With physical access to health facilities in Pakistan severely limited by the country’s rapidly growing number of Covid-19 cases, providing women and girls an alternative way to get reproductive health counseling and information “is the need of the hour,” says Ghulam Shabbir Awan, director of Ipas Pakistan. A new telehealth initiative is helping meet that need. The project is a joint effort by Ipas Pakistan, provincial departments of health and Sehat Kahani Pakistan, a non-governmental organization working … Continued
Letter, by the Federation of Reproductive Health Associations Malaysia. We, leaders and representatives of civil society organisations, professional societies, scientific associations, faith-based organisations, government agencies and departments, private for-profit entities, non-governmental, non-profit organisations, and citizens of Malaysia, are united to reduce unintended adolescent pregnancies in Malaysia.
Ground reality reveals deep-rooted patriarchy that has a hold on both formal state institutions and informal ones. One would think it is simple – one’s body belongs to oneself. The reality is that a woman’s body does not belong entirely to her. It belongs to the state, family, religious institutions and ideology. Globally, controlling a woman’s body is one of the tools used to maintain the deeply entrenched patriarchal status quo. For centuries, this is how it has been, regardless of the advancement societies make. That simple idea then that a woman’s body belongs to her is in fact really, even in this day and age, a radical one.
In March 2020, Swati (name changed) decided to end her pregnancy of 24 weeks, after her partner refused to marry her and ended the relationship. She went to the Madhya Pradesh High Court pleading that the pregnancy was affecting her mental health, and that if she gave birth, the child would “suffer the mental torture” throughout its life. The court refused to give permission. The state government had argued that there were no grounds for … Continued
A petition was filed by Syeda Nasrin, a Supreme Court lawyer, who argued that sections of the British colonial-era Penal Code contradict articles of Bangladesh’s Constitution. She said the Penal Code violated constitutional rights to life, body, privacy, liberty and freedom of choice, and that giving birth to a child and accepting motherhood constitute essential parts of these rights. In response, the High Court bench of judges Tariq-ul-Hakim and SM Kuddus Zaman, issued a ruling … Continued