Family Planning Voices

Mother embraces child, Kampala

A mother embraces her child at the Marie Stopes Kavule Clinic in Kampala, Uganda. Photo credit: David Alexander, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs/FP Voices 2016.

 

Background

Family planning saves lives and helps ensure educational and economic opportunity for women, girls, families, and communities. The family planning and reproductive health community is often focused on data and metrics—using the numbers to elevate family planning as a high-impact development intervention with strong returns on investment. Data is essential for successful programming, but stories can help bring the data to life, share knowledge and experience, create community, and compel action.

Family Planning Voices

K4Health and Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) created Family Planning Voices to document and share personal stories from people around the world who are passionate about family planning. This growing collection features portraits of storytellers alongside their own words, connecting voices and faces across the globe, from small rural villages to megacities.

Since its launch on World Contraception Day in 2015, Family Planning Voices has:

  • Interviewed and photographed people from more than 60 countries, publishing more than 600 stories.
  • Led storytelling workshops in the United States, Indonesia, Uganda, South Africa, the Philippines, Madagascar and Ethiopia to help family planning projects, organizations, and networks tell their own stories.
  • Developed a do-it-yourself Family Planning Voices Storytelling Toolkit to share key tips and tricks on interviewing and photographing storytellers.
  • Assessed the impact of Family Planning Voices on family planning knowledge, attitudes, and behavior of its storytellers and readers.
  • Partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health to bring an interactive Family Planning Voices photo installation to the 2016 International Conference on Family Planning, the 2016 Women Deliver Conference, the 2016 120 Under 40 reception, and a 2017 World Contraception Day celebration at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, allowing thousands more people to tell their stories.