FEATURE: ANTI-VIOLENCE PERFORMANCE ART

From Santiago to Nairobi, Tijuana and Stockholm, women in more than 200 cities worldwide have acted out a Chilean feminist performance, protesting sexual assault, victim-blaming and state violence. Created by the LasTesis feminist collective in Valparaiso, “A rapist in your path” has now been performed in more than 40 countries on every continent (except Antarctica). Uruguayan feminist, Isaura Fabra, who mapped the phenomenon, said it spread very quickly, involving thousands of women. It is an indictment of the perpetuation of rape culture by the state and society.

FEATURE: UNFPA warns against unsafe abortions in Zambia

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has warned against unsafe abortion, which can lead to injury, disability or death among women and girls. UNFPA says there is therefore need to raise awareness among women and clinicians that there is, however, abortion legislation in Zambia that allows women to seek safe abortions at health centres. In a policy brief on “Status of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Zambia”, UNFPA says safe abortions are legally … Continued

FEATURE: EUROPEAN COURT OF JUSTICE RULING

In 2014, an anti-abortion group presented a petition with a million signatures to the European Commission, calling on them to prohibit and end European Union funding for activities which involve the destruction of human embryos (in particular in the fields of research, development aid and public health), including direct or indirect funding of abortion.

FEATURE: NIGERIA – Dying to give their husbands a boy and other reasons for pregnancy-related deaths

Each day in Nigeria, women are battling with their lives and health, going through immense physical and psychological torture in their marriages, for not producing a male child. The culture of male child preference has resulted in all kinds of violence against women, which is on the rise in Nigeria, according to the European Union and United Nations Spotlight Initiative. Maternal mortality in Nigeria is 576 per 100,000 live births, the fourth highest globally, according to UNICEF.

CANADA – Ontario Court of Appeal ruling: conscientious objectors must provide effective referral

In the case of Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada v. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (2019 ONCA 393) (decision online), the Ontario Court of Appeal unanimously upheld the lower court ruling that the Policies of the College requiring physicians who invoke rights of conscientious objection in order not to participate in procedures that violate their religious beliefs must provide a patient seeking such a procedure with an “effective referral”. Objected procedures … Continued

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