CALL FOR PAPERS: COLLOQUIUM, Centre for Human Rights – University of Pretoria

The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa, will host a colloquium on #SafeAbortion and realising women’s human rights from 16 to 17 January 2020. The colloquium is about developing responses to the persistence of unsafe abortion in the African region. The Centre invites abstracts on overcoming barriers to safe abortion in the #African region. The focus is two-fold: critically exploring laws, policies and practices that serve as barriers to access to safe abortion; and suggesting reforms to overcome the barriers in consonance with women’s human rights. The colloquium seeks to bring together scholars, practitioners and researchers from the African region and beyond working on various aspects of abortion.

Political economy analysis for health: editorial

Political economy analysis for health: editorial by Michael R Reich Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2019;97(8):514  DOI: 10.2471/BLT.19.238311 (Open access) “Achieving the health targets of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) depends on favourable political economy factors. Policy reform can be best understood, analysed and managed by recognizing how political economy shapes what happens in the reform process. Political economy can be broadly defined as the study of both politics and economics, specifically the interactions … Continued

TEENAGE PREGNANCY – Lessons learned from national government- led efforts to reduce adolescent pregnancy in Chile, England and Ethiopia

Adolescent pregnancy is a global public health challenge. Most births to adolescents (95%) occur in developing countries, where an estimated 21 million girls aged 15–19 became pregnant in 2016, of whom 12 million gave birth. In those countries, an estimated 2.5 million girls under 16 give birth every year.

ABORTION GAMES – Developers are using video games, live-action role-playing games and interactive documentaries, to enact conversations about abortion decisions

The year is 1972. You’re part of an underground network of feminists in Chicago that provide illegal (at the time) abortion services…. It’s politically fraught. It’s a live-action role-playing game by Jon Cole and Kelley Vanda called The Abortionists, which requires three players, one facilitator, six hours and a willingness to dig deep into the painful history of reproductive rights in the United States…. Trapped began as a card game, developed at Women’s Health Specialists in California, and was expanded … Continued

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