NEPAL – Voice for Choice by Youth-Led SRHR Advocacy (YoSHAN)

YoSHAN described their activities to mark International Safe Abortion Day, 28 September 2019, as follows: “How does your September 28 look like? Ours looks like this: YoSHAN, a youth-led feminist organization in Nepal, conducted a sensitization program on Safe Abortion for Nursing Students, led by our Youth Champion Ashmita Thapa. YoSHAN is also celebrating September 28 through various art forms, such as acting, painting and poetry. We will be sharing the voices of young advocates … Continued

JAPAN – Kyoto’s first International Safe Abortion Day event

The following describes the programme of an event held to mark International Safe Abortion Day 2019 in Kyoto: “Our first event was on 27 September 2019; dozens of people gathered in Kyoto. The message our programme was that medical abortion has not been approved in Japan. Moreover, D&C, a less safe method, is still used for more than 80% of early abortions here. Abortion is deeply stigmatized in this nation, but we, some Japanese feminists, decided … Continued

INDIA – Gramin Punarnriman Sansthan: District level dialogue on need for safe abortion services

On International Safe Abortion Day 2019, Gramin Punarnriman Sansthan, India, organised a district level dialogue in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, with CSOs, CBOs and the health department on need and availability of safe abortion services, with 75 participants. The chief guests were Dr AK Mishra CMO Azamgarh and Dr YK Rai ACMO.

INDIA – New campaign and video by Agents of Ishq to normalise abortion

On International Safe Abortion Day 2019, Agents of Ishq (AOI), in partnership with the #MyBodyMyChoice campaign, released a nine-minute video (with English subtitles) that discusses sex, pregnancy and abortion. The video is part of an effort by sexual and reproductive health and rights organisations to use policy advocacy to address critical health issues. The melodramatic Bollywood clips notwithstanding, the tutorial is blunt and straightforward. AOI founder Paromita Vohra says: “We wanted to do it in … Continued

INDIA – National Comprehensive Abortion Care Trainers’ Workshop

In this video, Vinoj Manning, CEO of the Ipas Development Foundation in India, introduces a workshop for 140 trainers of safe abortion care from 12 states in India who met together. The workshop was training of trainers for health workers close to the community in provision of safe abortion care. Dr Sumita Ghosh, Deputy Commissioner for Maternal Health, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Government of India, also spoke and reiterated the government’s commitment to … Continued

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