GABON – Introducing laws to promote gender equality and relax abortion restrictions

Rose Christiane Raponda, who last year became Gabon’s first woman Prime Minister, said that Parliament should allow mutual consent divorce and eliminate requirements that women obey their husbands and notify them when opening a bank account. These legal changes aim to tackle the problems of violence and discrimination that women face in our society,” she said.

The government’s proposals also plan to allow abortions beyond the current limit of 10 weeks of pregnancy in cases of rape, incest or in case of risk to the life of the woman. That’s an important improvement, but abortions will remain illegal in most other cases.

SOURCE : Afrique-Centrale, 29 March 2021 ; VISUAL : Guttmacher Institute