Following our statement of support for the World Health Organisation against the recent attacks by the US Trump administration, here are four more items of support, including a civil society letter and statements from IAWG, IPPF and Ipas.
“Evidence shows that women and girls are disproportionately affected during any humanitarian situation and their health problems are often unmet, face violence and sometimes lead to the situation where their lives are in danger due to lack of medical care during childbirth, adoption of harmful practices in terminating unwanted pregnancies. To prevent these situations, the government should devise an alternate plan where women have full access to health service they need but at the same … Continued
“The study found that funding for public health care in South Sudan has not been prioritized, with just 1.2% (USD 14 million) of the national budget allocated for this purpose. This has resulted in international organizations using donor funding to try to fill the gap. Despite the enormous financial investment, the medical response for survivors of sexual violence remains weak. “The report found that there is, on average, only one health facility per 10,000 people … Continued
The first pardon came in 2016, when 62 girls and women were released who had been imprisoned for abortion under the age of 16. Many of them had become pregnant following sexual abuse. Then, the Law of 2018 introduced some reform. It said that any person who self-induces an abortion is committing an offence, and if convicted, is liable to imprisonment for 1–3 years and subject to a fine. However, the law also said criminal … Continued
This report—which draws on 100 responses to a global qualitative survey from women, non-binary, and trans persons with disabilities—outlines how responses to COVID-19 have further marginalized a population made vulnerable due to discrimination and stigma at the intersection of gender and disability. Respondents said their healthcare needs were being overlooked, particularly related to sexual and reproductive health, and they feared that they would be left behind should their States need to “ration” healthcare. They were … Continued