BRAZIL – A feminist robot on Facebook

Perhaps the most creative and innovative response to the various rollbacks on women’s reproductive rights in recent times in Brazil has been Beta, a feminist robot on Facebook, created by Nossas, a national network of citizens’ rights organisations across Brazil. Before Beta was even formally launched on Facebook, “she” organically accumulated 10,000 likes through word of mouth and peer recommendations. Beta works through the Facebook inbox function, and informs everybody who agrees to receive her … Continued

BRAZIL – The progress of the anti-abortion amendment has been delayed, but it’s not over

On December 14, the Special Commission did not vote on the amendment to make all abortions illegal in a bill whose aim was initially to extend paid maternity leave for women with premature births. The vote did not happen due to the lack of a quorum. [https://goo.gl/DnF57N]. On December 15, the amendment was set to be put to the vote again, but it also did not happen, as we expected. So the process will continue … Continued

BRAZIL – The turbulence in Brazil continues

As the turbulence of Brazil’s political climate and sexual politics overall continues, the abortion rights debates decidedly intensified in November 2017 (check here for updates in Portuguese). As reported by the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion on 24 November, Amendment No.181, a provision aimed at including right to life from conception into the Constitution, was approved by a Special Commission of the Chamber of Deputies on 8 November.

BRAZIL – Developments regarding Amendment No.181 banning abortion

Amendment No.181, a provision to include protection of life from conception to the text of the Constitution of Brazil, was approved by the Special Commission of the Chamber of Deputies on 8 November. It would criminalize abortion under all circumstances. Since it was passed by 18 men to 1 woman, the mobilization against the measure has been intense. A few days ago, the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Rodrigo Maia, declared the amendment would … Continued

BRAZIL – ‘A RAPIST IS NOT A FATHER’: Brazilian women protest bill totally banning abortion

  When the vote was taken in the Chamber of Deputies Commission, and 18 men voted in favour with only one woman there to say no, it has been reported that the men celebrated by chanting, “Yes to life, no to abortion!” In response, women took to the streets by the thousands in 14 cities in Brazil to say no to the bill and yes to women’s lives. “A rapist is not a father,” declared … Continued

BRAZIL: URGENT REQUEST FOR SOLIDARITY

Activists and members of civil society who are gathered at the Special Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean in the city of Santiago, Chile from 7-9 November 2017, denounce the threat to sexual and reproductive rights currently taking place in Brazil.

BRAZIL- The forgotten mothers and babies of Zika

Barely more than children themselves when they give birth, many of the forgotten mothers of Zika-stricken babies in the Brazilian state of Alagoas are shiny-new teenagers, just learning to navigate their developing bodies. Traversing the challenges of motherhood at that age is tricky at best; attempting to navigate them with a baby who carries the mark of the mosquito is almost unthinkable. Rakely Santos da Silva was only 15 when she gave birth to her … Continued

Tamojunta, Brazil: First safe abortion hotline in Brazil launched on 28 Sept

  The first safe abortion information hotline in the history of Brazil was launched on 28 September 2017. The hotline’s name is TamoJunta, which means “we are together” in Brazilian slang. The website is http://tamojunta.milharal.org and the phone number is +55 (11) 4349-6230. They can be reached on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9h-12h /15h30-18h30 and on Saturdays from 9h-13h. For the inaugural day on 28 September, they were working from 8h to 20h. TMJ – TaMoJuntA é … Continued

Brazil: Protest marches in various cities around Brazil

  The National Front for decriminalization and legalization of abortion is calling Protest marches  to be held  in various Brazilian cities on 28 September. On 27 September the Front will also be running a Feminist 24 hour Protest  Streamon Facebook. An warm-up  session in preparation for the 24-hour stream was run on September 11, 12 and 13. Check here. A Feminist Alert flyer was launched in early September to warn abortion rights activists about the risks of major setbacks at play … Continued

BRAZIL – Anti-abortion amendment seeks to sabotage a bill in Congress to extend maternity cover to premature births

    An unexpected amendment, scheduled for a vote on 20 September, has been called a “Trojan horse” because it aims to sabotage the real purpose of the bill, which is to create important benefits for women’s reproductive health by increasing the period of maternity leave to cover premature births, with positive repercussions for the health of both women and premature babies. Sonia Corrêa argues that the amendment, which seeks to give embryos legal status, … Continued

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