Backstreet abortions are still being done in Zimbabwe using knitting needles, spoons, dishwashing liquid, dangerous pills and concoctions. They are putting the lives of hundreds of women at risk. A lot are dying and suffering in silence, while others do not seek medical help until it is too late. There are more than 60,000 unsafe abortions each year, half of them in adolescents. 16% percent of maternal deaths are due to unsafe abortions. The 2016 … Continued
The public health problem of unsafe abortion has been the subject of news articles, debates and advocacy campaigns in Zimbabwe going back a long time. Starting in 2017, the Women’s Action Group (WAG) began to implement a project working with a range of national and international partners, whose ultimate goal is to empower and girls to utilise the existing law to access safe abortion services without stigma, and to reduce unsafe abortion-related deaths and morbidity … Continued
TC was two months pregnant when she slipped the pink pills inside herself, lay down on her bed, and prayed they would do their job. They had to. She was 22. Her boyfriend, a foreign student in Zimbabwe on a scholarship, loved her fiercely. But he was broke. So was she. She lived with her cousin and didn’t have a job. A baby simply was not in the cards. For days, she tried to hide … Continued
A community dialogue in Bindura on abortion was organised by a consortium of NGOs, including Right Here, Right Now, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Real Open Opportunities Trust Support and Katswe Sisterhood in the last week of November 2018. Zimbabwe has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world, estimated at 651 maternal deaths per 100 000 live births, in contrast to a declining worldwide trend. Members of the National Assembly from three … Continued
Four in 10 women in Zimbabwe who had clandestine abortions in 2016 experienced complications – such as haemorrhage and infections – that required medical treatment. However, only half of women who needed treatment received it.