Modern hormonal and prescription contraception is primarily focused on giving cisgender women, or people who identify as women who were also assigned female at birth, the means to protect themselves against an unintended pregnancy. While pills, patches, and IUDs are useful tools to help cis women control their fertility, they may fall short at protecting some cis men, trans, nonbinary, and intersex people. In recent years, there has been an increased awareness of sexual and reproductive health disparities adversely affecting LGBTQ populations.
Male Contraceptive Initiative takes our mission seriously and we are constantly looking for ways to reach our organization goals and contribute to expansive contraception access. After an extensive internal review of our values, organizational activities, and aspirations, as well as the way we communicate our work to outside audiences, MCI arrived at “Reproductive Autonomy for All” as our central vision statement. We believe that this articulation of our vision complements and enhances our mission to “empower men, and couples, to fully contribute to family planning goals by providing them the resources they need for reproductive autonomy”. Through these simple statements we are able to clearly convey that our work is more than just drug or product development, but rather a mission to empower everyone with the freedom to choose for themselves how to manage their own fertility and family planning goals.
Achieving the sustainable development agenda will require partnerships between governments, the private sector, and civil society; collaborations across sectors and countries will be the only way we can create a more sustainable future for everyone and everything on this planet.
Findings from a review conducted by Population Reference Bureau indicated that, “reduced fertility translates into more stable population growth rates, eased pressures on the job market, fewer unemployed youth, and as a consequence, an environment more conducive to cultivating strong democracies. Shifts in age structure from a youthful population to a more mature one helps lay the foundation for social and political stability—a cornerstone of robust national institutions”.
Humanity is impacting environmental degradation on a global scale. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s sixth assessment report indicates that “It is indisputable that human activities are causing climate change, making extreme climate events, including heat waves, heavy rainfall, and droughts, more frequent and severe. Given that the global population is increasing at an exponential rate, demand and use of natural resources will also continue to increase.
As the global human population continues to grow, the already untenable strain on global fisheries continues, while pollution and climate change further impact the viability of our ocean resources.
Climate change is real, and its impacts are already being felt by every human on the planet. One way we can take action today is to provide new methods for men and women to choose if and when to have children.
Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns is necessary to ensure the viability of the environment for future generations and the longevity of humanity itself.
Estimates indicate that the world is confronting the largest wave of urbanization in human history, with an anticipated 5 billion people expected to live in city settings by 2030. This shift to urban settings will add significant additional pressure on critical infrastructures, such as health systems, water, sanitation, and education, that are already struggling to meet the needs of the current urban population.
Inequality exists in various forms including economic, gender, disability, race, and social inequality. With respect to family planning, inequality is deeply felt with respect to availability of contraceptives in developed versus developing countries, as well as across genders with only limited options available to sperm-producing people.