Universal Access Project’s Voices from Haiti: Tales of Reproductive Health shares first person stories told by women in Haiti. Paired with beautiful photographs of women who live predominately in villages outside of Port-Au-Prince, the stories add another dimension to our understanding of the need for family planning. Although they have endured a lot and their stories are heart-wrenching, they also have ambitions that range from continuing their education, to sending their children to medical school, to just putting enough food on the table each day. However, they speak frankly about how lack of access to contraceptives prevented them from achieving many of their goals—caring and providing for multiple children became their primary obligation.
The fact that 225 million women want to delay or avoid pregnancy but don’t have access to effective contraceptives tells us that there is a huge unmet need for family planning services. Universal Access Project’s storytelling initiative is powerful because it helps us understand some of the unique ways that family planning services would make women’s lives easier and give them the power to think about their own futures as well as their children’s.
Voices from Haiti shows how storytelling can connect the dots for a wide audience—informing them about the gravity of an issue but also how much of an impact our efforts could have on individual lives.
If you can’t already tell, we are excited about this initiative and we hope Universal Access Project’s beautiful website gets the attention it deserves!
Since this posting another inspiring digital story-telling project, “Six Women, Six Stories, One Dream” was created, please check it out here.