40th Anniversary

Marie Stopes International celebrates its 40th anniversary. We are proud to be part of @MarieStopes - a global partnership that changes women’s lives for the better.

This milestone is an opportunity to reflect on the extraordinary journey Marie Stopes International has been on for the last 40 years. From one single clinic in London, our organisation has grown to become one of the world’s largest providers of high quality, affordable contraception and safe abortion services.

In just four decades, we have touched the lives of more than 120 million women and girls, giving them the power to take control of their futures and have children by choice, not chance. Today, more than 21 million people worldwide are using a method of contraception provided by us.

This success hasn’t happened by itself. It is the result of years of hard work and innovation by generations of MSI team members – including you. Whatever role you play, wherever in the world you work, you are part of an extraordinary organisation that is changing women’s lives for the better.

Right now, women and girls in 37 countries are using our services so that they can have the life that they want, whether that means completing their studies, starting a career, or providing better care for their families.

Thanks to our work, hundreds of thousands of women have been spared death or disability as a result of unsafe abortion. Families have been spared the pain of losing a loved one. Children still have their mothers; husbands their wives.

Day by day, woman by woman, Marie Stopes International is making the world a better place.

We have achieved many things over the last 40 years, but there is still so much to do. Hundreds of millions of women worldwide continue to live in a world without choice, lacking the basic contraceptive methods they need to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. Each year, deprived of access to safe abortion services, millions of women resort to unsafe methods to end a pregnancy, often risking disability and death.

For as long as women need us, Marie Stopes International’s journey is not over. We will continue to work towards a world where every birth is wanted, and towards our mission of children by choice, not chance. 

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