People used to shout at me when I was distributing condoms. They called me many bad things.” Rita Chawal recalls her time as a family planning youth volunteer for the Family Planning Association of Nepal (FPAN), Nepal’s largest family planning organisation, running classes on sexual health, safe abortion and contraception.
“When I was about to give birth, we called for an ambulance or a vehicle to help but even after five hours of calling, no vehicle arrived.”
Jomini, from rural Nepal, was just 16 when her parents forced her to marry a man 8 years older than her. "I didn't know anything about the physical side" she says, but IPPF provided family planning.
After noticing women in his community suffering, he took the initiative of opening a family planning clinic within the village.