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SOUTH KOREA – South Korean women campaigned hard for abortion law reform: and they got it!!!!

Since 6 April, some 60 pro-choice activist groups have been rallying in central Seoul, as have some 40 anti-abortion groups. Although a large majority in a recent survey of 10,000 people supported legalising abortion, not everyone agreed. In 2017, a ...

RWANDA – All 367 women in prison related to abortion/infanticide pardoned and released, but more is called for

On 4 April 2019, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda pardoned 367 people who were in prison for having or assisting in the offences of abortion or infanticide, a move that was welcomed by women’s rights activists. The women were all ...

AUSTRALIA – Good news and bad news

On 10 April, the Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) reports, in a landmark decision, the High Court confirmed that women have the right to safely and privately access reproductive healthcare without being accosted and intimidated. Four years ago, they played ...

UN COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN – Reports on the 63rd annual CSW meeting

Sexuality Policy Watch wrote: “Since the mid-2000s, as anti-feminist forces began attending its sessions in increasingly larger numbers, the UN Commission on the Status of Women became a battlefield. Tensions and deadlocks intensified in recent years as de-democratizing trends mushroomed ...

52ND COMMISSION ON POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT – Oral statement delivered by Asian Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW)

Universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality are foundational to the full implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Asia Pacific ...

CONCEPT FOUNDATION – Quality-assured mifepristone–misoprostol combi-pack

The Concept Foundation is finalizing the first part of a project with the goal to increase the availability and accessibility of quality-assured, affordable combi-packs of medical abortion pills to all women who seek a safe medical abortion. So far, the ...