We work to expand the availability and quality of safe abortion services as part of comprehensive reproductive health policies and programs. We understand that restrictive abortion laws do not reduce the number of abortions; instead they force the procedure underground and into the hands of unqualified practitioners.
With support from IWHC, CDD-Brazil is working to ensure access to safe and legal abortion in the world's largest Catholic country. The group engages in media and advocacy campaigns and provides a feminist perspective on Catholic theology.
In this video produced by CDD-Brazil, a young obstetrician discusses cultural taboos placed on women and explains why she thinks abortion should be legalized.
IWHC is supporting PROMSEX to challenge Peru's criminal laws on abortion. The sexual rights organization has partnered with other feminist groups in Peru to launch the Dejala Decidir ("Let Her Decide") campaign to petition Congress to decriminalize abortion in cases of rape.
The campaign has already gathered nearly 100,000 signatures from Peruvian citizens demanding that Congress change the abortion law. PROMSEX is working to gather support from additional Congressmembers before presenting the petition.
After an exhausting, but exhilarating two weeks at the United Nations, the Commission on the Status of Women closed with a strong commitment from governments to promote the health and human rights of women and girls.
After two weeks of intense negotiations, the Commission on the Status of Women ended early this morning with a strong call to prioritize gender equality and the human rights of women and girls in order to achieve sustainable development.
Dejala Decidir in Peru has submitted 60,000 signatures in support of a bill that would decriminalize abortion in cases of rape. Currently, abortion is only allowed if the pregnancy threatens the life or health of the mother.
More than 60 feminists from 31 countries and 47 organizations gathered in upstate New York over three days to define a global feminist agenda for the next two years. The result is a bold call to action to world leaders.