The Punjab Health Minister, Dr Yasmin Rashid, addressed a seminar on “Ending Gender-Based Violence”, held under the ambit of the Punjab Government, in collaboration with UN Women. “It saddens me that some people get to know about the sex of the baby during pregnancy and abort the child if it were not a boy,” she said. She reiterated that no society can move forward without empowering women. “Violence against a woman disturbs the whole family … Continued
USA Pregnant against their will, with few options, and fearing for their lives and safety “I’m in the family way again, and I’m nearly crazy, for when my husband finds out that I’m going to have another baby, he will beat the life out of me… Please write to me and help me.” (USA, Birth Control Review, 1917) “I am in need of help desperately. I am pregnant and cannot have this baby. My … Continued
The Peace Foundation Pakistan runs a project for reducing unsafe abortions in rural areas of Sindh, Pakistan, with the Safe Abortion Action Fund. They organize free mobile camps to provide misoprostol and family planning services in rural areas of Sindh, and take photographs of misoprostol users, with their permission, to publish and share elsewhere, in order to provide evidence of the acceptance of misoprostol by women.
The hotline was funded by Mama Cash and technical assistances provided by Women on Waves and Women on Web. This was the only hotline of its kind in Asia when it was launched (now there are hotlines in six other Asian countries) and it was the first ever in an Islamic country.