Right and Access for Women to Safe Abortion in the Middle East & North Africa Region – Meeting Report

On the 15-16 April 2019, the Groupe Tawhida Ben Cheikh, Tunisia, with funding from the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion and the Safe Abortion Action Fund, brought together 17 NGO representatives from eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to discuss regional advocacy strategy on safe abortion and capacity building.

MOROCCO – Demonstration in front of parliament calling for reform of law on abortion

The group demonstrated in front of the Moroccan Parliament in Rabat on 25 June 2019 to demand reform of the law on abortion, because it leads to unsafe, clandestine abortions and child abandonment. On the pavement, they displayed dolls bearing the inscription “Article 453”, which refers to the section of the law that punishes abortion from six months to five years of imprisonment except when the health of the mother is in danger. Their banners … Continued

MOROCCO – Action at Ministry of Health by the Moroccan Alternative Movement for Individual Freedoms (MALI)

MALI is a feminist, universalist, secularist and pro-choice movement fighting for abortion rights. MALI held a protest action in Rabat in the evening of 24 April 2019. A French web TV station was there to film it as part of the 6th episode of a video series entitled “L’IVG c’est sacré” (Abortion, it’s sacred), made by a group of young women called Clit Revolution, who come from a number of different countries. The MALI protest … Continued

MOROCCO – New abortion law reform bill tabled while six people go on trial for clandestine abortions

It has been four years since the King called for abortion law reform and more than a year since a bill was tabled in the parliament to accomplish just that. Touria Alaoui Skalli, a specialist in obstetrics & gynaecology and a member of the PPS majority party in the House of Representatives, has not given up and decided to table a bill once again. Her previous attempt was presented to the Social Affairs Committee in … Continued

LEBANON – “She started taking all sorts of over-the-counter medication….”: racism and xenophobia limit access to services in humanitarian settings

The last decade has seen a drastic increase in the number of people who are displaced or living in conflict zones, and in need of humanitarian assistance. In 2016, it was estimated that of the approximately 100 million people who received humanitarian aid, an estimated 26 million were women and girls of reproductive age. Their sexual and reproductive health and rights require urgent attention. The insecurities inherent to conflict situations, and subsequent life as a … Continued

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