photography: narrative: reproductive rights
A vast, diverse and populous country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), faces many development challenges. With one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world, coupled with high fertility rates, a rapidly growing population and low contraceptive use, reproductive health is arguably one of the country’s most pressing and complex issues.
Aicha Basue Bingendeshe, known as "Mama Aicha," is president of Maman Ansar, Warrior women. Mama Aicha works to raise knowledge and awareness in DRC's Muslim community about the importance of family planning and the options available. It's a tricky task, walking the line of what is culturally acceptable and true to religious mores, with ensuring that women get the reproductive and maternal health care they need.
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