The 21st of March marks a pivotal moment in South Africa’s history. Human Rights Day is linked to the atrocities that occurred in Sharpville on March 21, 1960. At this time in South Africa, Apartheid was in full force under the National Party regime. It was a system of institutionalised racial segregation that existed in the country from 1948 until 1994.
Cape Town. ‘My Body, My Choice.’ The Blue Ribbon campaign supports women’s rights to safe and legal abortions.
Furthermore, we aim to empower women with access to accurate information and resources about safe abortions so that they are able to make an informed choice about their sexual and reproductive health.
You may have heard about ‘female Viagra’; Flibanserin (sold under the trade name, Addyi) is an FDA-approved ‘Viagra-like’ drug prescribed for the treatment of female sexual interest/arousal disorder (FSIAD) in premenopausal women. If you think you may be suffering from this arousal disorder, you can visit one of Marie Stopes South Africa’s women’s wellness clinics where tests can be run to see if there may be an underlying cause.
Many people masturbate and there’s no need to be ashamed. In fact, masturbation (the act of touching yourself for sexual pleasure) has health benefits and it’s 100% safe – there’s no chance of catching an STI or falling pregnant.
The life-threatening risks of abusing any type of drugs e.g. heroin, painkillers such as oxycodone, cocaine, methamphetamines (crystal meth, ecstasy) and marijuana are well documented. However, if you abuse these drugs while pregnant, you’re risking your baby’s health too.
World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December 2018 – a day when people from around the world unite in order to support, fight, educate and spread awareness about HIV/AIDS.
This year, the theme is ‘Know my Status’, aimed at encouraging everyone to get tested for HIV/AIDS and depending on the outcome, have the knowledge to take the appropriate action. It’s vital to understand that with the right treatment, anyone with HIV can live a long and happy life.
Every woman’s fertility timeline is different, but the short answer, according to experts, is that the ability for a woman to become pregnant decreases quite dramatically after the age of 35 – but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to have a baby.
It’s time to for our voices to shout from the rooftops: ‘No more violence against women and children!’ The 16 Days of Activism campaign endeavours to spread awareness, discuss the causes and find solutions to curb this epidemic. Show your support by wearing a white ribbon and using the hashtag, #CountMeIn on social media platforms.
This Women’s Month we launch the I Am campaign: Promoting and celebrating Female Empowerment by proudly claiming the fundamental human rights of all South African Women.
Powerful, self-affirming statements like “I am In Control” and “I am Free” drive the key Marie Stopes ethos of Empowering Women to take control of their futures by providing knowledge and services for women’s sexual and reproductive health.
Let’s be honest, many of us can’t even conceive of a world without smartphones and the reason for this- social media!… Read More
We absolutely love how Shuga wastes no time- episode 1 and the show is already addressing the gender stereotypes in society. We are introduced to Reggie, a gifted graffiti artist, who seems to have a strained relationship with his father. Reggie raises the issue of the gender roles that society imposes on us. … Read More
“MTV Shuga” is a long-running drama series and multimedia campaign that follows the lives of young people on the African continent. … Read More
You might be thinking that there’s so much information out there about HIV and AIDS, that surely everyone must know the facts by now.… Read More
The 20th of November marks Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), observed annually to honour the memory of those lost to violence against transgender people.… Read More
As today is International Nurse’s Day, we thought we would take the time to show some appreciation to these superheroes. Marie Stopes’ centres are set around a model where our nurses are the heart of the healthcare that we provide. … Read More
In South Africa, we cannot talk about abortion providers without talking about Dr. Eddie Mhlanga, a man who has inspired and mentored many of South Africa’s abortion providers.… Read More
Today, we continue with the build up to Abortion Provider Appreciation day (10 March) and take into account that it is International Women’s Day so we see it fit that we celebrate a phenomenal woman, Professor Elna McIntosh. … Read More
As we approach Abortion Provider Appreciation day on the 10th Of March, we would like to celebrate some of the medical heroes who are working to provide safe abortion care for South African women.… Read More
When last did you meet someone who isn’t on social media? These days, practically everyone is using social networks, be it Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram or many others. It’s great for connecting with friends and loved ones, and for sharing all those loved-up pics of you and your mate. But what happens when you go through a breakup, and it’s time to detangle your life from your ex’s – both IRL (in real life) and online?… Read More