BRAZIL – Covid-19 and the wounded uterus

“The news report described her as an anonymous 31-year-old woman. The subheading read: “Case happened in Bom Jesus do Norte”. From what we know, she was the first woman to die from a clandestine abortion in Brazil during the coronavirus pandemic. She was two months pregnant, according to her husband. Twice she sought help at unsafe abortion houses. She tried a hose, potassium permanganate, syringes. She died of cardiac arrest. Why did she persist? We do not know, nor do her innermost reasons matter. It is enough to know that she was a woman determined not to be forced into maternity during the pandemic.”

MEXICO – Acting as watchdog over the State and highlighting civil society’s contribution

To address the current obstacles to Mexican women’s exercise of their rights, civil society organizations and activists have come together to create the Observatory on Gender and Covid-19. The Observatory will serve as a watchdog over the State while highlighting civil society’s contribution to a future where gender equality and justice are the new normal. The platform seeks to raise awareness on specific issues that, given the inequality that prevails in Mexico, affect various groups of … Continued

URUGUAY – Contá Conmigo

From Uruguay, we want to share our stigma-busting, storytelling project called “Contá Conmigo”.  Although abortion has largely been decriminalised in Uruguay, it continues to be highly stigmatised. This project provides a platform for people who have had abortions to tell their stories and experiences in their own words. The name of the project is a play on words that aims to convey the two main meanings of the verb “contar” in Spanish, which means to tell … Continued

FOUR FACES OF CONTEMPORARY ANTI-ABORTION MOVEMENTS: CROATIA, LATIN AMERICA, MOLDOVA, USA

The combination of anti-abortion views, religious fanaticism, populism and right-wing politics is a dangerous cocktail. But that is what has been emerging in recent years as the underpinnings of contemporary anti-abortion movements in different parts of the world, with the added danger that they are connecting internationally. Here are four recent reports from Croatia, Latin America, Moldova and the USA

URUGUAY/SOUTH AFRICA – Abortion, health and gender stereotypes: a critical analysis of the Uruguayan and South African abortion laws through the lens of human rights

“…Undoubtedly, abortion is a human rights issue. But, when we talk about abortion and human rights, what do we talk about? Who do we talk about? When a topic is paradoxically so taboo and so common, so prevalent and so widely restricted, it is difficult to decide where our starting point should be. There are, indeed, multiple ways of critically grappling with the topic of abortion. This thesis critically analyses domestic laws that are considered ‘good laws’, using a human rights-based approach to health and engaging with broader societal concerns of power relations – gender stereotypes, more specifically…”

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