Marie Stopes International in the news
New male contraceptive injection may provide alternative method to condoms or vasectomy
In May, international coverage reported that researchers in China have completed a study of a male contraceptive injection, which is shown to be highly effective, reversible, and without short-term side effects. MSI commented that a new male-focused contraceptive has the potential to revolutionise the contraceptive market, and were interviewed by Channel 5 News, UK national newspapers The Independent and The Daily Express, and were featured on the front page of London newspaper The Metro. MSI also assisted male-focussed magazine Loaded with their debate-style article on this topic, by providing information for a contraception facts-box. Clearing the way for compulsory sex and relationships education
MSI have this year been calling for greater parental involvement in sex education and a more focussed effort within the UK’s educational system to equip young people with the knowledge, information and services they need to protect their sexual health. We were therefore delighted when on April 27th Sir Alasdair Macdonald announced that sex and relationships education (SRE) is expected to become a compulsory part of the English national curriculum by 2011. MSI welcomed the Government’s plans, and in conversations with print and broadcast media (including a video broadcast for Catch 21 - the UK’s first internet television channel based at Westminster, run by young people, for young people), MSI spokespeople fully supported the move to make SRE statutory. To view the Catch 21 video, please visit http://catch21.co.uk/video
. Marie Stopes International Joins The Guardian in Launching the Second Annual International Development Journalism Competition
The MSI sponsored International Development Journalism Competition was recently launched by The Guardian (UK) in print and online. The competition encourages journalists and amateur writers to write about some of the most important issues facing the developing world today. For further information please visit http://www.guardian.co.uk/journalismcompetition
. Marie Stopes International welcomes the first ever emergency contraception TV advert
In April and May MSI were widely quoted within UK and international media providing comment on the first ever UK TV advert for the emergency contraceptive pill. The advert received widespread debate, with some suggesting that it will encourage couples to have unprotected sex. MSI however fully support the advert, which provides women with clarity on the treatment available to them should their regular contraception fail.