Abortion in Brazil's Most Recent Presidential Campaigns

I traveled to my home country, Brazil, during the recent Presidential elections in which, for the first time in history, two women were among the top leading candidates. After a first round in which none of them secured over 50% of the votes, President Lula’s candidate, Dilma Roussef, and opposition candidate Jose…

Despite Legal Restrictions, Many Brazilian Women Have Abortions

In Brazil, where abortion is illegal under most circumstances, a pioneer domiciliary survey has revealed that one out of seven urban women age 18-39 has had an abortion.  Because of the restrictive laws in Brazil, women who manage to get abortions frequently are subjected to unsafe and unsanitary conditions. Of the approximately 5 million Brazilian women…

Women's Groups Critique Haiti Post-Disaster Needs Assessment at the United Nations

Tomorrow, representatives of donor governments will meet at a conference at the United Nations in New York to pledge their contributions to Haiti as the nation recovers from January’s catastrophic earthquake. Prior to the conference, a post-disaster needs assessment (PDNA) was prepared to serve as a blueprint for Haiti’s reconstruction. However, the PDNA lacks crucial…

The International Feminist Solidarity Camp Addresses Women's Rights In Haiti

Last Wednesday, January 27th, Latin American and Caribbean feminist activists launched the…

Honduran Government In Uproar Over Emergency Contraception

In a despicable act last month the de facto Government of Honduras, through its Department of Health, issued the Acuerdo No. 2744, a normative that prohibits the use, promotion and distribution of emergency contraception pills, also known as “morning-after pills”. This news follows a story that we posted last spring, when the Honduran Congress…

Maria Lucia Lopes de Oliveira wins Prize for Women's Creativity in Rural Life

We are delighted to announce that Maria Lucia Lopes de Oliveira, of IWHC’s Brazilian partner Cunhã Coletivo Feminista, has just won the 2009 Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF) Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life. The prize is awarded annually…

Hoping for Progress: Brazil Supreme Court Will Soon Rule on Abortion Law

In Brazil, abortion is a crime in most circumstances, including when the woman is carrying an anencephalic fetus – a fetus whose brain is undeveloped and will thus die in the uterus or right after birth. As soon as this month, Brazil’s Supreme Court will rule on a case that might decriminalize abortion for cases…

Blogging from the UN: Combating Violence Against Girls

One month after the New York Times Magazine dedicated an entire issue to the discussion of why women’s rights are the cause of our time, events and meetings related to the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York this week echoed the need for investment in women and…