In Burkina Faso, female genital mutilation, forced and early marriage and domestic violence are widespread. Decisions about pregnancy and marriage are often taken by male family members. As a result, only 17% of women in Burkina Faso use contraception and more than 2,000 women die in childbirth every year.
Bibata Ouédraogo is an activist committed to the promotion and protection of women’s rights, including sexual rights and reproductive rights and the right to maternal health in Burkina Faso. This is her story.