2013 Archives

Healthy Ghana, Ipas Ghana, Population Council and Ghana Health Service

Event #1: Publication in the National Daily Graphic Date:  28th of September, 2013 Type of the event: Creating Awareness by using Print Media Description: This event will feature the publication of an article in a national newspaper which will highlight the dangers of unsafe abortion, the role of civil society, faith-based organizations, medical bodies in […]

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Sustainable Aid through Voluntary Establishment-Ghana (SAVE-GHANA)

Event Name:   End Abortion Stigma Now, Respect the Dignity of a Woman Date(s):   28th September, 2013. Type of Event:  Awareness raising activity: Radio Discussion and Phone-in Session Description:  As part of the September 28 events marking a day of action for women’s right to safe abortion which is in line with SAVE-Ghana’s strategy […]

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Come to Save a Life” campaign for Pfizer

Women on Waves designed a new global campaign for the pharmaceutical company Pfizer. Finally men can take the leading role to improve women’s health and protect their lives. From now on all men can turn their sexual pleasure into a life saving experience!  Erection enhancing drugs generated $2.05 billion in worldwide sales for Pfizer in […]

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My Body is Mine campaign: international petition

  Why this is important To : Ban Ki-moon , Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, On the occasion of September 28, 2013, World Day of action for safe and legal abortion , we urge you to call to UN members States to call for safe and accessible abortion right during the […]

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Organizaciones feministas visitan embajadas para solicitar despenalización del aborto

SANTO DOMINGO, R.D.-En el marco de la Campaña 28 de Septiembre por la Despenalización del Aborto en América Latina y el Caribe y de la campaña 28 de Septiembre, Día de Acción Global por el Acceso al Aborto Legal y Seguro, representantes de diferentes organizaciones feministas visitaron las embajadas de Haití, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador […]

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Advocates Around the World Mobilize for Abortion Access

From  Ms. Magazine On September 28, advocates mobilized in over 50 countries for the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion. A flash mob in Indonesia, a pro-choice picnic in New Zealand, and a silent march in Kenya are examples of the variety of events organized by sexual and reproductive rights […]

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Need to save lives by making abortions safe

From DECCAN HERALD Gopal Dabade, Oct 1, 2013 Not many in India are aware that last week, on September 28, the world celebrated the “Day of action for access to safe abortions.”  It is slowly picking up and becoming international in nature, though its origin is in Latin America where women’s groups have been mobilising […]

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890,000 abortions take place in Pakistan every year

From The International News (Pakistan) The Shirkat Gah Women’s Resource Centre, in commemoration of Global Safe Abortion Day, organised a networking meeting on Friday to address issues of unsafe abortion.   The meeting, held with the support of the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR), was attended by several organisations and individuals with experience in […]

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Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC)

A number of activities taking place in Canada coordinated by Abortion Rights Coalition. Tweetathon, by Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada: https://twitter.com/AbortionRights Facebook postings, by Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada: https://www.facebook.com/AbortionRights Facebook postings, by “Global Abortion Rights News” community page (run by Canadian activist Joyce Arthur): https://www.facebook.com/pages/Global-Abortion-Rights-News/227978447227773?ref=hl Pro-choice rallies on theme of protecting funding for abortion and countering “Defund […]

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Women on Web Thailand, Tamtang group and independent rights activists

Event: Access to Safe Abortion City: Bangkok Background and situation analysis: Abortion in Thailand is linked to social stigma imposed on women who have sex outside marriage. Therefore, young women who have to go through abortion encounter more complicated social challenges than middle-age and working women because they still live with their family. Many young […]

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GROUP TAWHIDA Ben Cheikh

Event: FLASH MOB on right and access to abortion on the 28 September 2013 In Tunisia were Family planning and abortion is legal since 40 years we are currently experiencing further attempts to restrict access to abortion. The recent months have proven that we cannot take what we have for granted. On the occasion of September 28 […]

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PERU: HELP TO PREVENT A TOTAL BAN ON ABORTION

Congress of Peru  is deciding on the fate of women whose lives and health are put at risk for pregnancy by proposing to absolutely criminalise abortion, a move based on religious parameters and dogmas of faith in making laws. It is widely recognized that there are situations where the pregnancy poses a serious risk to […]

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September 28 in Nicaragua

Date: September 27, 2013 The main activities to commemorate September 28 in Nicaragua: Public Mobilisation to emphasise our right to decide, to accuse the State of Nicaragua of violating women’s human rights and  to highlight the institutional violence that prevails in our country. Radio Network for the Right to Decide will broadcast through WAVE program which uses approximately 40 […]

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September 28 in Honduras

There will be plackardswith the words “Illegal Abortion is a State Violence” on September 28 in three major cities and a discussion on the abortion situation in the country on September 27, the information of which will also be distributed through social networks.

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Taller Salud

A video has been created where men talk about the right to access abortion. You can view the video here. On September 25, there will be a forum for discussion on the right to abortion at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. For more information on the Puerto Rico September 28 campaign, check out […]

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September 28 in Colombia

Organisations in Colombia will be maximizing Twitter to spread awareness on abortion and mobile billboards will target two areas with heavy traffic of people. There is also going to be a postcard campaign and a statement, a forum in Congress that would argue in favor of decriminalisation fo abortion and a special program on the […]

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FREEDOM FOR TERESITA

FREEDOM FOR TERESITA- The Campaign September 28 on the occasion of the Call to Action 2013 , is developing an international mobilisation for the release of young Salvadoran Teresa , mother of an 8- year-old who in 2011 had a spontaneous loss of pregnancy. Prosecutors charged her with aggravated homicide . The petition for her release […]

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Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir and DDESER

There will be an international seminar called “The right to decide for women in restrictive environments, prospects and challenges” organised by Catholics for Choice on September 25, from 9:00-19:00 at the premises of the Comisión de Derechos Humanos del Distrito Federal (CDHDF). Another event, organised by DDESER is a caravan for the decriminalisation of abortion in Mexico taking […]

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Mujer y Salud

The Mujer y Salud in Uruguay will be conducting activities to strengthen a coalition of organisations and individuals across the country to disseminate their services, promote their use and control the quality of them, so that people, particularly women, to appropriate the rights won and resist any temptation to dismantle them.

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El Frente Nacional contra la Criminalizacion de las Mujeres y por la Legalizacion del Aborto

The El Frente Nacional contra la Criminalizacion de las Mujeres y por la Legalizacion del Aborto is organising a national day with discussions, roundtables, street demonstrations and various activities against the Nascituro Statute, which is being proposed by religious fundamentalists and political leaders. Católicas pelo Direito de Decidir Brasil will be preparing and organising a series of […]

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La Articulación Feminista por la Libertad de Decidir (AFLD)

 La Articulación Feminista por la Libertad de Decidir (AFLD), the focal point for the campaign, will be focusing its efforts in 3 main areas: Participation in the Seminar on Free, Safe and Legal Abortion. A human rights issue, Tribute to Tegualda Monreal. This international event is organised by the University of Chile through the School […]

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Press release: Advocates mobilise in more than 50 countries to demand for abortion rights

On September 28, women and advocates will be mobilising in more than 50 countries to call for an end to discrimination of women and girls, end stigma around abortion, and to demand governments to uphold, protect and fulfil women’s right to safe and legal abortion. Various activities are being organised by sexual and reproductive rights […]

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Campanya pel Dret a l’Avortament

Organiser:  Campanya pel Dret a l’Avortament City: Catalunya, Barcelona. Messages: #SOSdretalpropicos. JODECIDEIXO, JO DESOBEEIXO. Event: Mobilisation in defence of access to safe, legal and free abortion in front of Delegació de Govern a Barcelona. In Catalan: Dissabte 28 de SetembreConcentracions en defensa de l’avortament lliure i gratuït a les Delegacions de Govern (Lleida, Girona, Tarragona, Ses […]

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FOKUS – Forum for Women and Development

Event: Breakfast meeting for September 28 Global Day of Action Together with Chr. Michelsen Institute FOKUS will organize a breakfast meeting in Oslo to mark the Global Day of Action for access to safe and legal abortion. The screening of the campaign video will be followed by a panel discussion with contributions by Eleonora Zielińska, […]

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Plataforma por la Defensa de los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos NOSOTRAS DECIDIMOS

Event: 28 DE SEPTIEMBRE – Protest march in every province in Spain In the center of Madrid, at 12:00h: Text reading of the bill of sexual and reproductive rights, Spanish law of reproductive rights and other texts. Testimonials collection in a book that we will send to the United Nations Organisation. Recording of a Video called: […]

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Center Women and Modern World – Azerbaijan

Event:  Capacity Building on  selective abortions  among  youth through promotion of safe abortion City: Shamakhi City Date: September 28, 2013 Type of event:  Awareness raising activity : meeting with large group in Shirvan  region  of young people. Description:  We expect that about 50 person take part in  Shirvan  region villages. Activity aims to support behavior change […]

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Swedish Association for Sexuality Education

RFSU is planning for a small campaign on September 28th where we mainly focus on the Swedish Abortion Law and the major importance of protecting the right to abortion as a human right. In Sweden, as well as all over Europe we see a growing anti-choice opposition and we would like to bring out positive arguments for the […]

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Abortion in the criminal law – Call for Action and Research Document by International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion

International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion issued a report “Abortion in the criminal law: exposing the role of health professionals, the police, the courts and imprisonment internationally”. The report exposes  the role that criminal law, police, courts, prisons and health care providers have on both women’s ability to access safe abortion services and health […]

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Alliance for Choice, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Event: September 28 Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion! Description:  The September 28 Day Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion is a global campaign wherein individuals and organisations in different countries, simultaneously mobilise on September 28 through various actions, for the same demands- decriminalise abortion, provide access […]

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Womanhealth Philippines and WGNRR

Event: Roundtable discussion Date: September 30, 2013 Description: Governments around the world continue to violate their commitments to promote, uphold and fulfil women’s rights, recognised 20 years ago in the declaration and programme of action, adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna on 25 June 1993. The Philippine government in particular violates […]

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WGNRR and Collective Mujer y Salud

WGNRR continues strengthen its relationship with LAC strategic partners in the region and have started having more presence. In occasion of September 28, we continue working closely with September 28 LAC Campaign, sharing strategies, information, materials and resources. Our Advocacy and Programme Manager, Vanessa Coria, will be visiting Dominican Republic in a few days, to take part in the […]

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Kenyan SRHR activists hold activities in several cities

Organisations: Ipas Africa Alliance, Dandelion Kenya, FLONE Initiatives, FEMNET, FIDA Kenya, Women Students Welfare Association-UoN, Fortress of Hope-Africa, Young Women’s Leadership Association,  FHOK, Slum Drummers Description: Dandelion Kenya will be focusing efforts in Nakuru with the following activities: petition signing online, mute march and poetry reading, dancing and music along the way. The march will end […]

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Press release on September 28 Global Day of Action

  Sexual and reproductive health organisations and advocates in over 50 countries will be mobilising on September 28 for the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion- a global mobilisation that seeks to decriminalise abortion, provide access to safe and affordable abortion services and end stigma and discrimination towards women who […]

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Mural Launch: Advocates Launch Global Selfie Campaign for Abortion Rights

MANILA, PHILIPPINES-It’s taking selfies to a whole new level. Sexual and reproductive health and rights organizations and activists from 50 countries contributed photos and messages on why abortion should be safe and legal in their country. This selfie campaign culminated in a virtual mural that was launched today- a collage of photos and messages from all […]

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Abortion Rights Campaign

City: Dublin Event: Choosing Choice: Packing up Stigma Exhibition Description: Choosing Choice: Packing Up Stigma Exhibition features photographic works from ‘Against the Tide’ by Rose Comiskey (Ireland), ‘When They Hold Their Hands Out Like Scales’ by Emma Campbell (Northern Ireland) and digitised print works from ‘Good Women Have Abortions’ by Heather Ault (USA) with curatorial […]

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Movimiento por el Aborto Libre

Event: Marcha por el Aborto Libre. City: Santiago   March commemorating Sept 28. 3PM, Plaza Italia Facebook invitation: https://www.facebook.com/events/1392263654335953/

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Feministas por el Aborto Seguro

Organisations: School of Public Health at the University of Chile, and feminist organizations Feministas por el Aborto Seguro, Red Multiversos, Marcha Mundial de Mujeres-Chile, la Articulación Feminista por la Libertad de Decidir, Núcleo de Género Julieta Kirkwood, Línea Aborto Chile, CUDS Event: Seminario por el Aborto Libre, Legal, Seguro y Gratuito Date: September 26 and 27, […]

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NIGERIA: SOLIDARITY STATEMENT TO CELEBRATE THE IMO STATE ABORTION LAW

On behalf of Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) we would like to express appreciation to the House of Assembly of Imo State for passing the “Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Bill, 2011” and enacting it as a law to eliminate violence in private and public life, prohibit all forms of violence including physical, sexual, […]

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Twitterers unite for safe and legal abortion!

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Association for Gender Equality and Liberty (A.L.E.G.)

Event:  Gender Equality Festival “Breaking Prejudices” Dates: September 25, 2013 Description: The Association for Gender Equality and Liberty (A.L.E.G.), based in Sibiu, Romania is marking the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion on September 15th, as part of the Gender Equality Festival titled Breaking Prejudices, with a screening of the documentary “Nascuti la comanda. […]

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March for Choice, Ireland

Ireland’s second annual March for Choice (#March4choice) is taking place in Dublin on September 28th. Leaving from Parnell Sq. East at 2pm, the March for Choice allows us to gather as activists, as rabble rousers, as change makers – to enjoy each others company, to remind the world that Ireland is Pro-Choice and to remind […]

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JAMAICA: REPEAL DISCRIMINATORY LAWS AGAINST JAMAICAN WOMEN

Jamaican women’s health and rights are compromised or denied because of restrictive legislation and prohibitive costs. This includes stigma, and the personal pain borne by women across class, ethnicity and religious affiliation coming terms with their exercise of choice to terminate a pregnancy. SIGN THE PETITION HERE

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EL SALVADOR: FREEDOM FOR TERESITA

                                      Latin American and the Caribbean September 28 campaign for Decriminalisation of Abortion together with the international partners observing September 28 Global Day of Action is calling for solidarity in the case of Teresita unjustly accused of […]

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Shirkat Gah – Women’s Resource Center

Date: September 28, 2013 Event: Panel discussion on “Addressing Unsafe Abortion in Pakistan” Description: The panel is being organized to share advocacy plans and strategies of different organizations and individuals working on the issue of maternal mortality and to determine where efforts can be synergized. As well as to explore the role of media in highlighting […]

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Central America Women’s Network (CAWN)

Event: El Salvador – Not even to save a woman’s life Date(s): Wednesday, 2 October 2013 Type of event: Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion (Free event) Description: El Salvador: ‘Life at any price’ is a documentary about the impact of the law in El Salvador that bans abortion in all circumstances, including rape, foetal abnormality, […]

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Coaliton to stop maternal mortlaity due to unsafe abortion

Date: September 28, 2013 Description:  The commemorative activities will unit e youths, Civil society organizations doing work in the area of reproductive health and maternal health, health service providers and the MoH officials. The event will be largely  informal and will take two parts; Part One: – A launch of an info-graphic on unsafe abortion in […]

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Christian Maternal and Reproductive Health and Rights Action (CMRHRA)

Date: September 28, 2013 Event type: Awareness raising activity – the target audience is women and girls and of my community and policy makers. Description: Expected participation of 200 attendees and policy makers. We shall discuss issues on unsafe abortion and why it is important to join the campaign of enacting a law that will […]

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Caribbean DAWN and Quality of Citizenship Jamaica

Date: September 28, 2013 Description:  September 28 marks the launch of the International Day for the Decriminalization of Abortion. Together, Caribbean DAWN and Quality of Citizenship Jamaica are organising a stand in support of Jamaican women’s reproductive health and rights that are currently denied under the Jamaican laws. Under Jamaican Law, section 72 of the Offences […]

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Federation for Women and Family Planning

Organisation: Federation for Women and Family Planning (www.federa.org.pl) – Polish ASTRA member serving as ASTRA Secretariat on September 28 Actions Background: The anti-choice civic bill which aims to ban all abortions in case of fetal malformation will be the subject of first reading in the Polish Parliament on 25th of September. The civic bill collected over […]

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AMINA, Tanzania

“She was chased away from household by her husband and was confiscated all properties for having an abortion… Amina did not know where to go as her case is associated with an illegal abortion.”

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Peace Foundation

Date(s): 28-29 September 2013 Event: Awareness raising activities with 40-young peoples on terminition of unwanted pregnancy, family planning , medical abortion and STDs and STIs. Description:  As our activity will be for two days, 28 September  and 29 September. First day, we  our participants will be mixed from 16 years age and above. Young girls and boys […]

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Adele Reproductive Health Foundation

  Event: Make a difference as a champion in your own community: Break the Silence Date(s): Various dates with a focus on 28th September 2013 Various activities Public awareness raising activities Social media (internet, SMS) Survey Meeting Description: We have plans to conduct various activities ranging from public awareness raising activities, to social media campaign, […]

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Women on Web Turkey

City: Istanbul Title of the event: Dünya Kürtaj Günü Kampanyası( Campaign for Global Action Day for Abortion) Description of the event: The meeting aims gathering different women groups working in different spheres. We aim to attract women from Istanbul Medical Chamber and Turkish Medical Association. In addition, we also aim to gather women’s rights organisation and feminist groups. […]

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National Network of Abortion Funds

Event: Abortion Access Month 2013 Dates: September 2013 Description:  Throughout September we will be posting stories and actions from our network of abortion funds and allies, sharing ways for you to get involved, to help spark conversations, and to amplify the voices of the people most affected by bans on abortion funding and other abortion restrictions. […]

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H.E.R.A statement on government sponsored anti-abortion commercial in Macedonia

With the latest video, broadcasted on the national TV stations in Macedonia http://youtu.be/M8_RQxb-BIk the Government has shown its real face and its final aim. The campaign that started three years ago was presented as a campaign that aims to educate the citizens about the consequences of abortion. Finally after three years  the government presented its […]

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National Coalition For Safe and Legal Abortion (NACSAA)

Event name: Streghtening Women and Young People on Access to Safe and Legal Abortion Date(s): 27th and 28th of September, 2013 Type of event: Adapting One Million Rising Dance and Public Forum for Global Day Of Action For Access to Safe and Legal Abortion Short description of the event: NACSAA holds a two days activity […]

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HERA – Health Education and Research Association

Title of the event: The new abortion law in Macedonia – restrictions and derogations  City: Skopje Date(s): 27th and 28th September Short description of the event: As of June 2013 the Parliament of Republic of Macedonia has approved a new Abortion Bill which severely restrict access of women to freely decide to terminate pregnancy compared […]

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Women’s Center

Event: Building Critical Thinking Among Youth Through Promotion Safe Abortion Date: September 28, 2013 Type of event: Awareness raising activity : meeting with large group of ethnic minority, special publish brochure on safe abortion into two language Georgian, Azerbaijan Description of event : target audience per-to peer educators and university teachers , doctors youth . We […]

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Centre d’Action Laïque – Plateforme Abortionright

Event name: Right for abortion Date(s): 28 september 2013 Type of event: street demonstration: stickers distribution with leaflets to inform about the memorandum, link to our website (www.abortionright.eu), etc. Short description of the event: Press conference to inform the media, mailing of the memorandum to Belgians politicians and the Europeans based in Brussels, public action […]

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Rede de Defesa dos Direitos Sexuais e Reprodutivos

City: Maputo Name of the event: Actions for decriminalization of abortion Date: Various dates with focus on the 28 September Location of the event: Maputo Type of the event: Different events, namely: – To write and circulate a petition requesting the decriminalization of abortion and send to the competent authorities – Write articles about the […]

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ECUADOR: SUPPORT RAPE SURVIVORS

SIGN THE PETITION to support the removal of criminal penalties for women who seek an abortion and the elimination of all penalties for women and girls who seek abortion as a result of sexual violence. Rape survivors in Ecuador deserve access to safe and legal abortion services. Despite a president who has demonstrated a commitment to […]

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Doctors for Choice, Ireland

Annual Conference “Being a Pro-Choice Doctor in Ireland” When: Saturday, September 28, 2013; 10:30 am – 3 pm Where: National Women’s Council in Ireland, 4th Floor 2/3 Parnell Square East Dublin 1 All Doctors and members of Doctors for Choice are welcome to attend. Fore more information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Doctors-For-Choice-Ireland http://www.doctorsforchoiceireland.com/  

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Invitation to participate in September 28 Global Day of Action

We are excited to invite you to join and actively participate in preparations for September 28 – the Global Day of Action for Safe and Legal Abortion. After an incredible mobilisation last year which resulted in seventy five events held in more than fifty countries to commemorate September 28, we are looking forward to an […]

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AREWA and EWOMA, Nigeria

“The girl took the mixture and started bleeding profusely and was taken to the hospital. The parents could not afford the hospital initial deposit and this delayed commencement of her medical treatment”

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SAMUEL, Tanzania

She exclaimed: “Eh! at your age you seek family planning services!” She ordered: “You are prostitutes and do not deserve this service because it will be promoting immorality among youth and contribute to the erosion of our values. Get out of here!”

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Malawi: activist’s reflections

“She fell seriously sick, after [trying cassava stick], she was taken to a hospital and the doctor had to remove the uterus/womb.”

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Tell us about your event

National, international and grassroots organisations are mobilising all over the work to mark September 28 Global Day of Action for Safe and Legal Abortion. If you plan an action on September 28, please get in touch with us!

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BOLIVIA: CALL FOR SOLIDARITY

SIGN THE PETITION FOR DECRIMINALIZATION OF ABORTION In 2012 representative Mancilla from the Movimiento al Socialismo (political party) presented a petition of unconstitutionality to the Plurinational Constitutional Tribunal, opposing 14 articles of the Penal Code. Four of the 14 articles criminalise abortion and compel women to seek clandestine abortions in unhealthy conditions that put their […]

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Collection on Safe Abortion Advocacy

In this section you will find a list of useful resources that capacitate SRHR advocates to conduct effective advocacy to improve access to abortion services by improving skills in campaigning, lobbying and community education among others.

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Colombia: activist’s reflections

…the work to implement the right to an abortion in Colombia is under fierce attack by the government…

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Collection on Safe Abortion Policy

In this section you will find a list of resources that provide useful insights and practical suggestions for those working with the policy makers. The resources equally offer a serious of country specific examples as well as an overview of legal and policy considerations in relation to abortion provision.

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Past Actions

Herstory of the campaign and a video of past actions

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TAKE ACTION

September 28 is an Action Day! This day is an excellent opportunity for mobilising communities and staging rallies so that from different places in the globe our one demand will be clearly heard – access to safe, legal and accessible abortion! When #IResistWePersist ! TAKE ACTION! BE PART OF THE COLLECTIVE: Join the Cacerolazo for […]

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VIOLET, Democratic Republic of Congo

“The doctor told her that “it’s illegal and against my Christian faith to procure an abortion [… and] intimidated her with threats that he would inform the police of her case for her arrest”

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MAYA, Indonesia

“As an organization that works on controversial issues, of course we often face assault from people like slurs, criticism, judgments, even subtle threats”

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SINTA, Indonesia

“I don’t believe that children are a blessing because they are children. I believe that children can be a blessing when we really plan carefully for it.”

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AGATA, Poland

“The refusal to be treated effectively while she was in great pain and her life was at risk was humiliating and debasing.”

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Herstory

September 28 Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion has its origin in Latin America and the Caribbean where women’s groups have been mobilizing around September 28 the last two decades to demand their governments to decriminalize abortion, to provide access to safe and affordable abortion services and to end stigma and […]

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Cameroon: activist’s reflections

“ In my opinion, I strongly believe that when Cameroonian women will freely start exercising their right to control their fertility, to enjoy good health, and security of person – then shall we give an opening to promote legislation that gives access to safe abortion.”

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NABEELA, Pakistan

“If a woman is unmarried and pregnant her only fate is honor killing”

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