The battle for birth control: Afghanistan’s new fight

Batul Mahadiyar, head of the NGO Marie Stopes International, advises women about family planning and contraception at a religious school in Mazar-i-SharifMazar-i-Sharif (Afghanistan) (AFP) – "Four children is enough," says the young Afghan woman as she examines a box of contraceptive pills. Dressed in a burqa and with her husband's permission, she has ventured out to learn more about birth control through an initiative between NGO Marie Stopes International (MSI) and a group of influential Islamic scholars. The charity's minibus has parked up in a poor neighbourhood of Mazar-i-Sharif city, in front of a madrassa (religious school), and offers free advice on family planning.

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