2014 Archives

Abortion Rights in Turkey exist in theory, but in practice?

In Turkey, abortion was legalized in 1983. It is legal until the 10th week after conception. This increases to 20 weeks if there is a concern about the mental or physical health of the woman, or the pregnancy is a result of rape. So far so good, right? 32 years after its legalization, however, one of my friends in Istanbul told me that her legal abortion request was refused by all four state-hospitals that she went to.

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2015 Appel à l’Action!

WGNRR welcomes Michelle Bachelet’s proposal sent forward in Congress to legalize abortion in cases of rape or when there is a threat to the mother’s or the baby’s life.

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Release Guadalupe and the rest of Las17!

Today El Salvador Parliament is set to vote whether to issue a pardon for Guadalupe, one of the 17 cases of women who were imprisoned for pregnancy complications

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Observe the New Penal Code – Letter to the President of Dominican Republic

Your solidarity needed urgently! The new Penal Code in Dominican Republic was approved which results in criminalisation of abortion in all circumstances. Join the twitter campaign today and send your letter to the President Danilo Medica @PresidenciaRD using #ObserveCP and CCing @HenryMolina @Ratehol @DaniloMedina

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New Ipas publication – Clinical Mentoring and Provider Support for Abortion-Related Care

Ipas’s Clinical Mentoring and Provider Support for Abortion-Related Care is now available for download and order. This training manual includes the content, activities and materials to improve participants’ knowledge, attitudes and skills for clinical mentoring and provider support for comprehensive abortion care, including postabortion care.

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Unsafe abortion—and complications—too common in Malawi

It is our pleasure to share the special email bulletin featuring Ipas research on the severity of complications from unsafe abortion in Malawi.

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Criminalizing Abortion Constitutes Institutional Violence

September 28 campaign in Latin America and the Caribbean is calling for the international mobilisation to demand decriminalisation of abortion in seven countries in the regional where abortion is completely prohibited and penalised

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1 in 3 Campaign: on-line abortion speak out on November 20

Join us for the first ever online abortion speakout on November 20! Over 100 people will make history and share their experiences with abortion during our 8 hour broadcast.

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November 3, 2014 – Solidarity with Las 17 in El Salvador

On 1 April 2014, human rights advocacy organizations presented 17 requests for pardons to the Legislative Assembly in El Salvador, one for each of the 17 Salvadoran women (Las 17) imprisoned on suspicion of having an abortion and convicted in extremely unfair circumstances.

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October 28 – International Day of Action for Abortion Rights in Ireland

Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) joined in solidarity with Irish women’s rights activists calling for the repeal of the Eights Amendment in the Irish Constitution by paying a visit to the Irish Honorary Consulate in Manila, Philippines. To download the letter, please click here  *** Subject: Repeal of the Eighth Amendment in the […]

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Bust the Myths, look for facts!

This September 28, we invite you to host an awareness raising activity: forum, meeting, workshop/training, cultural event to discuss access to safe, legal abortion throughout the country and restrictions that violate sexual and reproductive rights.

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Sept 28 around the world: Sri Lanka

It’s Her Right Campaign Sri Lanka  launched an advocacy video with real life stories from women who have undergone an unsafe abortion in Sri Lanka. This video can be used as an advocacy tool to advocate for relaxations/ changes in abortion law in Sri Lanka which is currently restricted. Post card campaign to Mr. President. campaign […]

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Sept 28 around the word: Aspirin, #AbortionStigma; and a Call to Arms!

In E02 of The Quietude, we talk to two amazing activists, Maria Jose (Majo) Rivas, and Shubha Kayastha, about what abortion stigma looks like; how holding aspirin between your knees is the best contraceptive ever; and what an abortion stigma-free world might look like. We discuss (dis)similarities in contexts, and talk about some of our own experiences with abortion stigma and the barriers we’ve witnessed and known

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Campaign alert: #Sept28 Success!

On behalf of the September 28 Coordination team, congratulations!!! Here are just a few highlights of the many, many ways in which activists mobilized worldwide, speaking out against #abortionstigma and demanding access to safe and legal abortion!

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Sept 28 around the world: Spain

Feminist flashmob for decriminalisation of abortion in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain

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European Parliament: Please Guarantee Access to Safe and Legal Abortion for Every Woman in the EU

International human rights law recognizes that obtaining a safe and legal abortion is crucial to women’s and girls’ effective enjoyment and exercise of their human rights, including, among others, the rights to life, non-discrimination, equality, health and privacy.

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Community Life Bangladesh

We should act together to ensure that no women has to die, end up crippled or have a traumatic and stigmatizing experience for seeking MR services.

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Sept 28 around the world: Sea Change Program

This worldwide belief that abortion is socially or morally unacceptable emerges in media outlets, health-care institutions, and restrictive legislation, all of which shape community attitudes and stereotypes about abortion.

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Sept 28 around the world: New Zealand

It is our job as reproductive rights and justice activists to join in the global chorus to eradicate stigma – not just today but every day. This is not necessarily an easy task. Pervasive is an apt word as stigma manifests itself in subtle and insidious ways.

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Sept 28 around the world: Kenya #FreezeMob

Flashmob “Our Bodies, our Choices” organised by TICAH made it into the national television news coverage.

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BAYA (Bangladesh’s Assembly of Youth Advocates)

BAYA (Bangladesh’s Assembly of Youth Advocates) the first Youth Organization in Bangladesh working on SRHR for Youth has organized a Social Media Campaign for Young Men between (15-28) to share their thoughts in ”Why do they think women need access to safe abortion”.

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SAVE-Ghana

We are organizing a forum dubbed the ‘Action Forum’ in the capital, Accra bringing the ministries of gender and social protection and that of health plus the director general of the Ghana health services together with the Coalition for NGOs in health and co-grantees such as IPAS, doctors for choice and the Global Media Foundation […]

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GROUPE DE VOLONTAIRES POUR LA PROMOTION DE LA MATERNITE SANS RISQUES EN RDC “GVP-MASAR/RDC”

The right to sexual and reproductive health in DRC will be effective as long as the authorities will understand that women and girl who are often victims of sexual violence have the ultimate decision to keep or abort their unwanted pregnancies. We support women’s right to safe abortion and will hold a meeting among midwives […]

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#Sept28 Action in Pakistan: Policy Dialogue in Shikarpur, Sindh

Shirkat Gah held a policy dialogue in Shikarpur, Sindh this #Sept28 in collaboration with its community based organization (CBO) partner. Reps from Population Welfare Department, local services providers and community women participated in the policy dialogue in which women’s RH issues, universal access to family planning services, preventing unsafe abortions, and post-abortion care services remained […]

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The Federation for Women and Family Planning and ASTRA Network

The Federation for Women and Family Planning and ASTRA Network will organize a pro-choice happening on September 28 in the area of Warsaw Old Town. About 100 people standing in a circle/line holding a sheet of white paper with a women’s face printed on it in front of their own faces.

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Campaign Alert: #AbortionStigma & Restrictive Abortion Laws

Abortion stigma operates at many levels of a given society, predominantly drawing its strength from gender stereotypes, particularly those ascribing women to the role of motherhood.[1] One of the main ways abortion stigma plays out at the legal or policy level is in the justification of restrictive laws and/or the criminalization of abortion, in some […]

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CRR: Whose Right to Life? Women’s Rights and Prenatal Protections under Human Rights and Comparative Law

The right to life is a fundamental human right, central to the enjoyment of all other human rights. International human rights law recognizes this basic right begins at birth, and international and regional human rights bodies, as well as courts worldwide, have clearly established that any prenatal protections must be consistent with women’s human rights. […]

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PAC Consortium: “Why Youth Friendly PAC: Reasons, Resources and Realities”

The Youth-Friendly PAC Task Force hosted a webinar titled, “Why Youth Friendly PAC: Reasons, Resources and Realities” on Thursday, September 4, 2014. The purpose of the webinar was to discuss the reasons that youth-friendly postabortion care is important, and to share examples of the realities of working in the field and resources that are available. […]

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Guttmacher study: Intended and Unintended Pregnancies Worldwide in 2012 and Recent Trends

Of the 213 million pregnancies that occurred worldwide in 2012, 40%—about 85 million—were unintended, about the same proportion as in 2008, when 42% of all pregnancies globally were unintended. The new study, “Intended and Unintended Pregnancies Worldwide in 2012 and Recent Trends,” by Gilda Sedgh et al. of the Guttmacher Institute, found that the proportion […]

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Pathfinder: Abortion Policy Scan for Advocacy (Multiple Languages)

This tool is intended to help organizations assess the official policies and laws governing abortion care as compared with the actual situation, and identify challenges to and opportunities for improving access to safe abortion through policy change.

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WAKE UP BRAZIL!

Jandira Magdalena dos Santos Cruz (27 years old) and Elisângela Barbosa (32 years old) have died because they have chosen to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.

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Abortion ban in el Salvador

Amnesty International: End the ban on abortion in El Salvador

Every year, thousands of women and girls are denied their human rights by El Salvador’s total ban on abortion. The Salvadoran government is ultimately responsible for the resulting deaths of women and girls, and for the thousands whose human rights have been violated by the ban.

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PAC Consortium: Imagining a World Free from Postabortion Care Stigma

  Imagining a World Free from Postabortion Care Stigma Every year, 47,000 women die because of unsafe abortion and millions more face injuries, including hemorrhage, infection, chronic pain, secondary infertility and trauma to multiple organs. Unsafe abortion accounts for 13% of pregnancy-related deaths worldwide. Of the 38 million abortions performed annually in developing countries, more […]

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Call to endorse the joint statement and call to action for the Philippine Congress to examine the harmful impact of the total criminal ban on abortion

Joint statement and call to action for the Philippine Congress to examine the harmful impact of the total criminal ban on abortion

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Australia – Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health

Using a study done in Melbourne, Victoria on International student’s experiences with accessing sexual and reproductive health services and information, a short advocacy video is created with quotes from students.

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Research Studies on Abortion in Pakistan

This review of abortion-related research in Pakistan has been undertaken to highlight the importance of this problem for the benefit of health care providers and policymakers. Pregnant women who wish to have an abortion are forced to visit illegal clinics run by midwives. Women generally do not use contraception because of inaccessibility, financial constraints, and […]

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Institutional Violence Against Women – The Result of a Blanket Ban on Abortion in El Salvador

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Asia Safe Abortion Partnership Youth Champions – Sri Lanka

IT’S HER RIGHT- To Mr. President: Advocacy video on safe and legal abortion Country: Sri Lanka City: Colombo ASAP Sri Lank  will be launching an advocacy video with real life stories from women who have undergone an unsafe abortion in Sri Lanka. This video can be used as an advocacy tool to advocate for relaxations/ changes in […]

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Frauenzentrum Wien, Plattform 20000frauen and Red Federica Montseny Vienna, Austria

Demonstration and film screening for sexual self-determination, access to legal and safe abortion and reproductive rights of women.

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National Campaign for Legal, Safe and Free Abortion, Argentina

National Campaign for Legal, Safe and Free Abortion  constituted by CDD Argentina, FUSA and INSGENAR are preparing for a full day of activities during the Federal Day for Legalisation of Abortion in the Congress to take place on September 29, 2014. Legal Abortion a  Debt  to Democracy Federal Campaign for the legalization of Abortion in Congress Plaza Congreso – September […]

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RHSTEP, Bangladesh

RHSTEP is pleased to share the following poster prepared as part of 28th September 2014, Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion. This is an Advocacy initiative under the project “ASRYA (Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health for Youth and Adolescent)” funded by SAAF in Bangladesh.

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RFSU, SWEDEN

1974 and 1975 are historic landmark years in Sweden since the present abortion law was endorsed and came into practice, i e 40 years ago. RFSU will acknowledge this and work on all levels, including raising public awareness on national/global issues and more strategic advocacy to the newly elected national parliamentarians and EU-parliamentarians

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Palestinian Family Planning & Protection Assosiation

The project staff with the full involvement of the abortion coalition will conduct a national campaign with the aim of advocating for modification of the current abortion law.

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The Festival of Choice, London, UK

In London six feminist and human rights organisations have organised the Festival of Choice from 23 and 28 September. The festival aims to raise awareness of threats to reproductive rights and the plight of women who do not have access to safe and legal abortion in countries around the world.

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Generation Initiative For Women and Youth Network (GIWYN)

Generation Initiative For Women and Youth Network (GIWYN) has the pleasure to announce the Launching of her  Hotline on September 27, 2014. Lagos, Nigeria

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Population & Development Program, Hampshire College

Access to safe and legal abortion is under attack in the US and internationally. In connection with the Global Day of Action for Safe and Legal Abortion, join us for an in-depth discussion about these troubling trends and how you can counter them.

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The Lilith Fund, USA

The Lilith Fund is partnering with NARAL Pro-Choice Texas on a community meet-up in Houston, Texas.

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Decidir Nos Hace Libres, Spain

Press Conference “Decidir Nos Hace Libres assesses Spain situation and calls for mobilizations on 28S, Global Day of Action for Safe and Legal Abortion”

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Las Dignas Feministas, El Salvador

Las Dignas Feministas together with partners are holding a discussion forum titled “Abortion: criminalisation of human rights of women in El Salvador” on September 20, 2014

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Solidarité des Femmes Burundaises pour la Lutte contre le Sida et le Paludisme au Burundi

SFBLSP_Burundi is planning an Awareness Campaign and Advocacy for Access to Abortion Secure. It will be an advocacy activity to local authorities on the need for women to access safe abortion services in health facilities . It will include the presentation and dissemination of our report on the status of unsafe abortions and their consequences on […]

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Association “Hera-XXI”, Georgia

Our organization is going to join Global day of action for access to safe and legal abortion by conducting photo session which will reflect main problems and barriers in the field of abortion in Georgia. We have already done Like Page on social media (facebook) and we will share all this photos and key message on the day of action (September 28)

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Amnesty International – Solidarity Event: International Day of Action for the Decriminalisation of Abortion

In solidarity with the International Day of Action for the Decriminalisation of Abortion – 28th September – and in collaboration with the Festival of Choice, Amnesty International, Central American Women’s Network, and Reproductive Health Matters invite you to a discussion on the impact of the total ban on abortion on women and girls in El Salvador and the status of access to abortion globally.

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RAPD

RAPD will be conducting a workshop on Reproductive Rights (incl. International Instruments) together with CRR (Adriana Lamackova) for the lawyers and women`s activists on September 22 and 23.

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Portuguese FP Association

In Portugal, the 28 September will be celebrated with the first exhibition of the film “El Tren de la Libertad”,that was produced in Spain in February 2014. This activity, that will take place in Lisbon, 4pm, will be held by the platform REDE DE SOLIDARIEDADE COM AS MULHERES DO ESTADO ESPANHOL CONTRA A LEI GALLARDÓN.

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28 September Event, Geneva, Switzerland: Abortion Stigma, Criminalization and Restrictive Laws and Policies

To commemorate the 2014 Global Day of Action for the Decriminalization of Abortion, the panel will explore the linkages between abortion stigma, criminalization and restrictive laws and policies, and examine their impact on the rights of women, particularly adolescent girls.

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Coalition for the Defense of Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Tribute to the pioneers of the movement for the decriminalization of abortion in Mozambique such as Dr. Mocumbi, former Prime Minister and Minister of Health, prominent Mozambican Ob-Gyn and academic Dr. Fernanda Machungo, Dr. Bugalho, Dr. Nafissa Osman, Dr. Dalmasia, lawyer and technical advisor for the Health Minister in legal matters, representing the MOH.

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Ipas

Ipas (headquarters) is building its global mobilisation strategy around social media (short videos, messages).

Aside of social media engagement Ipas is planning to hold two screenings on criminalisation of abortion in Nicaragua with a follow up discussion.

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Ipas, IPPF and CRR: Tell World Leaders to Make SRHR a Priority for Global Development

We believe in a world where every woman has the right to make decisions about her body, her health, and her future.
Yet this vision is far from reality. In much of the world, women still don’t receive the sexual and reproductive health care they want and need.

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Asia Rising to Demand an End to Abortion Stigma

On the occasion of September 28 Global Day of Action for Safe and Legal Abortion, women’s organizations and networks in Asia demand to end the stigmatisation of abortion.

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Campaign Alert: #AbortionStigma and Women Living with HIV

Roughly 35.3 million people are currently living with HIV/AIDS, where women constitute more than half of all people living with the virus worldwide, and young women make up 64% of all new infections among young people.[1] [2] [3] While some progress has been made in addressing the misinformation and stigma surrounding HIV, people living with […]

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H.E.R.A

HERA is planning to prganise a press conference on 28th September  with an objective to promote the new national gender platform with special focus on abortion rights that has been recently created. In the period of 29 September – 1 October  we are going to organize a three day workshop on development of strategies  for  civil  society advocacy in […]

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Centre for Girls and Interaction (CEGI) and African Youth Safe Abortion Alliance (AYOSA) Malawi Chapter

Event: National Youth Forum on Abortion Centre for Girls and Interaction (CEGI), African Youth Safe Abortion Alliance (AYOSA) Malawi Chapter will host a a Youth Orientations Meetings in all three regions and later on 28 September will host a National Youth Forum which marks the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion in Malawi.

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CEDES and Grupo de Estudios sobre Sexualidades (GES)

CEDES and Grupo de Estudios sobre Sexualidades (GES) are joining forces for a book launch event titled “Tertulia: Hablemos del Aborto”  

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Bangladesh Women’s Health Coalition (BWHC)

 We have planned to organize a daylong awareness  program on SRHR in a remote rural area for the underprivileged and marginalized group of women on 28 September. More details on the events will be coming shortly.

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#idecide my future – Support IPPF Global Campaign

222 million women in the developing world want contraception but can’t get it. We know from our partners on the ground what the impact of this is — many women become are vulnerable to unplanned pregnancy and face the risk of seeing their child die from poverty related causes.

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Peace Foundation

Peace Foundation Pakistan is going to organize one information dissemination  meeting with young people on safe medical abortion and stigma associated with the word of Abortion. Thus a conversation will be started on safe abortion right of women.  We will send short text messages to 4500 young people on 28th  September on that day including local and […]

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Youth Action, SRHR Coalition

Youth Action Nepal will launch various activities on September 28th, such as: 1. Fact Sheet Release 2. Poster and Sticker Publication 3. National Safe Abortion Day celebration where they will invite the Health Minister for further financial commitments for free safe abortion services 4. Radio Show and TV Shows 5. Press Release to demand accountability […]

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Proyecto Matria and Instituto del Género y la Educación de Avanzada

Aborto: Legalidad y Acceso en Puerto Rico en el Siglo XXI- ASAMBLEA de Matria 25 September at 18:00 in UTC-04 Anfiteatro Morales Carrión, UMET https://www.facebook.com/events/804358659595781/ Ya llega esa época del año en la cual rendimos cuentas y compartimos nuestros logros y retos: Nuestra Asamblea Anual. Este año la asamblea será parte de otra gran actividad […]

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Campaign alert: #AbortionStigma and Young People

At 1.8 billion, young people aged 10-24 are currently the largest youth generation in human history, 90% of whom live in developing countries.[1] Many of these married or unmarried young people are engaged in sexual activity, whether forced or consensual. Access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services has thus been increasingly recognized as critical for […]

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Campaign alert: Abortion Stigma, Human Rights & the Post-2015 Development Agenda

In 1994 at the ICPD, governments from around the world recognized unsafe abortion as a major public health concern,[1] and affirmed that reproductive rights include the right to make decisions concerning reproduction free from discrimination, coercion and violence, which were reaffirmed again in 1995 at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.   Yet as of 2014, unsafe abortion continues to be […]

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CALL FOR ACTION: It’s High Time We Lived in a World Free from Abortion Stigma!

This September 28, the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) in partnership with the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion and La Campaña 28 LAC, [1] are calling on our members, partners and allies all around the world to speak out […]

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SAAF Partners Alliance Uganda

A Day in Memory of Women who died from Unsafe abortion in Uganda It will be a memorial day for women who passed away because of unsafe abortion in Uganda. It will start by a public peaceful march, participants dressed in African mourning clothes holding candles and key messages on the toll of unsafe abortion […]

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WGNRR Alliance Kenya (WAK) and Reproductive Health Alliance of Ipas Afica Alliance

Public actions to raise profile of local demands for reproductive justice in Nairobi and more than 10 counties (districts) of Kenya It will be a national joint event to mobilize for reproductive justice in Kenya. This consists of a series of activities in Nairobi and more than 10 counties/districts as follows: Launch of 16 days […]

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Women’s Promotion Centre (WPC)

Public Forum on consequences of Unsafe abortion in Tanzania WPC will organize a forum in Mwanza city where representatives from CSOs partners of the TSAAP, media, provincial government authorities, lawyers and opinion leaders will discuss the toll of unsafe abortion and its deadly consequences in the country. WPC evidence based documentary and research findings on unsafe abortion […]

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Global Media Foundation (GLOMEF)

Awareness raising activity to commemorate September  28th  GLOMEF will conduct a forum and radio discussion  around access to safe and legal abortion throughout the country and restrictions that violate sexual and reproductive rights of women. The focus will be on stigma surrounding access to abortion and its damaging effects at the individual, community, institutional, legal and […]

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Generation Initiative for Women and Youth Network

1. Development of a statement and its publication on the newspaper to mark the  September 28th week.  This will be followed by Face book and twitter messages on September 27th we will lunch the hotline. 2. GIWYN with the Support of National Coalition activists will organize a march along the streets with a disco van and […]

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Call for demonstrations across Europe − 20 August

Support the rallies in Dublin, Galway and Cork in Ireland and in London on 20 August 6pm outside the Irish Embassy History: 18 year old asylum seeker in Ireland raped, refused an abortion, threatened suicide, went on hunger and liquid strike, court order obtained by doctors to forcibly hydrate her and do a forced caesarean […]

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