The Punjab Health Minister, Dr Yasmin Rashid, addressed a seminar on “Ending Gender-Based Violence”, held under the ambit of the Punjab Government, in collaboration with UN Women. “It saddens me that some people get to know about the sex of the baby during pregnancy and abort the child if it were not a boy,” she said. She reiterated that no society can move forward without empowering women. “Violence against a woman disturbs the whole family … Continued
When at 19 Mehnaz became pregnant for the fifth time, she panicked. She already had four daughters, and her husband was threatening to throw her out if she had another. So she had an abortion. “I kept taking tablets – whatever I laid my hands on,” she says. “I lifted heavy things” – like the furniture in her tiny living room. She drank brews of boiled dates – many Pakistanis believe the beverage triggers labour. … Continued
Gulalai Ismail, is the co-founder and chair of Aware Girls in Pakistan and an award-winning human rights activist. She was detained at the Islamabad airport on 12 October 2018 by the Federal Investigative Agency on her return from the UK. Her passport was confiscated and she was told she would soon be sent to jail in Swabi for speaking at a peace rally on 12 August, where she gave a welcome speech. A police case … Continued
USA Pregnant against their will, with few options, and fearing for their lives and safety “I’m in the family way again, and I’m nearly crazy, for when my husband finds out that I’m going to have another baby, he will beat the life out of me… Please write to me and help me.” (USA, Birth Control Review, 1917) “I am in need of help desperately. I am pregnant and cannot have this baby. My … Continued
The Peace Foundation Pakistan runs a project for reducing unsafe abortions in rural areas of Sindh, Pakistan, with the Safe Abortion Action Fund. They organize free mobile camps to provide misoprostol and family planning services in rural areas of Sindh, and take photographs of misoprostol users, with their permission, to publish and share elsewhere, in order to provide evidence of the acceptance of misoprostol by women.
The Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) has been working since 1993 to champion women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Their January 2017 e-newsletter, Issue 1, highlights five short videos on SRHR issues in Cambodia, China, India, Nepal, and Philippines. We highlight two of them here, which are on safe abortion in Cambodia and Nepal, both countries that have legalised early abortions, highlighting the fact that many women are not yet aware of this.
The hotline was funded by Mama Cash and technical assistances provided by Women on Waves and Women on Web. This was the only hotline of its kind in Asia when it was launched (now there are hotlines in six other Asian countries) and it was the first ever in an Islamic country.
Statement from the Peace Foundation, Pakistan “We have been hearing so many sweet coded words that now with legal abortion women will be free, have access to reproductive justice. Legislation regarding abortion is often proved meaningless, however, because wherever abortion is legal, barriers are still posing threats for safe abortion seekers, providers and advocates. The law on abortion is highly restrictive in Pakistan. But the situation for many women is not different in Nepal or … Continued
On September 28 the Peace Foundation Pakistan gathered around 25 young girls and women to implement September 28’s Signature Action: Bust the Balloons, Bust the Myths! We also showed a video on the use of medical abortion in Pakistan. The video and the photos of women in it show the courage of rural women and girls, conveying the message that they should not be afraid or ashamed, but that they are practising their basic rights. … Continued