Better Safe Than Sorry

“It was all unplanned. We didn’t want to but we ended up doing it. I don’t know what to do. Abortion is the only option I have.”

Several girls each day have such a conversation with people they confide in. Several women opt for secret or illegal abortions every day being a part of a conservative society.

Why is it that these women aren’t provided with the much needed sex education? Why is that its 2017 and our society, our country is still playing victim to the very idea of sex? Its something that’s celebrated wearing expensive clothes and serving delicious food under the event category of Valima every day in Pakistan then why is there no education provided beforehand?

Childbirth is one of God’s most wondrous miracle that a human eye has seen, that a human heart has experiences and yet we fail to provide the preliminary precautions and and prevention for it?

While I’m at it, let’s see a few facts here about women, pregnancy and contraception:

  1. In Pakistan, almost one-half of the women are anemic throughout their pregnancy.
  2. More than 2/3rds of the women deliver at home, without the supervision of any trained assistance.
  3. 45% deaths of under 5 years of age occurs during the first month of life, primarily as a result of poor maternal health and nutrition and complications during delivery. This indicates that maternal health has a direct impact on child survival..
  4. Less than 2 years of interval between children doubles the risk of infant dying.
  5. 34% mothers in Pakistan are said to be underweight according to their age and BMI.
  6. One woman in every 38 dies during childbirth.
  7. More than 1/3rd of Pakistani women wish to space the next birth or limit the family, but is unable to do so.
  8. Households spend considerably less on women in the event of illness as compared to men.
  9. 3 women lose their lives EVERY HOUR because of pregnancy associated complications.
  10. We have more than seventy five thousand villages all over the country without proper road network. People living in mountains, forest areas and small islands have no access to centre with EmOC available.

The lack of contraception, health and sex education, and precautions is taking so many lives, physically and emotionally.

To address this, Greenstar recently came out with a powerful campaign – #NoMenWithoutWomen.

Several women came out with messages to show a woman’s struggle. The campaign didn’t just raise awareness but had several others speak up about so many issues. There definitely is #NoMenWithoutWomen and kudos to Greenstar SM for highlighting this issue, putting forward a progressive Pakistan.

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