Examples of actions in the context of Campaign – September 28: Day of Action for Decriminalisation of Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean

The below listed actions have been undertaken by courageous and creative activist in Latin America and the Caribbean in the past years to mark September 28 Day of Action for Decriminalisation of Abortion in the region. Let accounts of these actions serve as a source of inspirations for the reproductive justice  activists worldwide!

Women’s March in Mexico City

Mexico, September28 2011.

City: Mexico D.F.

Organisers: Pacto Nacional por la Vida, la Libertad y los Derechos de las Mujeres. In English: National Pact for Women´s Life, Freedom and Rights. This organization brings together activist from 35 civil society organisation from 19 Mexican states.

Action: Women marched from Mother´s Monument to El Zocalo. They marched for abortion decriminalisation and for the immediate release of every woman jailed because they had an abortion.

Check out the video of the action

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Rally in front of Argentina´s Parliament

 Argentina, September 28 2011

City: Buenos Aires

Organisers: Campaña por el Derecho al Aborto Legal, Seguro y Gratuito. In English “Campaign for Legal, Safe, and Free Abortion”. This campaign is a nationwide, and diverse alliance. It was launched on May 28, 2005 “International Day of Action for Women´s Health”.

 

Action: Women and men held a massive and colourful rally in front of Argentina´s Parliament.

Check out the videos of the action: video 1 and video 2 

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Women activists go naked outside Pichincha district attorney´s office

Ecuador, September 28, 2010

City: Quito

Organisers: Anonymous

Action: In Ecuador, a group of naked activists held a rally outside Pichincha district attorney´s office. They demanded abortion decriminalisation, and show solidarity with the collective Salud Mujeres 098301317, who operate an Abortion: Safe information Hotline, which was closed by the district attorney on September 12, 2010, violating the right to information (Art. 18 Constitución del Ecuador).

Check out the video of the action

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The March-Festival for the Right to Choose 

Nicaragua, September 28 2011

City: Managua

Organisers: Focal Point of the September 28 Campaign for Abortion Decriminalisation in Latin America and the Caribbean,in alliance  with other spaces of the Nicaraguan women´s movement:  Las Petateras, Red de Mujeres Contra la Violencia, Movimiento Autonomo de Mujeres, Red de Salud de las Mujeres Latinoamericanas y del Caribe,  Alianza de Centros de Mujeres, Grupo Estrategico por la Despenalizacion de Aborto Terapeutico,  Catolicas por el Derecho a Decidir,  Red de Mujeres de Matagalpa. Every one of the above-mentioned spaces, are conformed by diverse women´s organizations and civil society organizations. Other spaces like the feminist movement, la Iniciativa por la Diversidad Sexual, Movimiento Contra el Abuso Sexual, among others were present too.

Action: The March-Festival for the right to choose left from Military Hospital to the UN offices, demanding the restitution to therapeutic abortion in Nicaragua. During the event, the Mother´s Square was renamed with a plaque “Square for the right to choose” or in Spanish “parque por el derecho a decidir”, the plaque remains there. For more information, click here.

Check out the video of the action

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Rally and a public exhibition

Chile, September 28 2010

City: Santiago

Organisers: Articulación Feminista “Por la Libertad de Decidir”, in English: Feminist Articulation for the Freedom of Choice

Action: In 2010 Chile celebrated the second centenary of the country’s independence, on top of that September 18 is the Chilean Independence Day. The year 2010 was very symbolic and the Articulación Feminista “Por la Libertad de Decidir” decided to held in the busiest part of down town Santiago a rally  decriminalisation of abortion and a public exhibition featuring the work of selected women, contributors to women´s rights in the Chilean History (a bulletin with short biographies was given to the spectators). The organisers lamented that so few women could be celebrated, since thousands of women have contributed so much.

Check out the video of the action