ASIA & PACIFIC – Status of adolescents in Asia and the Pacific Region: infographics

Infographics from ARROW covering data on the adolescent birth rate, the numbers living with HIV/AIDS, adolescent girls and violence, menstruation taboos, child and forced marriages, and recommendations for governments for improving adolescent girls’ rights fulfilment and equality.

VIETNAM – We did not talk about it (her abortion). It was not a happy story

In Vietnam, abortion has been recognized as a women’s right in the early period of time under the Law on Protection of People’s Health in 1989. For 30 years, despite very few occasions that abortion and its legislation are up to debate, the effort of anti-abortion campaigners usually fails to achieve their restriction in the national assembly meeting. However, this does not mean that safe abortion access is easy for everyone. We face issues of provider stigma, sexuality stigma, sex-selection politics and issues in the quality of abortion care.

NEPAL – First, health workers must feel safe doing their jobs

If we want women to have access to abortion and contraceptive care during the pandemic, we must make sure health workers feel safe doing their jobs. Our Ipas team in Nepal recently saw this firsthand. At a health center in a rural district of Nepal, providers felt unsafe giving women contraceptive implants because they lacked personal protective equipment (PPE). They had started only offering condoms and contraceptive pills, limiting women’s options. One provider told the … Continued

INDIA – Aval – A Malayalam Short Film

Although India has fairly liberal laws when it comes to abortion, medical professionals are often hostile to women who approach them to get the procedure done. In cinema, too, abortion has been equated to murder far too many times. With the glorification of pregnancy and motherhood, this important reproductive right which gives women autonomy over their own bodies is demonised repeatedly.


In our 3 June newsletter, we reported that the Choice Network in Thailand had handed in a petition that some of us signed addressed to the Department of Health, calling for telemedicine for early abortion and access to safe abortion for everyone who requested it. The Department of Health (DOH) organized two online meetings to talk about this, which our colleagues participated in. They DOH agreed with providing telemedicine during the crisis as a concept, but … Continued

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