[ View the story "Pakistan's contraception controversy" on Storify] Pakistan's contraception controversy
The Stream· Wed, Sep 04 2013 10:20:54
A condom commercial has prompted a debate about family planning and the use of contraception in one of Asia's
Josh Condoms from DKT Pakistan - MathiraDKTHQ
The commercial has garnered criticism on Twitter:
OHMYGOD can they please for heaven's sake ban the freaking #Joshcondoms ad?! Its bloody embarrassing when you're sitting with family. ._.Naveen Qazi
@ZahraPeer Why are they even making condom ads? Mathira has fallen even further in my eyes!Arslan Athar
Just saw Mathira's Josh condoms add. I think I threw up in my mouth #PakistanZahra Peer
Some recognise the importance of discussing the issue of contraceptives, but
how the Josh commercial addressed the problem:
@shafaqrani Zahra & I both feel contraception should be discussed openly. We just didn't think the ad was the best way to do. @ZahraPeerZainab Imam
@AJStream I think it has more to do with objectifying woman than poking traditional sentiments. Thus the outrage resonates. #AJStreamChahana Sigdel
In Pakistan, family planning education is often
by how some interpret religion.
The religious fundamentalists in Pakistan will continue to oppose family planning programs #illiterateImad khan
Similar family planning efforts in other Muslim countries like
have managed to gain support from religious scholars.
that Pakistan should follow the lead of Bangladesh in family planning.
We asked our online community if they believe family planning is un-Islamic, as some clerics have said:
@ajstream it's really upto the couple to decide. Do not take a clerics word for it.Rojin Ammar
@AJStream From the sermons I've heard, Birth control is allowed as long as doesn't happen after conception. But the choice shud b th woman'skhaleel
@AJStream Also, marriage in Islam isn't the "recreation" road preached by clerics. It is a path to human fulfillment and emotional stabilitySaadullah Khan
Socio-economic factors in Pakistan have a strong correlation with fertility rates. Less than
one per cent
of Pakistan's GDP is spent on healthcare. According to the
, 60 per cent of Pakistanis live on less than two dollars a day.
Health workers are
about the repercussions that the condom commercial could cause in conservative Pakistani society:
#Pakistan's health workers worry the provocative #condom ad will hurt their contraception programs.
A study by the
shows that educated young women are more likely to get married later and have fewer children.