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.
Activists in Latin America are mobilizing and demanding action from policymakers to address gender-based violence after a recent rash of femicides.
Next week, governments, NGOs, and business leaders will meet to hammer out funding for the Sustainable Development Goals, the strongest global consensus on recognizing women’s rights and addressing the causes of gender inequality and poverty.
The state of Tlaxcala recently passed an amendment expanding the exceptions in which abortion is permitted. This is good news, but only one step in Mexico’s journey to meeting women’s reproductive rights.
As part of the Advisory Committee of CLACAI, IWHC hopes to step up progress in the region on women’s sexual and reproductive rights.