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We can’t achieve gender equality until girls have control over their bodies and their future.

For millions of girls in the developing world those rights still aren’t a reality, but alongside national governments and NGOs, we are working to change that... 1/

I visited Senegal to see the successful work of our Women's Integrated Sexual Health programme - WISH for short.

#UKaid delivers voluntary family planning advice and contraception supplies globally, including across West Africa with our partners @MarieStopes and @ippf. 2/
I visited one of the #UKaid family planning outreach clinics in rural Fatick that is helping women and girls living in remote areas of Senegal access the vital voluntary contraception and basic information we in the UK can easily access. 3/
The women I met had walked for miles to attend the advice session, where the different options of contraception are clearly explained. For many, this is their first introduction to sexual and reproductive health, despite many already being mothers. 4/
A lot of women are choosing a contraceptive implant, because it gives them the choice of years of reversible protection and they don't have to return to the clinic every month.

It's important we give women choice over their contraceptive method, as well as access. 5/
#ukaid, @unfpa and partners worked with manufacturers to halve the price of contraceptive implants for the world's poorest countries - making it more sustainable for governments to deliver these services themselves. Voluntary use of this method tripled in just a few years. 6/
Our WISH programme also works with religious and traditional leaders, men & boys to break the taboo around sexual health and build acceptance within the community.

It's a priority to support those most in need. We're reaching women & girls who live on less than $1.90/day. 7/
So far this year, #UKaid’s WISH programme has helped 20,00 more women and girls access family planning in Senegal.

We'll continue to support their right to decide their own future. 8/
At UNGA @AlokSharma_RDG announced a UK aid package that will give over 20 million more women and girls access to family planning globally per year over the next 5 years👊 9/9
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