The Vice Minister of Public Health in Uruguay, who introduced a harm reduction policy for reducing the risk of unsafe abortions before the country’s abortion law was reformed, has suggested a similar policy in relation to Zika infection | WHO releases new advice on Olympic Games, Zika infection, pregnancy and safer sex.
A 16-year-old Brazilian girl reported she had been raped by more than 30 men around 21 May. The case has sparked intense debate on social media platforms about the rape culture, macho behaviour, the naturalisation of violence against women within male peer groups, and talking to children about consent.
A video by Católicas pelo Direito de Decidir (Catholics for the Right to Decide, Brazil) launching a campaign for a secular politics in Brazil, not one dominated by religious extremisms.
The Ministry of Social Development has been announcing that it would grant access to a social security benefit known as the BCP (in the value of one monthly minimum wage: US$ 300) for all mothers of babies affected by Zika related congenital syndrome. However, since then, the only concrete measure that has been adopted was the transfer of additional resources to states to accelerate the diagnostics of Zika infections and related effects.
Report by Sonia Corrêa from Sexuality Policy Watch