Mother-of-seven Mankya and her only daughter Parvati live in a village near Lake Pokhara in Nepal. Because Mankya’s husband’s income doesn’t always stretch to providing enough for all the family to eat, she and Parvati often go hungry. Parvati wants a different future. ‘Boys are loved more and girls less,’ she explains. ‘I would not make a difference. I would give them a good education, good health and nutritious food…’ Focusing on reproductive health as the key factor in both the empowerment of women and sustainable development, Chris Walker also films in a family planning clinic in Accra, Ghana, where educated women prove more likely to look after their own health and family planning needs, and in Bolivia where a group of teenagers attends a family planning instructors’ programme.
Films in this series