Another Marie Stopes Lady in Burkina Faso, Julienne, explains:
“The women I serve are not the kind who worry about what kind of moisturizer to use to get a nice glow. They are submissive women who don’t have the last word in their households.”
Living and working alongside the women in their community, Julienne and Arlette see the suffering that the lack of information and access to family planning cause. They are determined to do what they can to make women’s lives better.
“The story that really stays with me is a 13-year-old girl called Doris,” says Julienne. “Her mum was one of my clients and accompanied her to receive a family planning method. Despite being illiterate, she understood the importance of family planning for her daughter. Her one wish was that her daughter’s life would be better than hers.”
As for the year ahead, Arlette says her aim is "to reach as many women as I can who don’t have access to family planning.”
Today and every day, we’re grateful for the extraordinary courage and determination of Marie Stopes Ladies who travel the extra mile – often literally – to reach the women and girls who need us most.