KENYA: THE FIRST DAY OF ICPD+25

“Dumped babies are just the tip of the iceberg”: the consequences of curbing reproductive rights It’s a hot mid-August morning, and Lydia Wambui’s bright green overalls are soaked. She’s standing knee-deep in Nairobi River, using a metal rod to catch rubbish lazily flowing down its murky waters. “Sewage, bottle-tops, needles – people chuck everything in here,” she says. “We also keep finding babies.” Two months earlier, the 37-year-old volunteer spotted a blue plastic bag amongst … Continued

ITALY – Seven doctors on trial for manslaughter in the death in Sicily of Valentina Milluzzo in 2016

Seven Italian doctors are on trial for manslaughter, accused of failing to carry out a life-saving abortion as emergency obstetric care in 2016 for Valentina Milluzzo, who began miscarrying when she was 19 weeks pregnant with twins. She died of sepsis, which with prompt and appropriate care, including emergency evacuation of the uterus, can be prevented/treated before it becomes fatal. This cause of death happened to Savita Halapannavar in Ireland four years earlier. The court … Continued

LATIN AMERICA – Afro-descendant women in Latin America are raising their voices more and more every day

Within the green scarves’ movement fighting for abortion rights and against femicide, Afro-descendant women in Latin America are raising their voices more and more every day, to underline the disadvantages and invisibility they suffer in society. The growing capacity to get women’s movements to fight for abortion rights and against gender-based violence, reaffirms the mark that feminism has had on the region. However, diversity within this struggle, such as the fight of black and mixed-race … Continued

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 – 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

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