28 May: Coalition urges Queensland Attorney General to act on abortion law reform

For the 28 May International Day of Action on Women’s Health, a coalition of legal, medical and community groups called on the Queensland Government to demonstrate a commitment to women’s health and refer abortion to the state’s Law Reform Commission. May 28 signalled three months since the government had committed to making this referral, as a step towards fully decriminalising abortion in Queensland. The coalition included: Human Rights Law Centre, Children by Choice, Fair Agenda, … Continued

Joining together in solidarity following the election of Trump, USA

On 9 November, Rewire reported: “Following the election of Republican Donald Trump to the White House, women of color in New York City are joining together over the next four days in solidarity against misogyny, racism, Islamophobia, and anti-immigrant sentiments. “This action builds on October’s #GOPHandsOffMe protests, when women of color and survivors took to the streets and made videos in response to the tape in which the president-elect could be heard through a hot … Continued

Politicians, academia, and civil society organisations call for speedy abortion law reforms in Malawi

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In August 2015, political parties endorsed abortion law reforms in Malawi as currently abortion is illegal and is punishable by a maximum of 14 years in jail except in cases where the pregnancy threatens the life of a woman. The bill is currently at Cabinet level but Members of Parliament have openly asked civil society for more civic education on the issue, as politicians are shy, they say, about speaking of the bill in their constituencies.

Guía de Incidencia para la Promoción y Defensa del Derecho al Aborto Legal y Seguro en Latinoamerica y el Caribe

This is a new advocacy guide for the promotion and defence of the right to legal and safe abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is primarily for sexual and reproductive rights activists and lawyers in order to contribute to a better understanding of key legal arguments they may use to drive legal reforms regarding abortion in their countries, through parliamentary debates, strategic litigation, and academic discussion in different forums.

Strategies to advance abortion rights and access in restrictive settings: a cross-country analysis

In 2015, Pathfinder undertook a cross-country stakeholder analysis to identify key characteristics of strategies adopted to advance abortion rights and access, focusing on four countries – Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, and Democratic Republic of Congo – in which they and their partners have collaborated toward this end. This technical brief explores key themes from these four countries, each representing differing profiles of legal and social abortion restrictiveness.

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