Gender counts: Why investing in data on girls means transforming the future

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.

Continued: http://news.trust.org/item/20191011094802-6ijk7


UK announce £600m aid for family planning as US ramps up anti-abortion stance

UK announce £600m aid for family planning as US ramps up anti-abortion stance

Sarah Newey, Global Health Security Correspondent
23 September 2019

Britain announced a £600 million aid package for women's sexual and reproductive health and rights at the United Nations on Monday in the face of opposition from the United States.

Alok Sharma, the UK’s International Development Secretary, told delegates the UK would promote and defend “women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights” – despite the Trump administration circulating a letter calling for the phrase to be dropped on the grounds that it was being interpreted as a new international right to abortion.

Continued: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/women-and-girls/uk-announce-600m-aid-family-planning-us-ramps-anti-abortion/


Liberia – Sweden Underscores Importance of Sexual, Reproductive Health

Sweden Underscores Importance of Sexual, Reproductive Health

By Alvin Worzi
September 9, 2019

Elisabeth Harleman, Counsellor, Head of Development Cooperation and Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Sweden in Monrovia, has underscored the importance of sexual and reproductive health for everyone’s well-being, especially young people.

Madam Harleman made the remark on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at a program marking the launch of DKT International Liberia, an international charitable non-profit organization that promotes family planning and HIV prevention through social marketing.

Continued: https://www.liberianobserver.com/news/sweden-underscores-importance-of-sexual-reproductive-health/


Ghana – Papa Ralph Hotline To Provide Quick Abortion Information

Papa Ralph Hotline To Provide Quick Abortion Information

By Raphael Godlove Ahenu
16.08.2019

Global Media Foundation, human rights media advocacy organization will soon introduce safe abortion information telephone hotlines such as Papa Ralph and Maame Esi in Ghana in helping to provide quick and adequate information on abortion and contraceptives to women especially vulnerable and hard-to-reach young girls who may be considering that option. Such measures according to GLOMEF could reduce maternal morbidity and mortality that results from unsafe abortions in Ghana.

The Founder/CEO of GLOMEF, Raphael Godlove Ahenu who made this known to media, said cultural and religious unacceptability of safe abortion as contributing factor to unsafe abortion practices in Ghana making many women especially young girls indulged in unsafe abortions because they feared the stigma that accompanied unwed pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.modernghana.com/news/950511/papa-ralph-hotline-to-provide-quick-abortion-infor.html


Abortion Has Been Illegal in El Salvador for Two Decades. Here’s What Activists Say U.S. Feminists Should Know.

Abortion Has Been Illegal in El Salvador for Two Decades. Here’s What Activists Say U.S. Feminists Should Know.
"It’s vulnerable women who are criminalized. It’s exactly the same thing that will happen in the United States.”

Jul 16, 2019
Kathy Bougher

Legislatures around the United States have passed increasingly tight restrictions on abortion in the past few years. As the overturning of Roe v. Wade becomes a more realistic possibility, some activists have looked to those in other countries with abortion bans for guidance.

In El Salvador, where abortion has been banned in all circumstances since 1998, activists drew similarities between the two countries’ situations—and told Rewire.News that those concerned about reproductive rights should look to unite with allies beyond their own borders.

continued: https://rewire.news/article/2019/07/16/abortion-has-been-illegal-in-el-salvador-for-two-decades-heres-what-activists-say-u-s-feminists-should-know/


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/


In Conversation With Rola Yasmine: Women in Conflict Areas And Their Reproductive Rights

In Conversation With Rola Yasmine: Women in Conflict Areas And Their Reproductive Rights

By Asia Safe Abortion Partnership -
May 23, 2019

The last decade has seen a drastic increase in the number of people who are displaced or living in conflict zones, and in need of humanitarian assistance. As is the case when it comes to living with vulnerabilities, the lives of women and children, especially young girls, face the brunt of marginalization. In 2016, it was estimated that of the approximately 100 million people who were targeted with humanitarian aid, an estimated 26 million were women and girls of reproductive age. It is perhaps then, unnecessary to underline that the sexual and reproductive health and rights of people living in emergency situations, particularly women and girls, requires urgent attention.

continued: https://feminisminindia.com/2019/05/23/rola-yasmine-abortion-conflict-areas/


Channels of safe abortion will reduce maternal death rate

Channels of safe abortion will reduce maternal death rate
Abortion stigma, rules on pregnancy termination lead women to their graves

by PURITY NTHIANA
30 April 2019

Unsafe abortion accounts for up to 11 per cent of global maternal deaths, according to a new report by the United Nations Population Fund.

Some 31,000 women die every year as a result of unsafe abortion, while eight million suffer from abortion-related complications. By giving women access to safe abortion services especially in a situation where the pregnancy threatens the life and health of a woman, it will become significantly less likely that women will risk their health by undergoing unsafe abortion from unqualified service providers.

Women should be given quality services to end their unwanted pregnancies without putting their lives at risk. Increasing access to safe abortion will improve the health of families, enhance education rates and boost people’s economic prospects.

Youth health advocate, NAYA Kenya

Source: https://www.the-star.co.ke/opinion/star-blogs/2019-04-30-channels-of-safe-abortion-will-reduce-maternal-death-rate/


CONCEPT FOUNDATION – Quality-assured mifepristone–misoprostol combi-pack

CONCEPT FOUNDATION – Quality-assured mifepristone–misoprostol combi-pack

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
April 5, 2019

The Concept Foundation is finalizing the first part of a project with the goal to increase the availability and accessibility of quality-assured, affordable combi-packs of medical abortion pills to all women who seek a safe medical abortion. So far, the groundwork has been laid for work in two regions: Central Asia and Southern Africa. The momentum has led to a second phase of funding to support the longer-term initiatives for increased access to these critical medicines. One of the goals of this project is to work towards pooled-procurement of safe medical abortion combi-packs, to allow smaller countries and regions to place orders together in order to benefit from the lowest possible price of this quality assured product. They are working with a few manufacturers of quality-assured combi-packs. They have produced several documents to help with these efforts, among others on the cost structure of mife-miso combi-packs, the quality assurance of the products, and a complete roadmap for introducing products in countries.

Concept Foundation continues to support efforts to increase access to Medabon®, the only quality-assured mifepristone–misoprostol combi-pack currently available in LMICs at an affordable price. UNFPA proposes the combipack at the lowest possible price. [Each pack contains one mifepristone 200 mg tablet to be taken orally and four 200 mcg misoprostol tablets to be used 24-48 hours later – either sub-lingually or vaginally]. The combi-pack is currently registered in more than 15 countries. The Foundation continues to engage with partners and to support registration and introduction in more countries in need. Their progress continues to show that it is possible to increase access to affordable, quality-assured reproductive health products that improve and save women’s lives.

SOURCE: Conception Foundation E-mail, 28 March 2019

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Source: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/concept-foundation-quality-assured-mifepristone-misoprostol-combi-pack/


Unsafe and Illegal Abortions in Nepal

Unsafe and Illegal Abortions in Nepal

By Bryan Kulka
March 1, 2019

Despite the fact that abortion has been legalized in Nepal since 2002, the number of unsafe and illegal procedures remains dreadfully high. The main reasons being: lack of awareness and cultural shame. For a country that has 50% unwanted pregnancies, this is a large scale sanitary crisis.

“We [Neplali] have different mentalities about health care. We never think about tomorrow which is really bad. We all need to think about it now and act.” A Volunteer from Awareness Programs

Continued: https://kathmandutribune.com/unsafe-and-illegal-abortions-in-nepal/