A couple of weeks a go Natural Cycles’ launched the campaign #LifeChangingOptions in support of every woman’s right to her own body. Did you take part by retweeting or sharing our message? If not, you still can help as this is the final week where for every share of #LifeChangingOptions, we will donate funds to Kvinna till Kvinna to drive access and ‘choice’ to women in the developing world.
If you participate you can also be in the chance of winning one of our event goody bags! Simply post one of our campaign’s social media posts with #LifeChangingOptions and your choice.
During the initiative, we partnered with global advocacy organisation Women Deliver that brings together voices from around the world to improve the health and well-being of girls and women – a mission similar to our own!
Women Deliver recently announced their WCD Ambassadors Project, that aims to equip young people with the skills they need to tell stories about the state of sexual and reproductive health in their home countries.
One of WCD’s Ambassadors, Gvantsa Khizanishvil, is from Georgia, a country that is generally quite underrepresented when we talk about these issues. She is in the process of creating an interactive digital map where the audience can zoom in and read individual stories about reproductive health and contraception. Gvantsa hopes her innovative approach will reach policymakers and show them how we can create a better quality of life for young adults living in Georgia. Check out her project here!
To complete the week, Natural Cycles‘ had an event to celebrate WCD and communicate the importance behind the #LifeChangingOptions campaign – reducing unmet need by supporting women with a met need.
At the event, we discussed what information is missing. A survey sponsored by Natural Cycles’ revealed that birth control choices in the western world tend to be based on a poor understanding of how our bodies and contraception works.
For instance, in Sweden, the home of Natural Cycles, we found that even though people know ‘more about sex’ than Americans and Brits, there is still a lot of room for improvement (see some of the results below)!
We should learn to appreciate our bodies, how it works and the options available to us. A woman should use her reproductive rights by finding a method that meets her needs entirely. Birth control is a privilege that western women frequently take for granted – while millions of women in the developing world don’t have that option.
In order to fulfil this goal, we think education should be better from an earlier age. By doing this we can expand choice to help young women make decisions in line with their needs instead of following social norms.
The survey found that 16-24 yr olds, which is the age we start using contraception and pill usage is most prevalent, have:
- The least knowledge about their bodies and contraception overall with only 50% questions answered correctly
- The least knowledge for how the pill works – 53% did not know how the pill works
So help us spread the word by helping women all around the world better understand their #LifeChangingOptions.
If you think Natural Cycles’ is the method for you, we are offering $10 (100 SEK) off the app’s 1 year subscription with code LIFE2NC (offer ends 30th September, 2015).