OPINION: Gender counts: Why investing in data on girls means transforming the future
We cannot possibly understand the situation and needs of girls without reliable data, especially for the most vulnerable and marginalised
by Karin Hulshof and Bjorn Andersson | UNFPA
Friday, 11 October 2019
It’s an undeniable fact that even in the 21st century, whether you are born a girl or a boy will shape to a large extent the lives and opportunities of the vast majority of the 2.3 billion children and adolescents around the world.
Quite simply, gender counts – with girls at a distinct disadvantage.
Teen Girls Need Access to Safe and Legal Abortion
On International Day of the Girl, Imagine Life with Reproductive Rights Guaranteed
Margaret Wurth, Senior Researcher, Children's Rights Division MargaretWurth
October 11, 2019
Today, on International Day of the Girl, we have an opportunity to reflect on what life could be like if girls around the world had access to safe and legal abortion. I’ve done research in countries with some of the world’s harshest abortion laws. I’ve met girls and young women whose lives were derailed by an unplanned pregnancy during adolescence.
“Lucely,” from the Dominican Republic, became pregnant at age 16. “Everything ended right there,” she said. Abortion is banned in all circumstances in the country, so she couldn’t get a safe and legal abortion. She tried using a home remedy to end the pregnancy, but it didn’t work. She gave birth, and without a support network to help her, she dropped out of school.
Abortion Remains an Unresolved Issue: ICPD25 Meeting next Month
By Osamu Kusumoto
Osamu Kusumoto is Secretary General and Executive Director of Asian Population and Development Association (APDA)
TOKYO, Japan, Oct 9 2019 (IPS) - Currently, the topic of abortion as human rights leaves the world bustling. When the state of Alabama1 in the United States enacted a very strict ban on abortion, it shocked the world. This prompted so-called conservative movements, led by female business owners, to make a full-scale advertisement in the New York Times claiming abortion is a human right2 ; hence the global debate between pro-life and pro-choice.
This discussion is a remnant of the debate at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994. Twenty Five years into the ICPD and the struggle between opposing views persists, causing the continued disruption in the accessibility of women to reproductive health. This is especially true in developing countries.
UK will step up efforts to end preventable deaths of mothers, new-born babies and children in the developing world by 2030
UK aid will invest in more vaccines, prioritise access to healthcare for women and girls, and invest in research to diagnose and treat diseases.
Published 2 October 2019
From: Department for International Development and The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP
A commitment has been made to prioritise ending preventable deaths of mothers, new-born babies and children in the developing world by 2030.
To achieve this, UK aid will invest in more vaccines for deadly diseases, prioritise access to healthcare for women and girls around the world, and invest in research to diagnose and treat diseases more quickly and effectively.
International Safe Abortion Day
All states must ensure access to safe and legal abortion as a matter of human rights, say UN experts
28 September 2019
GENEVA (27 September 2019) – As an essential reproductive healthcare service for women and girls, access to safe and legal abortion is critical to ensure their fundamental right to autonomy, equality and to physical and mental health, UN human rights experts* said.
On the occasion of International Safe Abortion Day, the experts issue the following statement:
“Denial of access to safe and legal abortion drives service provision underground into the hands of unqualified practitioners, and exacerbates the risks to the health and safety of the affected women, in the form of pregnancy-related injuries and death. It is estimated that 25 million unsafe abortions take place every year, causing the preventable deaths of about 22,000 women, almost all in developing countries. Additionally, an estimated seven million women and girls experience injuries resulting in impairment and infertility. In contrast, countries where women have the effective right to abortion on request, supported by affordable and effective family planning measures, have the lowest abortion rates.
INTERNATIONAL SAFE ABORTION DAY 28 September 2019
Abortion is Healthcare: 28 Providers
A newsletter from the International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion, featuring the stories of 28 abortion providers, in honour of September 28.
My Body, My Voice: Sharing women’s views on abortion care
Marie Stopes International
27 Sep 2019
Globally, one in four women will access abortion care in their lifetime. Yet, with abortion still highly stigmatised, many of these experiences remain silenced.
To mark International Safe Abortion Day, Marie Stopes International have launched a new report – My Body, My Voice: Women’s views on abortion care. The report provides insights and feedback from over 1,900 safe abortion clients from across Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Abortion Bans Strip People of Their Human Rights. Here's Why We Must Stand In Solidarity Against Them
By Uma Mishra-Newbery and Jaime Todd-Gher
September 27, 2019
Banning abortions isn’t particularly effective. When governments restrict access to abortion, abortions actually continue to take place at roughly the same rate, according to the World Health Organization. But they get less safe. When abortion services are denied or limited, coat hangers, toxic herbal medicines and unqualified practitioners step into the breach, while medical professionals who provide proper care are criminalized.
Total bans or restrictive abortion laws in countries like El Salvador, Poland and more recently several U.S. states (including Louisiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama and Missouri) are designed to control and confine women and girls to stereotypical gender roles. They are an affront to their human rights and dignity and constitute gender discrimination. For transgender and queer people who need abortions, such restrictive laws are the latest in a long line of attacks on their rights and freedoms.
25 Years of Progress on Women’s Health Is in Danger
Because of course it is.
Words: Serra Sippel
Pictures: UN Women
Date: September 25th, 2019
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), and without missing a beat the Trump Administration has pounced on yet another opportunity to renege on US global commitments to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
In the lead-up to the United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting on universal health coverage, which took place on September 23, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary Alex Azar of the US Department of Health and Human Services sent a joint letter to governments asking that they join the US in rejecting longstanding global commitments to sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality.
FIGO Statement for International Safe Abortion Day
FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics) is celebrating and supporting International Safe Abortion Day on September 28th 2019.
FIGO regards reproductive choice, including access to safe abortion services, as a basic and non-negotiable tool for ensuring the human rights of every woman, not just in one region or country, but globally.
When an abortion is provided by qualified providers in appropriate settings, it is one of the safest medical procedures known to science. But it is unacceptable that each year up to 13 percent of maternal deaths worldwide result from unsafe abortion.