They said it

Let us make pregnancy an occasion when we appreciate our female bodies.

Merete Leonhardt-Lupa

"Contraceptives should be used on every conceivable occasion."

Spike Milligan, The Last Goon Show of All English film actor, comedian and singer.

"The best contraceptive is the word no — repeated frequently"

Margaret Smith Emmy Award winning standup comic, actress, writer and producer.

"When the poor know that their children will survive, when they educate their daughters, when they access family planning, they have fewer children."

Nicholas Kristof Journalist and Author

"It's long been accepted as fact that the availability of family planning services saves lives. Where women have access to these services, children and families are healthier, and society at large benefits."

Martha Plimpton Singer and Actress

"A girl child who is even a little bit educated is more conscious of family planning, health care and, in turn, her children's own education."

Azim Premji Indian business tycoon, investor, and philanthropist

"We cannot turn the clock back nor can we undo the harm caused, but we have the power to determine the future and to ensure that what happened never happens again."

Paul Kagame President of Rwanda

We face neither East nor West: we face forward

Kwame Nkrumah Former President of Ghana

“Each generation must discover its mission, fulfil it or betray it, in relative opacity.”

Frantz Fanon

“It's hard sometimes to remember why we do anything in the first place. It's nice to think there's a purpose, or even a real decision that turns everything in one direction, but that's not always true, is it? We just fall into our lives.”

Dinaw Mengestu, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears Novelist and Writer

“I can only say that friendship should rise above man-made laws, which tend to be capricious by their very nature.”

Tendai Huchu, The Hairdresser of Harare Author

“Real misfortune is not just a matter of being hungry and thirsty; it is a matter of knowing that there are people who want you to be hungry and thirsty”

Ousmane Sembène, God's Bits of Wood Senegalese film director, producer and writer

Without forgiveness, there's no future.

Desmond Tutu Bishop

“Pain and suffering, they are a secret. Kindness and love, they are a secret. But I have learned that kindness and love can pay for pain and suffering. ”

Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country Author

“The ends you serve that are selfish will take you no further than yourself but the ends you serve that are for all, in common, will take you into eternity.”

Marcus Garvey Politician

“Love is the only energy I’ve ever used as a writer. I’ve never written out of anger, although anger has informed love.”

Athol Fugard South African playwright, novelist, actor, and director

“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”

Albert Camus French philosopher, author, and journalist.

“Become familiar with your home, but know also about your neighbors. The young man who never went anywhere thinks his mother is the greatest cook.”

Chinua Achebe Novelist

“The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn’t have the weight of gender expectations.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists Nigerian Novelist

"Don't be dependent on this world, but let this world depend on you"

Humphrey Nabimanya Founder and Team Leader, Reach A Hand

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