Empower To Plan

Women around the world want the power to choose how many children to have – and when. Evidence shows that where women are empowered, there’s a natural fall in birth rate. However, many women – in both high and low-income countries – lack the contraception, knowledge and freedom to take control of their fertility.

To help tackle this issue, we’ve joined forces with selected grassroots NGOs to create Empower to Plan crowdfunding. It’s your chance to get behind effective family planning providers, back their projects and increase their impact.

Help us empower more women to plan – for their own sake, and for the wellbeing of future generations and the planet that sustains us all.

Our partners are carefully selected grassroots NGOs. Each is taking practical action, aligned with our mission and values, and with a proven track record of impact.

“The way forward is the full realisation of reproductive rights, for every individual and couple, no matter where or how they live, or how much they earn. This includes dismantling all the barriers— whether economic, social or institutional — that inhibit free and informed choice.” 

- UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem

Women for Conservation Family Planning

How it works

  1. Find out about the projects that Empower to Plan is currently supporting below
  2. Donate (from as little as £10)
  3. 100% of your money goes towards Empower to Plan projects*
  4. Stay tuned for project updates
  5. Keep checking back here for new projects and the success stories you’ve helped make possible

Introducing Empower to Plan

Check out our new video, showcasing some of our past and present Empower to Plan partners and highlighting the intersections of sexual and reproductive rights and environmental protection.

Choose your crowdfunding project


Na’leb’ak is a grassroots Guatemalan organisation that empowers indigenous adolescent girls to make positive decisions about their lives and their communities.

In 2016, a network of 27 Maya Q’eqchi young women came together with the goal of preventing early pregnancy, forced marriage and all types of violence. They are now working across the Alta Verapaz region to provide peer-led sex education as well as increase girls' skills and confidence through agroecology and weaving workshops. With your support, they can reach 80 more girls as well as develop family vegetable gardens and strengthen food security and good nutrition in the region.

Please support Na’leb’ak in empowering the next generation of community change-makers in rural Guatemala.


Since 2004, Women for Conservation has led family planning and conservation programmes in the tropical rainforests and unique habitats of Colombia, one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth. They envision a world in which women are integral to the prevention of species extinction and partner with both environmental and sexual and reproductive rights organisations to deliver conservation training, healthcare provision and sex education. 

Faced with the challenges of reaching remote rural communities in the Colombian cloud forest, they need your support to offer life-changing family planning access and train local women to become wildlife and conservation experts. Will you join them in empowering women to protect some of our Earth’s most fragile ecosystems?

EPIC You Before Two

Population Matters is facilitating a pilot project between two small grassroots youth engagement organisations, EPIC Assist and You Before Two. Expanding on Empower to Plan's previous partnership with You Before Two, this collaboration will reach 100 young people in underprivileged areas of Scotland with workshops on consent, safe sex and gender equality. Each session will include a conversation around ‘the planned, wanted child’ and how choosing smaller families has wider climate benefits, including lower population pressure on our finite resources.

Empower to Plan enabled You Before Two to deliver sex education and population workshops to 332 young people in the English midlands. By supporting this unique workshop series, you can extend that reach and make a direct contribution to young people in Wester Hailes near Edinburgh and Shettleston in Glasgow's East End, some of the local communities most in need in the UK. 

Support the programme

If you support any of our current projects, Population Matters will use 100% of your donation to support grassroots groups to deliver healthcare and family planning, which also bring economic and environmental benefits. However, if you can't decide which project to support and would like us to give your donation to the project/s most in need, and contribute to the running costs of Empower to Plan at Population Matters, you can donate with a single, monthly or annual contribution here.


Positive impact on the population, people and planet

  • Help meet the unmet need for family planning around the world
  • Our partners deliver entirely voluntary family planning, grounded in human rights
  • Send a clear message to decision-makers that you’re concerned about the impact of unsustainable population growth on communities – and that it’s time to address the population issue.

As well as meeting unmet need for family planning, Empower to Plan projects often benefit people and planet in other ways – helping to tackle cultural barriers to women’s reproductive rights, provide education for girls or protecting fragile ecosystems and wildlife.

Why family planning? 

More than 200 million women lack the contraception, knowledge and support they need to take control of their fertility.

Many women face cultural barriers – such as patriarchal attitudes or traditions of early marriage – preventing them from choosing the number and spacing of their children.

Unplanned and unwanted pregnancies can limit their life choices and keep their families trapped in a cycle of poverty, as they struggle to provide for more children than they can afford.

Meeting women’s unmet need for family planning and empowerment not only gives them the chance to improve their own lives, but naturally brings down birth rates – helping tackle the wider issue of unsustainable population growth.

Population Matters is primarily a campaigning and awareness-raising charity, but alongside this essential work we’re keen to support likeminded organisations that are busy putting our recommendations into action.


Do you know any groups that need support? 

Do you know of any effective grassroots NGOs that may require crowdfunding support through Empower to Plan? If so, we would like to hear from you. Please send an email to Catriona Spaven-Donn, our E2P Project Coordinator, at catriona@populationmatters.org today.


*100% of your donation will be used to help fund empowerment projects, with all administration/running costs being borne by Population Matters. Whilst Population Matters will take into account any preference indicated in the making of your donation as to which project you’d like to support, Population Matters has the discretion to use some or all of your donation for other empowerment projects.


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