SENEGAL – Laws on abortion and other girls’ and women’s rights to be amended

Laws related to abortion and other rights of girls and women are soon be amended in Senegal. On 26 July, during a dinner discussion organised by the Association de Juristes de Senegal (AJS), the government director of human rights, Moussa Ka, explained that the State had made a commitment to establish a technical committee to review the legislative and regulatory provisions that discriminate against women with the aim of modifying them. This, he said, included … Continued

CAMEROON – Medications easily bought from illegal street sellers, including misoprostol

Landry Kouam, a pharmacist in Baham (West) and a member of the Collective of Pharmacists of Cameroon, decided to film himself playing the role of a customer seeking medicines in different parts of Cameroon with a small, discreet camera placed in a button of his shirt. His aim was to collect evidence on the illegal sale of drugs in shops and markets, but he visited hospital pharmacies as well. Many Cameroonian merchants, he said, appear … Continued

MADAGASCAR – Madagascar’s ‘angel makers’ flourish in ban on abortion

Abortion is illegal on Madagascar. Although prosecution is rare, an attempt to decriminalise abortion was pushed back by the parliament in 2017. A 44-year-old woman with six children keeps a secret behind a flimsy wooden gate at the back of her vegetable garden. “There are around eight fetuses buried here,” she said. “With them lies a baby delivered prematurely at seven months.” In each case, she said, when they were removed from her body, she … Continued

SOUTH AFRICA – Man sentenced to 12 years for killing 44-year-old girlfriend for having an abortion

The Polokwane High Court on Monday sentenced a 39-year-old man to 12 years in prison for killing his girlfriend in March 2018. Police officers near the woman’s home received a report that a woman was being stabbed on a farm. When the police arrived, they found her body with multiple stab wounds. The murderer had fled the scene but was tracked down to his hometown in Botswana and later extradited to stand trial in South … Continued

MOZAMBIQUE – The growing toll of the Global Gag Rule

First-trimester abortion has been legal in Mozambique since 2014. AMODEFA, the national family planning association, refused to sign the Trump iteration of the Gag Rule. They lost 60% of their budget, were forced to lay off one-third of their staff, had to close clinics across the country and dramatically reduce the services at the clinics that remained open. Half of their innovative youth clinics were shuttered. Family planning and contraceptive services, HIV testing and treatment, … Continued

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