WATCH: The risks Filipino women face
MANILA, Philippines - Farmidah Ali is only 37 but is already a mother of 9 and a grandmother of one. According to the Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur native, she was worried for her 17-year-old daughter who was then about to give birth.
“Giving birth is tough. Raising kids, even tougher. I hope she doesn’t end up having so many kids like me. It’s very difficult,” Ali told Oxfam in 2016.
Farmidah's story resonates in many parts of Mindanao, where mothers take care of as many as 15 children. To make matters worse, many young teenagers are forced to quit school because of early marriage.
Early marriage, coupled with the lack of education, leaves poor Filipina women more vulnerable to risks associated with childbirth and sexual activity.
Oxfam, together with its partners, are helping women like Farmidah by making reproductive health services and information more accessible, enabling communities to reduce the health-related risks.
This social video, created by MovePH in partnership with Oxfam, features reproductive health services and information (RHSI) for marginalized communities in remote regions. - Rappler.com
The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law (RPRH) Law will help address the needs of many women like Farmidah and their families. But the Supreme Court has temporarily stopped the provision of family planning services. If you want the law to be fully implemented, tell the Supreme Court justices by signing this petition.