Rwanda – Riviera High School defies govt directive on pregnancy test

By Edwin Ashimwe

April 14,

A few months after the Ministry of Education ordered schools to stop asking for
a pregnancy test as a precondition for admission, Riviera High School has
defied the directive.

In a letter from Kabuga-based school signed by its principal Boniface Onyango
and addressed to parents, a pregnancy test is one of the requirements for
admission for all female students.


Rwanda celebrates International Safe Abortion Day

By Joan Mbabazi
Published : September 30, 2020

Participants representing different organisations encouraged the youth and women to make use of safe abortion services.

Health Development Initiative (HDI) on Monday, September 28 partnered with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and other organisations to celebrate the International Safe Abortion Day. The celebrations were held at Kibagabaga Hospital and the main message for the day centred on measures to prevent unwanted pregnancies.


Rwanda – HDI trains future physicians on safe abortion

by Ange Iliza
Published : August 17, 2020

Health Development Initiative, a local NGO that seeks to boost the living standards of Rwandans, has carried out an intensive practical training about rights, legal frameworks pertaining to safe abortion.

The training that was held in Kigali on August 14-15, was attended by over 40 final year medical students who have already started operating in different hospitals in Rwanda.


Rwanda – If you are under 18, the law limits your access to reproductive health services. It is time to change, activists say

By Ange Iliza
August 13, 2020

The law relating to Human Reproductive Health in Rwanda grants every person the right to medical services and information related to human reproductive health.

However, the law limits people under 18 years of age from deciding for themselves on issues regarding reproductive health and offers no clear guidelines on how adolescents can access services related to sexual health and reproduction.


Access to emergency contraceptive pills is a woman’s right, not a luxury

Pharmacies price the pill at Rwf 10,000, Rwf 15,000, or even Rwf 25,000 instead of Rwf 4,200
By Dr Aflodis Kagaba
Published : June 29, 2020

During an unexpected and often dangerous situation, a person is required to take immediate action, the same applies to the prevention of an unwanted pregnancy.

The ever-increasing access to birth control for Rwandan women is a sign of progress in supporting them to take more control of their bodies.


Rwanda to release 50 women jailed for having abortions

Rwanda to release 50 women jailed for having abortions
Activists welcome pardons, but call for relaxation of abortion laws and an end to punitive measures such as life sentences

Christophe Hitayezu in Kigali
Published on Thu 21 May 2020

Rwanda is to release 50 women who were jailed for having abortions after a personal pardon was issued by the country’s president, Paul Kagame.

Human rights activists welcomed the pending release of the women, six of whom had been given life sentences – the highest penalty available to the courts – two serving 25 years and the others terms ranging from 12 months to 20 years.


As Rwanda frees women arrested on abortion charges, questions come on abortion rights in Africa

As Rwanda frees women arrested on abortion charges, questions come on abortion rights in Africa

Nii Ntreh
May 21, 2020

The president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, has pardoned some 50 women who were arrested and prosecuted for the offenses of either having an abortion or assisting in the process.

This follows another 52 who were released last year for the same crime. The country’s Justice Minister, Johnston Busingye, said the most recent release consists of the last batch of women prosecuted for the termination of pregnancies.


Rwanda orders release of young women jailed over abortions

Rwanda orders release of young women jailed over abortions

by Ignatius Ssuuna, The Associated Press
Posted May 19, 2020

KIGALI, Rwanda — Rwanda’s president has pardoned and ordered the release of 50 young women who were jailed for having or assisting with abortions.

Justice Minister Johnston Busingye said the women released Tuesday were the last to be freed. Last year, President Paul Kagame ordered the release of 52 women.


Rwanda – Let’s stop restrictions on contraceptives for teenagers

Let’s stop restrictions on contraceptives for teenagers

By Andre Ndayambaje
Published : March 12, 2020

Mercy Mbabazi died at the age of 14 from severe infection due to unsafe abortion. Although she attempted to use emergency contraceptives to avoid that pregnancy, Mercy was not given the morning after pills because Rwandan laws say that teenagers need permission from their parents or must be accompanied by their guardians to access reproductive health services.

Mercy is just one case in an epidemic of teenage pregnancies sweeping Rwanda. Recent data shows that teenage pregnancies in the country have increased by 200 per cent in the last ten years. In the last four years, 78,000 teenage births were reported in Rwanda.


Rwandan president pardons 52 abortion convicts

Rwandan pardons 52 abortion convicts

Published on 12.10.2019
By APA News

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has signed a decree on pardoning 52 abortion convicts including those convicted for the offenses of infanticide, on the eve of the celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child, in a statement obtained Saturday by APA in Kigali. The statement issued from the Cabinet meeting chaired by President Kagame said the presidential pardon means that the President has exercised his power of mercy to give people another chance.

Rwandan minister of Justice, Johnston Busingye said the President finds it fitting to give these convicts a second chance.