We published five calls for action, one per month from May 2015, and for the Day itself we published a statement, we joined the global Tweetathon and published a newsletter with tweets in English, French and Spanish, and a slide show of the history of the day in words and visuals ( view here ). Afterwards, we published six newsletters with all the reports we received from around the world of activities for the Day of Action. In 2016, we decided to campaign for International Safe Abortion Day to become an official UN day.

We received a total of 83 reports of activities from groups in 47 countries and 7 regional and international NGOs. For the first time ever, government Ministries in Nepal, Democratic Republic of Congo and France participated actively in the Day of Action.

Below you can find all the reports we received. 

 

Africa

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“CONGOLAISE, unite efforts for the recognition of our rights to SRH in DR Congo!”

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, several activists and others concerned with the reproductive rights of women and girls ...
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MOZAMBIQUE: September 28 in Maputo

In Mozambique, the Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights hosted an event on the current state of abortion in the ...
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SOUTH AFRICA: Maternal Health and Access to Safe and Legal Abortion event

The South African Medical Students Association (SAMSA) Standing Committee of Sexual and Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS presented a Workshop on ...
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KENYA: Allow abortion in public hospitals, say medics

Poor women seeking safe abortion could soon get the services in public health facilities if developed reproductive health guidelines and ...
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GHANA: Global day of access to legal abortion

Save Ghana, a non-governmental organisation, on Monday launched this year's global day of action for access to safe and legal ...
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SOUTH AFRICA: A march and an article calling for an end to abortion stigma

In South Africa, a march was held on 27 September in Greenpoint, Cape Town, that called for an end to abortion stigma. https://www.facebook.com/WISH-Associates-163314687053489/ ...
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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Groupe de Volontaires pour la Promotion de la Maternité sans Risques en RDC (GVP-MASAR/RDC)

The right to sexual and reproductive health in DRC will be effective only if the authorities understand that women and ...
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UGANDA: SAAF Partners Alliance Uganda

A Day in Memory of Women Who Died from Unsafe Abortion in Uganda This will be a memorial day for ...
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UGANDA: Community Network for Reproductive Rights

Abortion - an action undertaken to effectively terminate a pregnancy - has existed since time immemorial and is a common ...
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TANZANIA: Women’s Promotion Centre

Public Forum on the Consequences of Unsafe Abortion in Tanzania WPC will organize a forum in Mwanza city where representatives ...
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NIGERIA: Fight against abortion stigma and discrimination

This Generation for Women and Youth Network (GIWYN) and the National Coalition and others celebrated the September 28 Day of ...
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BURUNDI: event for decriminalising abortion and for girls’ rights

Report: In Burundi, the group Solidarité des Femmes Burundaises pour la Lutte contra le SIDA et le Paludisme au Burundi ...
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DR CONGO: Sexual and Reproductive Health Care for Women & Girls for 28 Sept

On October 1, 2015, Pathfinder International together with the National Program of Youth and Adolescents (PNSA) organized an event in ...
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UGANDA: Community Health Rights Network (COHERINET) busts myths and abortion stigma

To promote the global day of action for access to safe and legal abortion and the Campaign for decriminalisation of abortion ...

Asia

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PHILIPPINES: Safe Abortion Advocacy Network launches new website

In the Philippines the situation is extremely difficult for women who choose to have an abortion. The restrictive abortion legislation, ...
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NEPAL: Message from Ipas Nepal team about the first Safe Abortion Day in Nepal

The Ministry of Health and Population, Family Health Division, Ipas Nepal and other partner organizations jointly organized the first Safe ...
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INDIA: Campaign against stigma and shame associated with abortion

CREA in collaboration with Youth Ki Awaaz has launched an online campaign #AbortTheStigma to address the stigma and shame associated ...
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PAKISTAN: Peace Foundation

On September 28 the Peace Foundation Pakistan gathered around 25 young girls and women to implement September 28's Signature Action: ...
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THAILAND: Pro Voice Forum Bangkok

  Tamtang, safe abortion network together with 7 other Bangkok-based organisation held a Pro Voice Forum on safe and legal ...
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ASIA SAFE ABORTION PARTNERSHIP: Youth Champions’ Activities for 28 September

Here is a brief on activities conducted by our Youth Champions in support of 28 Sept. The activities ranged from ...
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SRI LANKA: Abortion myth-busting and sex education are key to ensuring women’s rights as human rights

by Sarah Soysa, volunteer at the Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka Abortion myth-busting is urgently needed, as I discovered ...
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SRI LANKA: Youth Advocacy Networks

Will laws, unhygienic conditions and myths stop women from accessing unsafe abortions!?   by Lakmini Prabani Perera, Sri Lanka   https://youthadvocacynetworksl.wordpress.com/2015/09/28/will-laws-unhygienic-conditions-and-myths-stop-women-from-accessing-unsafe-abortions/ Under ...
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INDIA: Hidden Pockets Spoken Word : Abortion Rights

As part of the September 28th movement on access to services related to abortion, Hidden Pockets performed its first ever ...
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NEPAL: Beyong Beijing Committee: Busting the Myths related to Abortion 28 September

Myth on a balloon   Source: https://www.facebook.com/BeyondBeijingCommittee/ ...
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NEPAL: Young Women for Change

Young Women for Change held advocacy sessions with nursing students and at various colleges in Kathmandu. They also created a video on ...
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INDONESIA: Samsara

Samsara held the following activities in Yogyakarta and Bali: 1. Bust the Balloons, Bust the Myths at 'Alun-Alun Kidul' (in ...

Eastern Europe

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POLAND: Federation for Women & Family Planning panel on reproductive health and rights

It has become a Polish tradition that anti-choice groups are trying to push for further restrictions in abortion access in ...
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MACEDONIA: Conference on safe and legal abortion and poetry evening

In light of the September 28 Campaign, H.E.R.A., the Association for Health Education and Research organized a national conference: "Legal ...
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ROMANIA: Campaign for sexual and reproductive rights for young people

On 28 September 2015, to support international efforts for the decriminalization of abortion, the Association for Liberty and Equality of ...
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GEORGIA: Reproductive Health Week

Association HERA-XXI initiated the campaign 'Reproductive Health Week' in Georgia. The activities were dedicated to World Contraception Day 26th September ...
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ARMENIA: Three TV programmes devoted to sexual and reproductive health and rights

The Women’s Rights Center organized a series of three television shows in different regions of Armenia. The first show was ...

Latin America / Caribbean

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ARGENTINA: Videos to promote discussion on the right to abortion

We have created a series of videos to promote discussion on the right to abortion. Questions such as the contribution ...
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URUGUAY: A Statement and a Video to Mark 28 September

Mujer y Salud en Uruguay, together with the Secretary of Gender, Equality and Diversity of the PIT- CNT (National Trade ...
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COLOMBIA: Article on abortion in Colombia

Reaching the moveable middle on abortion in Latin America By Mónica Roa of Women's Link Worldwide, originally published at Open ...
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MARIA FUND, MEXICO launches our new website and blog for 28 September

For 28 September, we launched our new website and the blog: “Yo Aborto, Yo Acompaño, Yo Transformo" The website offers ...

Middle East / Mediterranean

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PALESTINE: National campaign about the risks of unsafe abortion

(Text in Arabic below) The Palestinian Family Planning & Protection Association (PFPPA) has implemented a national campaign about the risks ...

North America

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CANADA: Rally in Toronto

CANADA   Onsite at the #Toronto rally for global access to reproductive choice   https://twitter.com/leighnaturkach/status/648613421143863296 ...
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CANADA: article on accessibility of abortions

There are still many barriers to abortion in Canada Op-Ed by Sandeep Prasad, Executive Director of Action Canada for Sexual ...
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USA: Americans on the barricades

Women activists for the right to abortion keep an eye on the "Pink House", the last clinic in Mississippi to ...
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USA: New Coalition to Expand Access to Mifepristone formed

In June 2015, Gynuity Health Projects launched a Coalition to Expand Access to Mifepristone in the United States. The project ...

Pacific

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AUSTRALIA: #Sept28 Rally to Launch the #end12 Campaign

It is time to unite, rally and have our voices heard. Speakers: Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Spokesperson for Women ...

Western Europe

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EUROPE & MOROCCO: Non coupables! par Claire Serre-Combe

Maroc: 2 ans de prison. Malte: 3 ans de prison. Brésil: 4 ans de prison. Chili: 5 ans de prison ...
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IRELAND: 4th Annual March for Choice in Dublin on Sept 26th and other events

The #MarchForChoice on 26 September was huge! Some 10,000 people marched. Photo from: https://twitter.com/AmnestyIreland/status/647788404365750272/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Tara Flynn was the MC for ...
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PORTUGAL: Petition signed by 28 NGOs was delivered to the Ombudsman

On 22 July 2015, in the last Parliamentary plenary session before the general elections on 4 October, the right-wing majority ...
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SEXUAL RIGHTS INITIATIVE et al: Panel on Unsafe Abortion and Maternal Mortality and Morbidity: What can be done to prevent it?

The Sexual Rights Initiative, together with the Permanent Missions of Norway and Slovenia, the Office of the High Commissioner for ...
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UK: Festival of Choice, London, 22-28 Sept 2015

This year, for the second year in a row, feminist and human rights organisations in the UK have organised the ...
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FRANCE: The second government to take part!

A l'occasion de la journée mondiale pour le droit à l'avortement, Marisol Touraine, ministre des Affaires sociales, de la Santé ...
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CAWN, UK: Briefing Paper on Women’s Reproductive Rights in Latin America

Maternal and reproductive health is high on the international development agenda as critical to address in order to improve the ...
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FRANCE: L’avortement est-il encore un droit?

(Huffington Post, Just a Little Girl) by Cecilia B Hier, c'était la journée mondiale du droit à l'avortement Un droit, ...

International NGOs

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International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion

We spent the last several months collecting signatures on the Open Letter to the heads of UN agencies asking for ...
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IPAS: Abortion is not a crime

Ipas is planning updates to our Abortion is Not a Crime webpage, a photo story and other social media events, ...
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International Planned Parenthood Federation Europe

Screening of the documentary "Vessel" on 27 September, Brussels, Q&A, reception ...
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EUROPE: Sexual Rights Initiative

Global Action on Safe and Legal Abortion Side Event during the Human Rights Council 33rd meeting – In recognition of ...
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WGNRR / LOVE MATTERS

 #StepIntoOurShoes Join us in calling on the global community to #StepIntoOurShoes, by sharing varied experiences, realities, circumstances, stories, and storytelling ...
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ASIA SAFE ABORTION PARTNERSHIP (ASAP)

#LetsTalkAbortion: A month long film festival in the run-up to 28 Sept.  Trailer ...
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UN OHCHR HUMAN RIGHTS EXPERTS

“Unsafe abortion is still killing tens of thousands women around the world” – UN rights experts warn ENGLISH “El aborto ...
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IPPF Europe

IPPF Europe had an article published on the 28th in Euractiv, written by Regional Director, Caroline Hickson, about the importance ...
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Ipas

Movement for safe legal abortion goes global Ipas had a very successful Sept 28 campaign this year. We created this ...
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WGNRR/LOVE MATTERS

We have produced a series of videos as part of our global campaign “Step Into Our Stories, Step Into Our ...
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SEXUAL RIGHTS INITIATIVE

SEXUAL RIGHTS INITIATIVE Oral Statement, September 26th, 2016 , 33rd session of the Human Rights Council Annual discussion on the ...
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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 socialmedia@safeabortionwomensright.org, 30 September 2016 International Safe ...
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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL calls attention to human rights violations for 28 Sept

For the Day of Action on 28 Sept, Amnesty International affirmed that: "Every woman and girl has the right to make ...
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ICWRSA: Tweetathon!

The International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion disseminated eye-catching and accessible infographics on various aspects of a woman’s ...
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IPAS: Social Media #Sept28Campaign

IPAS released hard-hitting images and infographics on social media for 28 September. The most popular of these posts, each shared ...
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WOMEN HELP WOMEN made a video for 28 September

For September 28th, Women Help Women prepared a video called Pill Wars. It illustrates the global reality that access to medical ...
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WGNRR: #BustTheMyths Tweetathon

Report: This September 28, the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights called on members, partners and allies to #BustTheMyths surrounding ...
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IBIS: A new resource on later abortion

On 28 September, Ibis Reproductive Health are excited to launch a redesigned laterabortion.org, as the Later Abortion Initiative. There are limited ...