Make Women Matter is a campaign around five inspirational and thought-provoking advocacy films offering a unique insight into the life and death challenges and choices that girls and women in poorer countries are facing every day. The films highlight the importance of Millennium Development Goal 5 (MDG5). This goal, which was set in 2000 by the United Nations, aims to improve maternal health, reducing by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio and achieving universal access to reproductive health, by 2015. The Make Women Matter films illustrate how with simple interventions and sustained political will, the situation could be dramatically improved.
So, I have chosen to feature some of the films on my blog. Below is the story of Tshedisego. Tshedisego was still at school when she got pregnant. She didn’t want to go through with her pregnancy as this would mean dropping out of school and stigmatisation by friends and family. Through fear of being found out, she didn’t visit a proper clinic but instead paid a back-street abortionist and put her life in danger. This is her story.