GLOBAL – Sexuality Policy Watch Round-Up 2019

As in previous years, SPW has sent out a newsletter summarising 2019 with an excellent compilation of the main facts, trends, setbacks and victories in gender and sexuality politics that marked the year, and pointing to the challenges ahead in 2020. Here are a few examples: – The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, presented his report on women´s human rights defenders in which the negative impact of various factors is analyzed … Continued

COLOMBIA – Colombia’s Constitutional Court issues landmark decision on victims of reproductive violence in conflict

On 11 December 2019, the Colombian Constitutional Court issued an important decision recognising that women and girls who suffered forced contraception and forced abortion by their own armed groups should be recognized as ‘victims of armed conflict’. The decision is one of very few in the world to specifically recognise reproductive violence as a form of harm committed against women and girls in times of conflict. It thus sets an important legal precedent in recognising … Continued

GREECE – Athens metro ordered to remove anti-abortion posters

An anti-abortion poster displayed on 12 January in many places in the Athens metro, triggered a strong, negative reaction from the public and social media users. On 13 January, social media in Greece were flooded with pictures from the subway. News website reported that social media users were angry about the posters because they “bring the country back to the Middle Ages”. Following an intense reaction from opposition parties and activists as well, the conservative … Continued

NIGERIA – Doctor, guardian, remanded over abortion for 14-yr-old girl. But what about the rape?

A chief magistrate court in Kafanchan remanded a community doctor and and another man in a custodial centre for alleged criminal conspiracy and causing the death of an unborn child. The girl’s father filed the complaint. The doctor is the owner of a private hospital in Kafanchan and was charged for allegedly aborting a pregnancy for a 14-year-old girl. The girl was said to have been defiled and impregnated by her foster father, who later … Continued

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