Engendering Birth Control.

In many communities, birth control has been regarded as a woman’s thing. Some women even propose to their husbands but yet they refuse for reasons I can’t say. I even hear people make statements like “she knew she can’t take care of the kids and why did she keep opening her legs”.

But my brother and sisters, I want you to know politics doesn’t exist only in polls but it exist in sex too. Actually I get so worried when we give birth to just too many children than we can take care of.

In most rural communities, my observation has it that, the burden of household poverty lays on the shoulders of women and yet, more women are more likely to be poor than men. They need to search for food to feed the family by hook or by crook. Sad enough, you find the fathers of these kids at times involved in gambling activities such as draft, pari foot, and the list is long. Some of these men spend their lifetime in beer parlors. They drink to stupor before gaining consciousness of ever returning home.

What weights me down is that the same kids of this same drunkard are in the neighbourhood running around with rags on them as clothes with shattered panties, searching for what to feed themselves with, while exposing themselves to communicable and non communicable diseases. While they do this, their father is in beer parlours sharing turns. This is so typical of rural lifestyle in Cameroon. The health of children are neglected, education and development, while the health of women is put at risk. At times, this these sort of men get more than 2 women pregnant, with almost no desire or aspiration to nurture these children

Men and birth control

My partial solution to this is to educate men more on birth control methods through sensitizations and seminars. A woman may only get pregnant for 9 months but a man will get 9 or more women pregnant in 9 months.

41 Replies to “Engendering Birth Control.”

  1. Aww Ma it’s a great article. Involving men in birth control is d best thing to do cos they always behave like they do not know the consequences of unprotected sex and tend to blame the women for getting pregnant like the impregnated themselves. Involving them in this will help curb the problems of malnutrition, child labour n abuse, unwanted pregnancies n thereby more education on the few they both are prepared 2 have. You are blessed Ma

  2. Great article my dear Maritas. I have often said that perpetrators (men) of GBVs ought be more sensitized and educated on ending GBVs than the victims (women )of GBVs. There is no way we can end GBVs when the real audiens are excluded from the show. Keep up girl.

  3. Nice one Marita.. But many people should be involved in the race.. The voice of only one isn’t enough..Together Let’s prevent unwanted pregnancies, STIs, abortions and psychological disturbances. Count on me for battle.

  4. interesting, Amazing,…. Article.

    all this has always being “” A woman’s thing “”, but I am very convinced that, with the efforts of men, even more than a woman would do will strongly avoid and why not eradicate all associated social ills.


  5. Birth control for poor married men is good but evidence from my observation show that birth control is not the only unit of measurement for birth rate , but that young unmarried women are voluntarily mating men to have children since giving birth give them prestige

    1. My point is including both men and women when training on the advantages of birth control. A greater portion of women rarely compel men to have sex with them. But more men are more likely to reject birth control methods.

  6. To me, birth control has never been a woman’s issue only but rather a collective issue. Men, women, boys and ggirls need to be sensitized. This is so because It’s repacausions have a ripple effect on the society at largre. Afterall, the society starts from the family.

  7. woaww great article there!
    Atleast, through this, men are been informed to work hand in hand with their wives so as to ensure what the subject of the article says. Because from all indication, the men are the real victims but are often left out during such sensitisations. Bravo! and keep up.

  8. Thank you my daughter, Marita, for your article. B.C is a prerequisite for societal dev’t and need to be talk about. It helps to reduce the no. of street chn . It will be good if families have chn according to their means. Having chn shouldn’t be competition(cparison) with others as noticed in many villages. Some customs encourage polygamy which leads many chn. The wives that come later will want to have chn as their earlier mate(s). So, polygamy should be discouraged. In monogamous families, there’s a high percentage of understanding and discipline between husband and wife. Such families can even carryout B. C w/o the use of any contraceptive.

    divisional delegate for women’s Empowerment in Lebialem (Mr Forcha Aloys)

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