NEPAL – Time to act: laws abound to end discrimination against women, but a political will to implement them is a must

Nepal has always demonstrated its commitment to women’s rights, and has been a pioneer in South Asia in recognising, protecting and fulfilling women’s rights. We appeal to the government to continue treading this progressive path, and uphold women’s SRHR during these turbulent times where we are witnessing a massive push back and regression of women’s rights globally. 

Early marriage, early pregnancies and unsafe abortions reported in a rural area of Ghana

Unsafe abortion among teenagers has reached an alarming state at Brohani, a farming community in the Banda District of the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana, according to Madam Mamunatu Ibrahim, the midwife in-charge of the Brohani Rural Clinic. She said in an interview with the Ghana News Agency that the practice was growing among girls aged 13 to 15 years. Although she could not provide figures on cases reported, Madam Ibrahim said early marriage was the … Continued

Adolescents muse on reproductive health encounters in Zambia

  “Currently, many stakeholders are investing a lot in changing attitudes and behaviours rather than addressing the primary drivers of unsafe abortions among adolescent girls. Issues of gender inequality, sexual violence and coercion and poverty are often not given that much attention. Many efforts also fail to recognise the role of men and boys in addressing unsafe abortions among adolescent girls,” explains 22-year-old Robert Mumba, a peer educator and youth rights advocate. Mumba, who has … Continued

16-year-old girl dies from unsafe abortion in Kenya: emergency treatment couldn’t save her

Residents of Nyalenda in Kisumu County are still recovering from a very traumatic incident in which a 16-year-old girl was found by her mother lying in the corridor of her home half dead, vomiting and bleeding profusely from complications of an unsafe abortion. “Elizabeth” was rushed to the hospital and eventually was able to receive emergency treatment. However, it was too late – her uterus had to be removed because infection had damaged it completely. … Continued

UN General Comment No. 20 (2016) on the implementation of the rights of the child during adolescence

  The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has issued a new General Comment on Adolescents which includes very progressive and strong language on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and rights of adolescents. Among many other advancements, the new General Comment: > Recognizes that states should remove parental authorization requirements for SRH info and services (para. 60) >Urges states to consider introducing a presumption of capacity for adolescents seeking preventative and time-sensitive SRH … Continued

Committee on Rights of the Child General Comment No. 20 (2016) on implementation of the rights of the child during adolescence

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This is some of the first language in a treaty body general comment reconciling adolescents’ evolving capacities with the ability to consent to sexual and reproductive health services, explicitly affirming adolescents’ autonomy and decision-making in the context of their sexual and reproductive health and rights, and addressing the issue of sexual consent for adolescents.

Girls find their voices through “Listen To Me” clubs in grassroots communities in Uganda

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From a small, slummy village in the outskirts of Kisowera in Kawempe division, on the boundary of Kampala and Wakiso district in Uganda, many adolescent girls spend the whole day sleeping. Why? Because from 6pm in the evening, this small town begins to fill up with young girls in search of survival benefits. Few girls in this area go to school, and those who do so are usually pulled out due to unwanted pregnancies before … Continued

Alliance of Women to Advocate for Change, sex workers’ group, call for safe abortion in Uganda

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“Abortion is a fact of life. It is estimated that over 300,000 illegal abortions are being performed in the country every year. With a maternal mortality ratio of 438 per 100,000 live births, more than a quarter (26 per cent) of these deaths is attributed to unsafe abortions; decriminalizing access to safe and legal abortion services in Uganda is key to reducing unnecessary deaths.”

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