UGANDA – COHERINET staff and community members talk to health service providers

To mark Safe Abortion Day, 28 September 2019, COHERINET staff and selected community members from the grassroots level interacted with health service providers at Kawempe National Referral Hospital in the Family Planning & Gynaecology Wards. The interactions aimed at discussing barriers to access and availability of abortion, and provision of comprehensive abortion care services, especially for the poor women and girls from local communities. During the discussions, a Community Women’s Council leader emphasised the need … Continued

RWANDA – Rwandan president pardons 52 young women in prison for abortion

On 11 October 2019, Rwandan President Paul Kagame signed a decree pardoning 52 young women in prison for abortions, including some convicted for infanticide, on the eve of the International Day of the Girl Child. The statement was issued from a Cabinet meeting chaired by him; it said he was “exercising his power of mercy to give people another chance”. The Rwandan Minister of Justice, Johnston Busingye, said the President found it “fitting to give … Continued

MADAGASCAR – The national debate on abortion law reform has resumed

Mireille Rabenoro, Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission of Madagascar, reports that the Commission has organised a conference to resume the national debate on abortion law reform. In 2017, in a bill on family planning, a clause that would have allowed health workers to provide abortions legally was voted down, even though the rest of the bill was passed. The failure to change the law did not stop Malagasi women with unwanted pregnancies from … Continued

NIGERIA – Many girls do not even know sex can make them pregnant

At the recent National Conference on Inclusivity, Equality & Diversity in University Education, hosted by the University of Lagos, a speaker from the Society for Family Health said that Nigeria would move closer to achieving major targets in the Sustainable Development Goals by assuring adolescent girls access to health and critical social services. The Deputy Project Director of Adolescents 360, Fifi Ogbondeminu, supported this and talked about promoting social inclusiveness and reducing unplanned pregnancies and … Continued

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