MEXICO – Mexican activists take to the streets in five cities to demand safe, legal abortions

Mexican activists took to the streets in five cities on 28 September 2019 to demand safe and legal abortions, many wearing the green bandanas that have become a symbol of the movement in Latin America. The largest event (photo) was in Mexico City. Local television also showed footage of marches in the states of Aguascalientes, Jalisco, Oaxaca and Veracruz. SOURCE: VOA News, by Reuters, 29 September 2019

BRAZIL – Festival for Women’s Lives in Curitiba

Organized by social movements from all over Brazil, the Festival for Women’s Lives took place on 27 and 28 September 2019. The event, organised entirely by women, aimed to discuss and debate women’s rights. The events began on the 27th afternoon, with shows by women artists and artistic interventions as well as information on reproductive sexual rights. On the 28th, the programme featured the percussive project Baque Mulher, which together with the festival organisation will promote chat, yoga and … Continued

BRAZIL – Infographic comparing articles on abortion in 2018 and 2019

The Trench Project aims to monitor the public debate on abortion in Brazil. Its communication arm continuously monitors various news channels, blogs and websites carrying news, reports and articles on abortion. They make a compilation of all articles that have the word “abortion” in the title or body of the text of the article and categorise them as favourable, opposed or neutral. In addition, they look at articles focusing on abortion internationally and related articles. … Continued

BRAZIL – Statement of Associação Brasileira de Saúde Coletiva (ABRASCO) for 28 September 2019

We, teachers, researchers, students, managers, members of organised social movements, health professionals, concerned with the guarantee of democracy, the right to health and the Unified Health System – universal SUS, public, free and good quality – who are gathered in João Pessoa at the 8th Brazilian Congress of Social and Human Sciences in Health, express our repudiation of the various forms of violation of our democracy and the retraction of social rights that have been … Continued

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN – Abortion in Latin America & the Caribbean: A region with different levels of access and many obstacles: 28 September 2019

Translation: 97% of women of reproductive age in the region live in countries where abortion is criminalised. Only six countries permit abortion on broad grounds and only 3% of women aged 14-44 years live in those countries. In addition, this is the only world region where the number of pregnancies in girls less than 14 years of age is increasing, and the region also has the second highest rates of adolescent pregnancies in the world. … Continued

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