You can help break the barriers to free choice in Burkina Faso
If you are a girl in Burkina Faso, your childhood does not last long. Early pregnancy and early marriage are common amongst the girls of Burkina Faso. In Burkina Faso, if you are a woman or a girl, you are prevented from making crucial decisions that belong to you, for example about whether or when to get married, whom to marry, and whether or when to get pregnant.
“These barriers to choice are fuelled by social attitudes that value men and boys over women and girls. This discrimination results in abuses of the basic human rights of women and girls, including their right to life, to education and to quality health care, particularly sexual and reproductive health care.”
Amnesty International’s efforts
Amnesty International is heralding the “My Body, My Rights” campaign in Burkina Faso.
“For the girls whose families force them to get married, for the woman who needs her husband’s or in-laws’ permission to use contraception; for the girl who becomes pregnant after being raped and has no choice but to carry that pregnancy to term; we take the My Body My Rights campaign to Burkina Faso. Together with the many women and girls there who continue to demand their rights, we call on the government to break the barriers to free choice in Burkina Faso.”
With our help, they are working towards breaking the barriers to contraception for women and girls by making contraception free for all women and girls in Burkina Faso, improving the accessibility of sexual health information and services for women and girls, and guaranteeing their right to decide if and when to have children and if so, how many.
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How you can help
Add your voice to the cause and sign the petition today. Together, we can call on the President of Burkina Faso to make the choice to give women and girls a choice: