MALAWI – Through Her Eyes: The harms of abortion criminalisation and the need for reform

This report was developed and produced by Women and Law in Southern Africa Research and Educational Trust–Malawi (WLSA Malawi) and Godfrey Dalitso Kangaude, who is a Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Fellow at the University of Toronto, in collaboration with the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic (IWHRC) at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, USA. It was adapted from a longer, multi-authored and supervised human rights report. In addition to this report, WLSA Malawi, Godfrey … Continued

GHANA – Programme to curb unsafe abortion

The Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) has rolled out a Comprehensive Abortion Care Accountability programme to curb unsafe abortion. Project Director Owusu Banahene notes unsafe abortion is a leading cause of maternal mortality in Ghana, and that stigma and personal values have contributed immensely to unsafe abortion in the country. At a workshop for media practitioners in Kumasi, he said the project will ensure more women especially girls have access to comprehensive abortion care. … Continued

NIGERIA – Nigeria needs to review its 1861 abortion law, high rates of unsafe abortions and unwanted adolescent pregnancies

With over 2.7 million unsafe abortions every year and a high rate of unwanted pregnancies among adolescents, Nigeria is being encouraged to examine its laws, policies and service delivery on contraception and abortion. In Benin City, a youth-led NGO called Connected Advocacy for Empowerment and Youth Development Initiative (CAEYDI) has called on primary healthcare centres to improve youth-friendly reproductive health services to address the high rate of unwanted pregnancies among adolescents and youth in Edo … Continued

UGANDA – Constitutional Court is the first African court to declare maternal health a constitutional right

Congratulations to Moses Mulumba (above), Director of the Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) and three co-petitioners who, after nine years of dedication and perseverance, have received a favourable interpretation from the Constitutional Court of Uganda at Kampala. The Constitutional Court found a violation of the rights to health, life, gender equality and freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment in the preventable deaths in childbirth of two women, Sylvia Nalubowa and Jennifer Anguko, … Continued

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