UK: Festival of Choice

  In London between 24 September and 2 October, there was a fundraiser for the Abortion Support Network, a quiz/music evening , a party for choice, and on on 2 October, a broad coalition of groups organised and participated in a full day of events that included: A panel of speakers from the UK and Ireland on the local and global state of abortion rights campaigning, including a slideshow on 8 September around the world. … Continued

NETHERLANDS: Women Help Women (WHW)

  Women Help Women (WHW) Women Help Women, an international group linking activists, organisations and researchers around the world to increase the availability of reproductive health choices, is collecting statements from women around the globe about why they risk imprisonment to help women access the abortion pills they need to preserve their rights and autonomy. Women Help Women published an article on Sex Rights Africa Network’s website for September 28th about abortion stigma: Empowering women … Continued

BRAZIL: Finadas do Aborto

Abortion is not a question for the police, it is a question of health and rights Finadas do Aborto Above is a photograph from a demonstration in Rio de Janeiro organised by the young people’s group Finadas do Aborto, which literally means ‘dead from abortion’. In the demonstration, they carried tombs with the names of women who had died from complications of unsafe abortion and placed them in a public square.

NORWAY: Sex og Politikk, FOKUS and SNU

Speech by Norway State Secretary marking 28 September at a packed meeting in Oslo   Sex og Politikk (IPPF Norway) together with FOKUS and our youth organisation SNU hosted a packed meeting in Oslo which opened with a speech by Laila Bokhari, State Secretary of Norway. Her speech began as follows: “Let me first express my appreciation to civil society organisations in Norway and across the world for marking the International day for Safe Abortions. I … Continued


 SFBLSP Backstreet abortion a reality in Burundi: report of a survey  The group Solidarité des Femmes Burundaises pour la Lutte contre le SIDA et le Paludisme (SFBLSP Burundi) celebrated 28 September by reporting on a survey they conducted in four provinces of the country, including Bubanza, Cibitoke, Bujumbura and Bujumbura city. It found that the numbers of unsafe abortions is increasing year after year with serious consequences. The figures come from different health centres; the … Continued


SEXUAL RIGHTS INITIATIVE Oral Statement, September 26th, 2016 , 33rd session of the Human Rights Council Annual discussion on the integration of a gender perspective throughout the work of the Human Rights Council and that of its mechanisms Thank you Mr. President, Action Canada makes this statement on behalf of the Sexual Rights Initiative. We commend the Special Procedures and the Office of the High Commissioner for their courageous work to advance gender equality through … Continued

International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion: Social Media Round-Up

 International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion: Social Media Round-Up by Sara Barnes, 30 September 2016 International Safe Abortion Day was a huge success on social media with groups from all over the world connecting and talking about their abortion rights goals. The Asia-Pacific region kicked off conversations on combatting abortion stigma and promoting universal access around the #LetsTalkAbortion, #AbortTheStigma and #StepIntoOurShoes sparked by the Asia Safe Abortion Partnership, Women’s Global Network for … Continued

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