On this International Women’s Day, as we celebrate the achievements of women around the world, we must remember that without control over their own bodies and without choices about if, when and how often to have children, the scope and breadth of women’s ambitions is ultimately, and irrevocably, limited.
Reproductive health stories from Pathfinder and beyond
What if at the age of 15, your parents introduced you to your husband? If this happened to you, would you be as strong as Jailata?
Pathfinder’s commitment to youth runs deep. As one of the first organizations to recognize and respond to young people’s unique sexual and reproductive needs, we have implemented adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health projects for over 40 years, in over 40 developing countries.
On International Day of the Girl, Purnima Mane advocates for ending the cycle of violence, giving adolescent girls a chance to be girls -- letting millions of Malalas grow up fearlessly
When I learned about the 2014 Friends of Pathfinder trip to India, I immediately knew I wanted to go.
Focus Area: Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health, Contraception & Family Planning
Sitting on the floor of a modest concrete building in Bihar, India, 21 year-old Nicky recalled how, as a teenager, she convinced her parents not to marry her off. I’ve heard many stories similar to hers but this time, I was witnessing empowerment with my own eyes.
For the past several years, Pathfinder has worked to prevent early marriage in Bihar and other parts of Eastern India through projects like PRACHAR and initiatives like JAGRITI.
Pinki Kumari’s life has not been without its challenges. Staying in school meant overcoming financial and societal barriers. She lost her husband at a young age and struggled to support herself because of cultural and religious restrictions that limit her mobility as a woman in India. Against all odds, Pinki not only dared to find her own voice, but found her passion in helping others find theirs.
The more I learned of their situation, the more depressed and heartbroken you would think I would have become. However, that was not the case as I began to learn about their newfound sense of solidarity, self-respect, and empowerment.