Our Commitment to the World Contraception Day


To achieve a world in which every pregnancy is wanted, the barriers that prevent young people from using sexual health services must be dissolved. This is why Bayer supports variouse contraception education programs and supports the World Contraception Day since its inception.

Bayer sponsors the global „Your Life” campaign that pursues the vision of a world where every pregnancy is wanted

The World Contraception Day Ambassadors

There are 3.5 billion people under the age of 30 in the world today – the largest generation of young people ever. They must have access to sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning, and the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthy, informed decisions about their lives.

Yet, young people face especially serious barriers to accessing life-saving contraceptives and family planning services, including insufficient knowledge about modern methods and healthcare providers who discourage use of contraception among unmarried people. In support of World Contraception Day, Bayer and Women Deliver work in partnership on a three-year World Contraception Day Ambassadors Project.

World Contraception Day takes place on

Sept. 26

every year.

No one knows the needs of young people better than young people themseles. They are strong change makers.

Katja Iversen, CEO of Women Deliver

“No one knows the needs of young people better than young people themselves. The 10 new World Contraception Day Ambassadors will use the power of technology, advocacy and youth engagement to transform the landscape of contraception in their communities. They are strong change makers.”, says Katja Iversen, CEO of Women Deliver. This partnership is designed to promote the shared goals of both organizations and utilizes the successful work of Women Deliver’s Young Leaders Program.

Spreading Stories via Digital Media 

The appointed WCD Ambassadors focus on storytelling about contraception, family planning, and reproductive health for young people and adolescents. Women Deliver and Bayer equip the young people with the skills they need to collect and share digital stories about young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

45 million house­holds

are reached by MTV Latin America across South America

The ten 2016 ambassadors are (from left to right): Adebisi Adenipekun from Nigeria, Melissa Fairey from Canada, Trang Le from Vietnam, Kizanne James from Trinidad and Tobago, Franklin Gnanamuthu from India, Kinga Wisniewska from Poland, Nana Abuelsoud from Egypt, Ali Kaviri from Uganda, Makananelo Ramoholi from Lesotho, and Talimba Bandawe from Malawi.

120 Under 40: The Next Generation of Family Planning Leaders

Over the next five years (2016-2021), 120 Under 40 will recognize and galvanize the accomplished, inspiring young people who are making a difference in family planning and reproductive health. 120 Under 40 recognizes and highlights the achievements of the next generation of family planning leaders worldwide. It is a project of the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is sponsored by Bayer.

Nominees must be 40 years or younger, and must have made significant contributions to family planning at the local or national level in one or more of the following categories: advocacy, programming/program implementation, research, service delivery, demand generation, policy/government or media. To demonstrate the depth and breadth of the family planning community’s cadre of young people, all nominees will be posted on 120under40.org.

These are 4 of the 40 Winners of 2016:

  • Ash Rogers, Executive Director at the Lwala Community Alliance
    Tlaleng Mofokeng, Medical Doctor, Deputy Chairperson at the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition of South Africa.
  • Simon Manga, Reproductive Health Specialist & Family Planning Supervisor at the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services
  • Julia Kohn, National Director of Research at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America
    Isaac Ejakhegbe SRHR program officer, FP advocate/peer educator at the Women's Health and Action Research Centre
  • Ash Rogers, Executive Director at the Lwala Community Alliance
    Tlaleng Mofokeng, Medical Doctor, Deputy Chairperson at the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition of South Africa.

MTV Teen Mom

About 16 million teenage girls (15-19 yrs) give birth each year, accounting for approximately 11% of worldwide births. Adolescent pregnancy is often the result of limited access to school education, information, healthcare and access to contraception vs. a conscious decision. Since 2009, the WCD Partner Coalition and MTV Latin America collaborate to address this issue by focusing on the education, protection and fulfilment of young peoples’ reproductive rights. To help 12-25 year old millennials feel more confident in their sexuality, we’ve created content depicting accurate, credible sex information that encourages them to speak up and share their positive sexual attitudes and behaviors.

The stories are shared with the Hashtag


Under the umbrella of World Contraception Day, our Latin American partnership has created a series of vignettes which encourages millennials to participate in a sexual health quiz to test their overall knowledge. In support of the WCD Partners, Bayer also sponsors the global TV franchise, Teen Mom. This reality TV show follows the lives of teen moms from the end of their pregnancy until the early days of motherhood. Each episode highlights the bumpy terrain of adolescence, growing pains, rebellion, and coming of age.