Established in 2003, SafeHands for Mothers is a leading non-governmental organisation. SafeHands for Mothers was founded by the photographer and film-maker Nancy Durrell McKenna who still leads the work of the charity.
Since 2003, SafeHands for Mothers has worked in partnership with leading international NGOs, multilateral agencies and governments to transform the lives of vulnerable people in over 20 countries.
We uphold sexual and reproductive rights. We believe that all women, including young women and women living with HIV, should be able to decide if, when and how many children they have.
We refuse to accept that 303,000 women in developing countries die every year from entirely preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. That's why our films demonstrate the importance of skilled care during childbirth, access to quality modern contraception and information, safe abortion services and post-abortion care.
We stand up for the rights of women and girls. Our films spark debate: encouraging communities to question gender discrimination and harmful traditional practices.
We don't shy away from sensitive issues such as child marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM), menstruation and the consequences of unsafe abortion. We also create awareness of obstetric fistula – a preventable maternal condition that robs marginalised women of their dignity.
At the heart of our work lies the belief that powerful visual storytelling makes education more meaningful, changes mindsets and inspires action.