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universal access to reproductive health and rights

In a world that yearns for positive change, we extended our hand to the Aspire community and asked for help. Our mission? To uncover those fearless initiatives boldly championing towards the goals of UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 – Gender Equality. 

What we discovered was nothing short of extraordinary: women of the Aspire community working with unwavering commitment for all women and girls around the world. They’re all working towards an equal world. Now, it’s your turn..

Women and Children First

Women and Children First has a vision of world where all women, children and young people can survive and thrive. We do this by helping local communities to take action on the health issues which they face. We are a small NGO that has a big impact on women and girls around the world.


Our projects include:


  • Improving maternal and newborn health. This might include educating pregnant women about the signs of pre-eclampsia, or a village buying a bicycle ambulance to get a labouring woman to hospital. Our community health group approach can reduce maternal mortality by half and newborn mortality by a third.
  • Supporting women with their family planning, including enabling them to access modern forms of contraception and understanding the benefits of leaving longer gaps between pregnancies.
  • Empowering girls and adolescent women to understand and advocate for their own sexual and reproductive health rights, including giving them confidence to ask their partners to use a condom and signposting to contraceptive health services.

Why we do this:

We do this because it is unacceptable that every two minutes, a woman dies in pregnancy or childbirth.

We do this because over 200 million women in low- and middle-income countries who want to avoid pregnancy, cannot access modern contraceptives.

We do this because we believe it is the communities themselves who have the answers and women should be empowered to lead on finding the solutions.

Find out more about us here.

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