SafeHands was founded in 2003 by award-winning photographer and film-maker Nancy Durrell McKenna, under the name SafeHands for Mothers. Her mission was to harness the power of photography and film to ensure every pregnancy and childbirth was safe.

But to do that means addressing broader issues like contraception, bodily autonomy, and social power. Women and girls must have access to sexual and reproductive health and rights information and services to make full, free, and informed choices over their bodies and lives without fear or discrimination.

Our work started with maternal health but now extends beyond that and so must our name. That is why are now simply “SafeHands.”


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We believe that women and girls have the right to control their bodies without fear, discrimination, or violence.


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