Edith Mborate – Increasing Access to Reproductive Health and Contraceptives
Mborate Edith, founder and leader of the Mborate Women Empowerment Network, is working on the project “Increasing Access to Reproductive Health and Contraceptive Services Among Girls and Young Women in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana.” The initiative seeks to advocate for access to reproductive health and contraceptive services accompanied by accurate information and affordable, quality, and friendly services for adolescents and young women to have full control over their bodies and their fertility. Adolescent girls in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana face a lot of problems as they transcend to adulthood, most of these are related to their sexual and reproductive health (SRH). Adolescent girls are recognized as one of the under-served categories and their SRH related issues exist without concrete action plans in many developing countries, such as Ghana.
There is an absence of reliable data, which highlights how young people’s knowledge regarding SRH is limited. Inadequate information, lack of privacy, and general unfriendly environments for youth are some of the barriers they face in accessing reproductive health services in the Brong Ahafo region. This project seeks to create public awareness on the dangers of abortion stigma and unsafe abortions. They want to improve access to SRH services by increasing awareness and trust in youth-friendly services.
The goal of the project is to increase access to comprehensive sexuality education and information, as well as SRH services to 200 adolescents, empowering them to make informed decisions regarding their SRH.