When Reprolatina arrived in Barro Alto, a city in Goiás State, Brazil, 40 percent of pregnancies were teen pregnancies, twice that of the national rate. The root of the problem quickly became evident: There was no sexuality education in schools and a lack of access to contraception. In this video, learn how Reprolatina tackled this problem and decreased the teen pregnancy rate to 10 percent in two years.
Founded in 2000, Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA) is now one of the few international women’s rights organizations based in the global South, led by Southern feminists, which works at the grassroots, national, regional, and international levels. The organization was established to explore issues of gender and sexuality from a human rights perspective and expand communication between countries in the Global South around these issues, and to foster a new generation of feminist leaders throughout the Global South.
Formed in 2001, APAD is a youth-led organization based in Maruoa, Cameroon, whose membership and leadership consists entirely of survivors of early and forced marriage. APAD educates girls and communities about their human rights, including the right to choose whom and when to marry, and provides literacy and skills-building programs to empower survivors of early and forced marriage to be economically independent and lead autonomous lives.
A bill pending before Brazil’s Congress could make it more difficult for rape victims to receive an abortion.
Stories of discrimiation and abuse of indigenous people in Mexico and throughout Latin America are widespread. A recent workshop in Oaxaca is training indigenous youth to advocate for their rights.
In 2012, Uruguay passed a landmark law permitting abortion. Women’s activists–including IWHC partner Mujer y Salud en Uruguay–have been fighting to improve the law and fending off threats to it ever since.
Women’s health and rights advocates will have to collaborate with the public sector to ensure the goals to ensure universal sexual and reproductive health care are achieved.