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Call for submissions: Women deprived of liberty

“The Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice will present a thematic report on women deprived of liberty to the 41st session of the Human Rights Council in June 2019. This report will ...

TANZANIA – Tanzania promised that everyone should have the opportunity to get a high school diploma, except if you’re a pregnant teenage girl

The Citizen, a daily newspaper, reported on 10 September 2018 that, on 9 September, Tanzanian President John Magufuli urged Tanzanian women to "give up contraceptive methods" because the country needs more people. "You have cattle. You are big farmers. You ...

FINLAND – Opposition parties censor anti-abortion Foreign Minister Soini

Foreign Minister Timo Soini faces a vote of no-confidence in parliament after four opposition parties, Social Democrats, Greens, Left Alliance and Swedish People’s Party, came together to propose the motion. To date, however, it has not yet been tabled. Their ...

SRI LANKA – “If you are not in favour of legal abortion, then you are in favour of illegal abortion.”

“If you are not in favour of legal abortion, then you are in favour of illegal abortion.” – Prof. Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, former President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists In 2017, public debate began once again over proposals ...

MALAWI – Why are women’s wombs being removed to stop infection?

In a hospital room in Thyolo, a southern Malawian town nestled in tea plantations, Ngellina Chikopa unwraps her sarong to reveal a long wound filled with pus. The cut stretches from her lower abdomen through her belly button and up past ...

KENYA – The staggering cost of treating unsafe abortions in Kenya

Policymakers in Kenya are being confronted by the harsh reality of the staggering cost of treating unsafe abortions. According to a research by the Ministry of Health, which was published in February 2018, the treatment of unsafe abortion complications cost ...