The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the differential access to safe and legal abortion across Europe since March 2020. Lockdowns have confined women to their homes and borders have been closed, making it difficult for women living in countries with restrictive laws to cross a national border to find a legal abortion, while access to in-person, hospital-based abortion care has become considerably more difficult to find and arrange in many countries.
Senegal has signed and ratified all international and regional legal instruments relating to the protection of human rights in general and the rights of women and children in particular, including the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, on women’s rights in Africa, known as the Maputo Protocol.
This September 28, SAIGE (Safe Abortion Advocacy Initiative – A Global South Engagement) and its partners support International Safe Abortion Day with the theme: “Self-managed abortion” by focusing our demands around access to medical abortion as an important method for women seeking to end pregnancies. We come from an understanding that the lived realities of the global south are unique and our lived experiences need to be centred in the discourse on access to medical … Continued
Through a collective action led by the Causa Justa (Just Cause) Movement, on 16 September 2020, 91 organisations and 134 activists, including Women’s Link Worldwide, who work for the defence of women’s rights at the national level, filed a joint lawsuit asking the Constitutional Court of Colombia to eliminate the crime of abortion from the Penal Code for violating the fundamental rights of women and health personnel. Currently, abortion is legal in three circumstances, but … Continued
“In February this year, a 20-year-old unmarried woman was brought to our emergency ward with abdominal pain and rash on her legs and lower abdomen. Her blood pressure was almost unrecordable. It was clear from her appearance that she suffered from disseminated intravascular coagulation, a complication of severe infection. The rashes on her body were, in fact, bleeding underneath her skin…”