SOUTH AFRICA – Street Clean-up by Partners in Sexual Health and Siyakwazi Youth Network

To mark International Safe Abortion Day, 28 September 2019, Partners in Sexual Health and the Siyakwazi Youth Network took down misleading abortion posters in Cape Town and replaced them with posters that have proper and accurate information. More images available via: @siyakwaziyouth / @PSH_SRHR

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

SOUTH AFRICA – Abortion service providers quitting in the face of hostility from colleagues

Lack of support for abortion service providers in the public health sector in South Africa has led to an exodus of qualified people who have been trained to provide abortion services. Stigma and judgement from their colleagues have made their working conditions so difficult that many opt to leave the service rather than continue to work in a hostile environment. According to Kgaladi Mphahlele, the Doctors Without Borders’ Choice of Termination of Pregnancy Manager in … Continued

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.

SOUTH AFRICA – Reproductive justice: the missing issue in party manifestos for today’s elections

In every election period, political parties commit to improving service delivery, the economy, and tackling the enormous wealth, race and gender inequalities within South Africa. At 51% of the population, and 55% of the electorate, women outnumber men, yet politicians rarely address policies towards increasing their access to sexual and reproductive health services, especially in poor communities. This gap highlights the lack of reproductive justice in South Africa, which requires the right to bodily autonomy, … Continued

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