Education, Opportunities, Choices, Dreams
Wings for Women is committed to the empowerment of young girls and women by providing personal, social, and economic development combined with safe and responsible sex education and family planning.
Our goal is to educate girls and women about self-worth and the importance of family planning, which includes the provision of birth control methods during our partner medical care clinics.
Many of us know the freedom that self-esteem, education, and family planning can provide. Freedom from an unwanted marriage or child, freedom to attend and finish school, freedom to pursue a career and follow a dream.
Isn't this what we want for our daughters and ourselves?
A world in which every woman and girl is empowered and educated to be self-sufficient so that she can be free to make her own choices.
An estimated 80 million women in developing countries have an unintended pregnancy a year. Of those women, at least one in four resort to unsafe abortion.
Girls at a younger age are less likely to finish school and will be more limited to low paying career options. Research suggests that desire to continue with their education is one of the most significant reasons that women use birth control and terminate pregnancies.
Two hundred twenty-five million women worldwide have an unmet need for modern contraception.
If women had access to their contraceptive method of choice unintended pregnancies would drop by over 70%, newborn deaths would fall by 44%, and 150,000 maternal deaths would be avoided.
Voluntary family planning is one of the most cost-effective investments a country can make for its future. Every dollar spent on family planning can save a government up to 6 dollars, which can provide improved health care, housing, water, sanitation, and other public services.
Most countries with the lowest rates of contraceptive use, highest maternal, infant, and child mortality rates, and highest fertility rates are in Africa.
Approximately 30% of all women use birth control, although over half of all African women would like to use birth control if it were available. The main problems that prevent access to and use of birth control are unavailabilities, inadequate health care services, spousal disapproval, religious concerns, and misinformation about the effects of birth control.