In Latin America, we support several organizations and networks in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, and Uruguay working to improve women's and young people's health at the community level and influence relevant policies at the country level. We also support regional networks and select groups in other countries whose cutting-edge work has the potential to advance women's and young people's health and rights throughout the region.
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.
While legislative victory in Uruguay is an inspiration for other pro-choice advocates in the region, advocates caution that the struggle to ensure access to safe, legal abortion does not end with legislation.
Last September, one of IWHC’s partner organizations, PROMSEX, along with other feminist organizations in Peru, launched the “Déjala Decidir” (“Let Her Decide”) campaign to collect at least 60,000 signatures in support of a proposal that would decrimina …
IWHC works with Reprolatina in Brazil to educate young people about their sexual and reproductive health and rights. The results so far have been outstanding: In the town of Barro Alto in the state of Goiás, the number of adolescent girls giving birth has dropped from 40 percent in 2010 to 10 percent in 2012.