Zimbabwe – Timely Pitch: Women Still Need Contraceptives During Lockdown

Timely Pitch: Women Still Need Contraceptives During Lockdown

by Edinah Masiyiwa
28.4.2020

Recently, my work phone rang and on the other end was a woman called Tendai (not her real name). Tendai needed to get a replenishment of her contraceptives. She tried to go to the women’s clinic that morning.

Our clinics were deemed essential and are open, but Tendai could not reach one as there was no public transport running in her area. Quickly, I assured Tendai that I would call her back with a solution. Fortunately, Women’s Action Group, the organisation I work for, is part of a coalition working on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and I was able to connect her to a service provider who helped her obtain her contraceptives as they could offer transport within a given radius and she lived close enough to receive that help.

Continued: https://www.thezimbabwean.co/2020/04/timely-pitch-women-still-need-contraceptives-during-lockdown/


Lockdown in Colombia will affect the right to abortion, says human rights lawyer

Lockdown in Colombia will affect the right to abortion, says human rights lawyer
What happens when a woman has to terminate her pregnancy during lockdown?

Translation posted 3 April 2020

Although necessary for the health protection of citizens, measures taken by the Colombian government to contain the COVID-19 infection, including the national lockdown and closing the borders, may hinder the access of Colombian and Venezuelan women to services that are essential to their sexual and reproductive health.

“In times of pandemic, women will still require the services necessary for accessing safe abortions, emergency contraception, and protection from sexual violence and abuse,” Selene Soto, a lawyer from the Women’s Link Worldwide organization in Bogota, told Global Voices.

Continued: https://globalvoices.org/2020/04/03/lockdown-in-colombia-will-affect-the-right-to-abortion-says-human-rights-lawyer/


Africa – What difference does a law make?

What difference does a law make?

Unsafe abortion – responsible for some 18% of all maternal deaths in sub-Saharan Africa – is one of the most neglected sexual and reproductive health problems in the world today. A new collection in International Journal for Equity in Health aims to shed light on the articulation between the legal, political, social, and cultural conditions that work to enhance or hinder access to safe abortion services.

Marte E. S. Haaland
19 Dec 2019

Worldwide, as many as 19-20 million women resort to unsafe abortions every year. Many of these result in complications that cause considerable damage and even death, making abortion a key issue of women’s health and gender equity. Nevertheless, abortion remains a contentious issue among global health actors, and is often neglected and overlooked. When abortion is addressed, it is commonly discussed in terms of legalization or criminalization, and liberal abortion laws are often understood as synonymous to easy access to abortion services. A recently published collection in the International Journal for Equity in Health scrutinizes this assumption and asks the question: What difference does an abortion law really make for girls’ and women’s access to safe abortion services?

Continued: https://blogs.biomedcentral.com/on-health/2019/12/19/what-difference-does-a-law-make/


Kenya – Guidelines can stop unnecessary abortion deaths

Guidelines can stop unnecessary abortion deaths
Unsafe abortions could be one of the main causes of maternal mortality in Kenya.

By GEORGE MORARA
July 11, 2019

In April 2012, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights released a report on the status of sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls in Kenya. This was the result of a public inquiry following a complaint by the Federation of Women Lawyers and the Centre for Reproductive Rights that, despite having in place a progressive legal and policy framework, women and girls still face sexual and reproductive health violations.

ARBITRARILY DRAWN

The KNCHR cited several barriers that impede access to quality sexual and reproductive health services — including unavailability of abortion and post-abortion services, lack of accurate and comprehensive information and high cost of services.

Continued: https://mobile.nation.co.ke/blogs/Guidelines-can-stop-unnecessary-abortion-deaths/1949942-5192566-ck62ik/index.html


Nigeria – Family planning saves lives, reduces maternal mortality, abortion – expert

Family planning saves lives, reduces maternal mortality, abortion – expert

Saturday, May 25, 2019

A family planning expert, Dr Uwemedimo Esiet, has advised Nigerian women to adopt new reproductive health care products.

Esiet, Director and Co-Founder, Action Health Incorporated (AHI), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), gave the advice in Owerri on Saturday at a one-day “High Level Advocacy Meeting on ‘Sayana Press Roll Out Project”.

The advocacy meeting was organised by AHI in conjunction with UNFPA and Imo State Government.

Continued: https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2019/05/25/family-planning-saves-lives-reduces-maternal-mortality-abortion-expert/


OPINION: Sexual violence continues in conflict and so must our care for survivors

OPINION: Sexual violence continues in conflict and so must our care for survivors

by Alvaro Bermejo | International Planned Parenthood Federation
Thursday, 23 May 2019

In the humanitarian sector, we are often asked why sexual and reproductive healthcare is necessary in situations of conflict and fragility.

The answer is clear. Women and girls all too often bear the brunt of humanitarian crises. Lacking the usual protective measures such as the family unit or home, women and girls become more vulnerable to sexual violence. It can be more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier in armed conflict.

Continued: http://news.trust.org//item/20190523081319-pgxho/


Statement by Civil Society Organizations on abortion stigma in Kenya

Statement by Civil Society Organizations on abortion stigma in Kenya

We the undersigned 12 civil society organizations want to sound the alarm regarding women and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health services and information, including on abortion.

23/03/2019

Statement by Civil Society Organizations on abortion stigma in Kenya

We are specifically concerned about irresponsible billboards with misleading information on abortion that recently were posted in Nairobi. The messages on the billboards will fuel the stigma that surrounds abortion. Every day seven women and girls die from unsafe abortion in Kenya, yet these deaths are entirely preventable. The messaging in these billboards coupled with the misguided actions taken to ban the provision of abortion services by the Marie Stopes Kenya make it necessary for us to intervene.

Continued: https://www.womenslinkworldwide.org/en/news-and-publications/press-room/statement-by-civil-society-organizations-on-abortion-stigma-in-kenya


Abortion bill in Malawi gets a nod from religious leaders

Abortion bill in Malawi gets a nod from religious leaders

Feb 24, 2019
by Emily Banda

As part of the burden of addressing unsafe abortions that are contributing to maternal deaths, Malawi needs to urgently review its archaic abortion law, liberal clerics have said.

The clerics are concerned that 439 women out of every 100,000 die in Malawi due to pregnant-related causes.

Continued: https://csjnews.org/2019/02/24/abortion-bill-malawi-gets-nod/


Establish Youth Friendly Centres Dedicated To Providing Sexual And Reproductive Health Services – DevComs To Nigerian Govt.

Establish Youth Friendly Centres Dedicated To Providing Sexual And Reproductive Health Services – DevComs To Nigerian Govt.

11/07/2018
Posted by: Editor

A Nigeria based NGO, Development Communications Network (DevComs) has called for the establishment of Youth Friendly Centres dedicated to providing sexual and reproductive health services that meets the special needs of the target group.

“it is important to establish Youth Friendly Centres dedicated to providing sexual and reproductive health services that meets young people at their point of need rather than resorting to practices that endangers their lives,” says Akin Jimoh, programme Director of DevComs in a statement on the 2018 World Population Day.

Continued: https://www.africaprimenews.com/2018/07/11/news/establish-youth-friendly-centres-dedicated-to-providing-sexual-and-reproductive-health-services-devcoms-to-nigerian-govt/


Ensure sex workers in India have access to sexual reproductive health services

Ensure sex workers in India have access to sexual reproductive health services
We must ensure that every woman receives SRH services she needs — without being shamed or judged. No country will be fully developed unless all its women are safe and healthy

Jun 08, 2018
Sonal Mehta and Shamnu Rao

Geeta, 18, (name changed) came to Delhi hoping to support her impoverished family, back in her village in Uttar Pradesh. She did not anticipate that the man who promised her employment would sell her into sex work. When she approached the nearest health facility for an abortion, the doctor on learning of her occupation denied her services. Although she was not a minor, he asked for her parents’ consent, citing that she was unmarried. While the abortion was eventually provided when a local community leader intervened, Geeta realised that she and other women in sex work would always struggle to access safe abortion services.

The consequences of the lack of access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services can be dire for women.

Continued: https://www.hindustantimes.com/opinion/ensure-sex-workers-in-india-have-access-to-sexual-reproductive-health-services/story-RVTvzu1CealCKvwi8j3WxH.html