COLOMBIA – La Mesa receives award from Canadian Embassy

Compañeras, saludo cordial, Con mucha alegría y orgullo queremos contarles que La Mesa por la Vida y la Salud por las Mujeres fue la ganadora del premio Líderes de Derechos Humanos: Rostros por la igualdad concedido por la Embajada de Canadá en Colombia. Esto nos motiva a seguir luchando y reivindicando los derechos sexuales y reproductivos de las mujeres. Con cariño les compartimos este reconocimiento que creemos es una buena señal de respaldo a la … Continued

COMMISSION ON STATUS OF WOMEN / UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE – Anti-abortion attempts to sabotage CSW and other high-level meetings

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) has been a major focus of those involved in health systems and health systems financing for many years now. That work is about to come to fruition. A one-day, high-level meeting is scheduled for 23 September 2019 in New York City, the day before the UN General Assembly opens. It will focus on the theme: ‘UHC: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World’. It will approve a “concise and action-oriented political … Continued

MACEDONIA – Parliament has passed new abortion legislation: report from HERA

On 14 March 2019, the Macedonian Parliament adopted new abortion legislation which fully respects women’s rights and choice for pregnancy termination. HERA (Health Education and Research Association) and other civil society organisations (CSOs) were members of the Ministry of Health working group for drafting the new law. Some 90% of the clauses proposed by CSOs were included in the final text, meaning this law is indeed a great win for all women and women/gender organisations … Continued

COSTA RICA – Shadow Report for the Universal Periodic Review 2019

On 13 May 2019, Costa Rica will be examined during the Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council, which reviews all states with the aim of improving the situation in each country as regards respect for and guarantee of the human rights of all people. In anticipation of this examination, civil society organisations in Costa Rica launched the campaign “Costa Rica and human rights: available or not?”. Our shadow report will be made … Continued

UGANDA – Why we should prevent unsafe abortion

In July 2018 a woman living in a Kampala suburb hired a 17-year-old maid. She soon noticed the maid tended to sleep a lot and was also using a lot of sanitary towels. A week later, the girl admitted she had abdominal pain, and there was growing evidence that she had intermittent bleeding from her vagina, including episodes of heavy bleeding. The woman made an appointment to take her to a gynaecologist. At first, the … Continued

ALBERTA, CANADA – Province backs proposal to protect schools from anti-abortion protests

On 14 March a candidate for provincial office in the upcoming May elections said she had been approached by constituents about anti-abortion demonstrations taking place outside a number of schools, including, it seems, a kindergarten. The protesters were filmed and the video, uploaded to social media, showed that a number of the students were visibly upset by the demonstrations and the horrible, misleading visuals they used. The candidate called for changes to the government’s anti-abortion … Continued

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