SOLIDARITY REQUEST: A call to recognize, protect and support women human rights defenders and women’s movements

Civil society statement on the occasion of the Women Foreign Ministers Meeting 21-22 September 2018, Montreal, Quebec, Canada   Please consider signing on to the statement below!!   Next week, on September 21 and 22—for the first time ever—women foreign ministers will be coming together at a meeting hosted by Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Chrystia Freeland, and her European Union counterpart, Federica Mogherini.  A group of civil society organizations from the Women, Peace and Security Network-Canada … Continued


TO: Joint Action for Reproductive Justice network: Center for Health and Social Change, Femidangdang, Femimonsters, Flaming Feminist Action, Korea Sexual Violence Relief Center, Korean Women’s Associations United, Korea Women’s Hot Line, Network for Glocal Activism, Sexual and Reproductive Rights Forum, Womenlink, Women with Disabilities Empathy On behalf of the members of the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion in 119 countries around the world, I am writing to express our solidarity with everyone … Continued

STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY POLAND: Why does your government hate women so much?

To the Members of the Polish Sejm and the parliamentary clubs: The International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion has nearly 1,300 members in 119 countries who support women’s right to safe abortion. On behalf of all the members of the Campaign, I am writing to urge you to drop this vicious, anti-women, anti-abortion bill. It will not stop abortions, it will not save babies who could not survive on their own no matter … Continued

JOB ADVERTISEMENT: We’re looking for a new Director!

Job Advertisement: Director Overview The purpose of the Campaign is to build an international network that brings together individuals and organizations with an interest in promoting and providing safe abortion, and to create a shared platform for advocacy, debate and dialogue, and the sharing of skills and experience. The Campaign is looking for a new Director to start as soon as possible. Details Location: London Hours: 35 hours per week Salary: Depending on experience Contract … Continued

Open Letter to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

My concerns regarding these recommendations are threefold: the first is to do with your definition of “a person”. The second is to do with the reasons why women have abortions vs. how different laws address and codify reasons for abortion as legal or illegal grounds. The third is that I believe including any ground for abortion in the law whatsoever – apart from permitting abortion at the woman’s request – is a mistake because it serves to restrict women’s autonomy and decisions over their own bodies.

Participation in International Safe Abortion Day expected to be bigger than ever

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            28.09.16 | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Participation in International Safe Abortion Day expected to be bigger than ever Campaigning across borders for the right to safe abortion began in the late 1970s. In 1990, a Latin American feminist conference launched the first regional campaign for the decriminalisation of abortion. They chose 28 September as their day of action, and it has remained as such since. In 2011, the day of … Continued

Open Letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and heads of UN agencies

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17 August 2016 Open Letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and heads of UN agencies: Ms Helen Clark, Administrator, UN Development Programme Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women Dr Margaret Chan, Director General, World Health Organization Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UN Population Fund Mr Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UN Children’s Fund Ms Irina Bokova, Director General, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Mr Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS Re: Making International Safe Abortion … Continued

Joint Statement by UN human rights experts

Sexual and reproductive health and rights Joint Statement by UN human rights experts*, the Rapporteur on the Rights of Women of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Special Rapporteurs on the Rights of Women and Human Rights Defenders of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights * The UN Special Rapporteurs on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, on the situation … Continued

Statement: Organization of American States

Declaration on Violence Against Women, Girls and Adolescents and their Sexual and Reproductive Rights Paragraphs on abortion That sexual violence against women, girls, and adolescents has harmful consequences, both for them and the whole of society. It affects their physical and reproductive health, increases the risk of maternal and infant and HIV-related morbidity and mortality, causes high-risk pregnancies and pregnancy-related issues, including abortions, premature births, fetal distress, and low birth weight, and has serious psychological impacts, such as physical … Continued

Statement: African Commission of Human and Peoples’ Rights

General Comment No. 2 on Article 14.1 (a), (b), (c) and (f) and Article 14. 2 (a) and (c) of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.     Preface By: Commissioner Soyata Maiga, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol) is … Continued

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