Every year, September 28 is observed as a day for activists to take public action in their countries to advocate for access for safe and legal abortion. On September 29, 2014, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, we joined our partners — CDD-Argentina, CELS, and CEDES — and approximately 3,000 women, men, and children, for a march in front of the Argentine Congress to urge lawmakers to pass a bill that would give women the right to an abortion, without exception, in the first trimester.
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.
Founded in Lagos in 1989 and supported by IWHC since 1990, Action Health Incorporated (AHI) is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of adolescents in Nigeria. Over the last 24 years, AHI has advanced efforts within private and public sector programs to include comprehensive, gender-sensitive, life skills and rights-based approaches to sexuality education, and clinical services for young people.
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.
Brazil recently approved legislation that imposes harsher penalties for harming or killing women, a crime referred to as “femicide.”
Every January, we like to take stock of the gains we’ve made to safeguard the health and rights of women and girls around the world. Last year was a difficult. But we also saw reasons for optimism.