28 September, International Safe Abortion Day, is the annual day of action in support of the right to safe abortion. It has been celebrated since 1990 in Latin America, and since 2011 around the world. Recent years have seen hundreds of activities in dozens of countries across all global regions. National and world leaders have begun to make statements in support of the day, and a growing number of media outlets report national and international events and write articles on the theme.
Our theme for 2023
This year’s Call to Action is to build an unstoppable movement, organise and support solidarity actions when they are requested, demand the right to bodily autonomy against oppressive and unresponsive policies and call for universal access to safe abortion and justice for all those who are faced with an unwanted pregnancy and need an abortion.
In the past year, we have seen positive law reform in some countries, including from constitutional courts and national parliaments, and polls showing majority support for safe, legal abortion. At the same time, we have seen greater restrictions imposed in other countries, which arise not from religious or cultural values but from governments dominated by right-wing, anti-democratic, repressive policies, which seek to restrict women’s lives in many ways, not just one.
This year, as every year before this, we focus on the importance of both individual stories and the power of collective action at the local, national, regional and international level. We are also highlighting how young people are a powerhouse of unstoppable forces, taking leadership in the movement, employing innovative advocacy strategies to champion safe abortion rights and reproductive justice ore widely. They bring fresh perspectives, creative ideas, and a relentless drive for change. The leadership of young women is not just inspiring, it is essential.
THE TOOLKIT & CAMPAIGN MATERIALS
CHANGE HAPPENS IN COUNTRIES:
LET’S BUILD MORE ACTIONS IN MORE COUNTRIES THAN EVER BEFORE!!!